"You see, I'm perfect, my strength is perfect, and with that I shall bring equally perfect destruction through the rest of the universe."
Cell (セル Seru) is the ultimate creation of Dr. Gero, who came from a future timeline, designed to possess all the abilities of the greatest fighters to have ever inhabited or visited Earth; the result was a "perfect warrior", possessing numerous favorable genetic traits and special abilities. He was one of the few Red Ribbon Androids not directly completed by Dr. Gero; he was completed by Dr. Gero's Supercomputer. He is the main antagonist of the Imperfect Cell, Perfect Cell, and Cell Games Sagas.
In his Imperfect form, unlike his larval form, Cell walks fully upright on two legs. His facial features have not yet fully developed, and he still retains an orifice-like mouth (which generally obscures four sharp teeth, as revealed in "Silent Warrior"), rather than traditional human-like features seen in later forms. The two sections of his head shoot off in a V-shape resembling a boomerang-shape, rather than nearly straight upward, as in the next two forms. Cell is later shown using the power he absorbed from his victims by having a golden aura with the appearance of wailing souls. Cell has orange color parts near his abdominal area, the back of his head, and even near his groin area. He has two wings which are both emerald green with black spots. He has an emerald green and lime green mix all over his exoskeleton (including head, arms, legs, tail and hands) along with black spots. He has three fingers in the manga, but five fingers and three toes (just as similar as Frieza and King Cold) in the anime. He has a tail like Frieza and King Cold, but has a stinger included at the end of it and his tail comes out from the back not the pelvis. He has black sections as well near his abdominal area, in the middle between the two sections on his head, and even the black part of the opposite side of his tail. He even has azure veins in both of his arms, legs, and even some in the joints in his upper body. His eyes are pink (blue in the manga colored pages) with thin reptilian-like slits.
In his Semi-Perfect form after absorbing Android 17, Cell's wings disappear, and he becomes much more humanoid, he also becomes quite a bit more muscular. His exoskeleton is still emerald green and lime green with black spots from his previous form while the abdominal area and his section near his groin are still orange and his veins are still azure, but now has black plates on the arms and legs and the black spots on his hands are completely gone. While the nose is not yet fully formed (as it is in the next stage), he now has an actual mouth. The two jutting sections of his head now go straight into the air. In this form, he is at his 2nd largest (next to his Power weighted form) with his height being one and a half times that of Vegeta. His tail is longer and slightly thicker than before, and protrudes from his back, as well as becoming segmented orange and black instead of emerald green and black from his previous form. His voice is deeper than his previous form. The back of his head and the black section on his forehead are now formed together as a ball in between the two sections on his head. His lips are now the color pink (lilac in the manga colored pages), and the black sections above his lips look like a mustache (except it is part of his skin). He now has light blue eyes (red in the manga colored pages) in this form (a direct result of absorbing Android 17). He even has boot-like feet in this form and metal-like plates all around both of his ankles. He has the same shape of ears as Frieza's, except that his have an orange line (yellow in the manga colored pages) that goes down to the chin and to both sides of the ears. His wings regress completely into his back. In his self-destruction form, Semi-Perfect Cell bloats himself, his belly greatly expanding in size. He also claimed that his bloated appearance was unstable, and that a single touch may set him off when dissuading Gohan from trying to stop him.
Cell becomes much more humanoid in his Perfect form after absorbing Android 18, complete with both a fully-formed nose and mouth. His tail is retracted and now used for the creation of Cell Jrs, although it is shown in various media that he can still extend it from his back and absorb other people (as seen in Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, and Cell's ability to absorb people in his perfect form is mentioned in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2). Along with his previous two forms, Cell can transform into a Super Saiyan though again only Cell's aura changes, though he can also utilize a Power Stressed state that is presumably his version of Super Saiyan Third Grade as his muscles bulk up to the point of reducing his speed even recognizing the drawback of doing so which he noted to Future Trunks only showing him his Power Stressed form to prove he could do the same, though he later made the same mistake when he used the form against Super Saiyan 2 Gohan in desperation. He is also smaller than in his previous form, being roughly about Piccolo's height, although this still means he towers over characters like Goku and Vegeta. His wings have grown back and now are shaded black. His exoskeleton (including the abdominal area and arms) is no longer emerald green and lime green with black spots from the last two forms, but are now colored light-green with dark green spots and has black plates located on his shoulders and chest, and the plates on his ankles as well as the previously orange section near his groin are now shaded black. He also retains the boot-like feet and the straight jutting sections of his head with the ball-like section between the two sections from his previous form. His skin is now white all in his face, neck and hands, he now has purple lines in both sides of his cheeks, similar to Frieza in his first three forms, and the orange line across his ears and chin is now changed into a yellow color. His eyes are now pink (red in the manga colored pages), and his blue veins are now purple (in the manga colored pages, they are blue).
In his Power Stressed form his muscles become over engorged though when he uses it against Gohan he utilizes a larger and heavier Power Weighted form which bulks him up even more while increasing his size presumably due to the influence of his Namekian cells.
In his Super Perfect state, Cell's appearance is identical to his Perfect form. Nonetheless, his power increases exponentially. His aura crackles with surges of blue electricity, much like a Super Saiyan 2 indicating his Super Perfect Form may be Cell's version of said form. In Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, Super Perfect Cell's intense energy flow makes his carapace glow a lighter shade of green while in the Xenoverse series it gives his carapace a reflective sheen.
"You fool! Don't you realize yet you're up against the perfect weapon?!"
Cell has an original personality, with various other characters' personality traits added in; Gero's computer redesigned the weak aspects of the original personality, adding in the personalities of various different characters to make him the perfect weapon. Throughout the Androids Arc, Cell's personality changes drastically with each transformation. At first, Cell's desire to complete his evolution by absorbing both Android 17 and Android 18 is what fuels him in his imperfect form. Upon reaching his final form, his eagerness to test the limits of his newfound power is what defines his character. Cell is unique among most villains of the series in that he is quite sophisticated. Because of his genetic composition from other warriors, he is able to psychologically manipulate those warriors and exploit their weaknesses to his advantage. He also found the Dragon Balls' reviving ability to be a nuisance, as evidenced by his relief when he learned that the Dragon Balls were rendered inert due to Piccolo and Kami's fusion.
Initially, Cell is completely single-minded in the pursuit of his goals and is very cautious, sneaky, cunning, and calculating in achieving his main goal of perfection. Upon reaching his first transformation, he becomes far more brash and impulsive in his actions, relying less on strategy and more on brute force, often becoming clouded and losing his ability to think rationally when things don't go his way. However, he does retain at least some degree of a strategic mind, as he got the idea to exploit Vegeta's arrogant desire for a challenge to manipulate him into allowing him to absorb 18. Upon reaching perfection, Cell displays a number of traits shared by those whose cells he possesses; Piccolo's cunning, Vegeta's pride, Goku's laid-back disposition, Frieza's smugness (as well as some of his psychopathy), and the Saiyan lust for battle. He is also shown to be calm and genuinely polite in this Perfect form. Perhaps Cell's most distinguishable trait in this form is his uninhibited vanity, which he shamelessly puts on display by launching the Cell Games, a tournament organized for the sole purpose of showing off his newfound power. It can also be seen during Cell's confrontation with Gohan when he affirms his true purpose: the annihilation of anything he considers imperfect, a category in which he places everyone and everything but himself. But when he is outmatched he quickly becomes desperate and makes mistakes. Ironically, the arrogant trait Vegeta displayed to allow Cell to achieve his perfect form was the same trait Cell used to force Gohan to awaken his hidden powers, which led to his own downfall, almost directly emulating Vegeta.
In the English manga, Cell is referred to as "it", while in the anime (and the Japanese versions of both), he is referred to as "he." He is likely described that way in the English manga to emphasize the fact that he is an artificial being (though the English manga does occasionally refer to him as "he").
As Imperfect Cell, Cell is completely single-minded in the pursuit of his goals to complete his evolution, as he is extremely eager to discover what attaining perfection would feel like. His desire is to absorb both Android 17 and Android 18. Imperfect Cell is very cautious, sneaky, cunning, and calculating; he does not chase after the Androids directly since he knows he cannot beat them before he absorbs enough human energy. Although obsessed with attaining perfection, Cell was willing to temporarily put aside his plans to absorb 17 and 18 if it meant that he had to deal any possible threat to his plans, as seen how he chose to dispatch Piccolo and attempted to do so with 16 rather than immediately going after 17 and 18.
However, despite his usually cautious and savvy nature, Imperfect Cell could still be seen to be somewhat arrogant, seen by how he openly revealed his plans to Piccolo when under the impression that he had won.
It is implied by his statements to Piccolo in the manga and anime that Future Trunks was responsible for the deaths of Future Mecha Frieza and Future King Cold, as well as his assertion that Dr. Gero didn't collect Trunks' cells was cause Cell already had plenty Saiyan DNA, that he himself mistook the Future Trunks' killing Frieza and King Cold in the main timeline being the same event that occurred in his timeline, despite the fact that it logically makes no sense when one considers Future Trunks' assertion that Future Goku used Instant Transmission to reach Earth to kill Future Mecha Frieza and his father, once Future Trunks learned that he had altered history needlessly as he kill them due to being unaware Goku could teleport via Instant Transmission, as Future Trunks came to the past to warn Goku about the Androids and give him heart medicine. As Cell's timeline is essentially an unaltered version of Trunks' timeline (Future Trunks created a new alternate future timeline when he killed the Androids and Future Cell after returning to the future from the Cell Games which was a direct result of Cell traveling into the past), Future Goku likely killed Future Frieza and Future King Cold, though Future Trunks' cells were not collected once he was born as he was just a baby and Vegeta's cells had already been collected along with Goku's (and Nappa's according to the Funimation dub) thus Cell was correct in that regard though his train of logic was wrong as it had noting to do with Future Frieza and Future King Cold. Cell likely did not know how Frieza and King Cold died in his timeline as Dr. Gero stopped recording Goku's battles after the Vegeta Saga and his computer apparently only sent out drones to collect cell samples, thus Cell like Dr. Gero and Android 19 lacked data on those battles, thus explaining his confusion (as time travel itself is a complex and confusing concept due to the multiple factors that come into play). Ironically these factors made Imperfect Cell's train of logic "imperfect" (which may have been a hidden joke/pun on Akira Toriyama's part as Imperfect Cell's flawed explanation of his origins originated from the manga).
After he achieves his Semi-Perfect form, Cell no longer cares about absorbing other creatures, and becomes obsessed with finding Android 18 to complete his quest for perfection. He also becomes slightly more arrogant because of his power increase, as well as rash and impatient. His arrogance is short-lived though; he is easily outclassed by Vegeta's Super Saiyan Second Grade form. After finding that his Semi-Perfect form is no match for his opponent, Cell convinces Vegeta to allow him to absorb Android 18 to attain the Perfect Form (which he is able to do as he appeals to Vegeta's ego and the natural Saiyan drive to fight stronger opponents, both of which Cell is aware of, as he possesses Vegeta's cells). He is also prone to tantrums when things don't go his way.
According to his bios in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 and Budokai Tenkaichi 3, in his new form, he seems to feel that he is the most powerful living specimen on the planet, and it is suggested that this arrogant attitude may have been influenced by Vegeta's genes (meaning Vegeta's cells may become more prominent while in this form, which seems to be supported by the fact he uses at least two of Vegeta's signature moves in this form, albeit only in the anime: Galick Gun and a modified Big Bang Attack). It may also be due to his absorption of Android 17 and the genes of Frieza, both of whom are very egotistical and intolerant of the idea of anyone being better than themselves. To further support the notion of his superiority, Android 16, who barely survives his brief encounter with this form of Cell, thinks to himself that there should be no one in the universe ready to challenge him at this point (and that it is odd how he is still so obsessed with achieving completion), until this preconception is shattered by Cell's embarrassment against the self-proclaimed "Super Vegeta".
After absorbing No. 18 and becoming perfect, Cell becomes significantly more arrogant in this form, due to the massive increase in power. After attaining the perfect form he had long desired, Cell admitted to Trunks that he had found himself with no other purpose, even killing Goku, which was Dr. Gero's intended purpose for Cell, did not seem to satisfy him. Thus, he saw his Cell Games as the opportunity to discover a new purpose; to test his new-found power. This could also be attributed by his own vanity.
In this form, Cell gains Frieza's polite mannerisms (though without the snide sarcasm) and sadistic personality, relishing in seeing people terrified, as he admitted to Future Trunks when he revealed his intention for the Cell Games. This was further shown in the anime, while waiting for the Cell Games, he chose to terrorize the people of Earth simply for his own amusement. Akira Toriyama himself surmised that the concept behind the Cell Games may have been influenced by King Piccolo's cells which makes sense as King Piccolo also enjoyed terrorizing the people of Earth in a similar manner and both broadcasted their evil intentions on television just to instill fear into Earth's population. Thus he possesses the villainous traits from King Piccolo, Vegeta, and Frieza.
Much like Goku, Cell seems to take on a carefree and laid-back attitude, not losing any form of his composure until he was faced with the prospect of a being stronger than him. Cell has adopted Goku's, as well as Vegeta's, desire to battle strong opponents, which was another purpose of the Cell Games. The fact that prior to facing Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, Cell still chose to hold back his full power, Cell was willing to handicap himself in order to challenge his own limits. Despite this, however, if Cell finds that his opponents were not adequate challenges, he would not hesitate to finish the battle quickly or discontinue it, reflecting his arrogance. Before fighting Gohan, Cell saw Goku as the only worthy opponent and displayed excitement when fighting him. Cell even expressed discontent and outrage when Goku had decided to forfeit his battle against Cell.
After coming back in his Super Perfect form, the huge influx of power causes his already inflated ego to increase dramatically. He becomes notably more deranged, frequently shouting and exhibiting bizarre facial ticks at random intervals (although this may be largely due to his rage over being humiliated by Gohan). In addition, the intro narration for Cell Returns has the narrator referring to Cell as a "demented demon". Cell also became more hotheaded and rash, seen by how he immediately chose to risk destroying the entire solar system simply to defeat Gohan.
After returning from his brush with death, Cell saw himself as true perfection, believing himself to be immortal, as he was unable to die (save for the unlikely possibility of dying in battle). Oddly, despite having every intention of destroying the planet, he was heard thinking "That's the spirit" when Gohan's challenges Cell to a Kamehameha duel (although this was likely because he wanted the latter to give it his all as a means to prove Cell's own superiority). Even as he was slowly destroyed by Gohan's final attack, Cell could not comprehend why he was defeated, exclaiming that he was perfection itself. When in the throes of defeat, Cell seems to almost lose his sanity. Screaming in rage and confusion as he believes no one can defeat "perfection" (or himself). These traits show that Cell most likely has inherited some of Frieza's mental illness and insanity (also matching his psychotic and sadistic traits).
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Perfect Cell is shown to retain his fondness for absorbing people, though he reason for doing so is not to increase his power but for his own enjoyment. To alleviate his boredom he offers to train the Future Warrior, though threatens he will absorb them should they fail or refuse. While training the Future Warrior, Cell is impressed by the Warrior's growth and even finds that he enjoys teaching and training others, to the point he even suggests he might take on more students. Presumably this trait may come from Piccolo and/or Goku. If the Future Warrior manages to bond fully with both Cell and Frieza a special event occurs where Cell encounters 1st form Frieza for the first time. Though he and Frieza are allies in the anime filler and Dragon Ball GT, during this meeting in Xenoverse 2 Cell is shown to look down on Frieza during this meeting as he contributes his loss during the Cell Games to Frieza's Cells due to Frieza's loss to the Saiyans (Goku and Future Trunks), showing that Perfect Cell seems to blame his faults on others who's DNA he possesses such as Frieza. In return Frieza is show to dislike Cell's smug and arrogant attitude towards him which ironically is a trait that comes from Frieza himself.
However, when Imperfect Cell fights Frieza in the Xenoverse 2 there is a special dialog where Frieza is intrigued by Cell and asks who he is. Cell states that he guesses he should thank him for "supplying" his DNA, even calling it an act of generosity in the Funimation dub of Xenoverse 2.
If Perfect Cell fights with Cell Junior it will act disrespectfully towards him angering Cell causing him to state "How dare you! How dare you act that way towards your father...! You are nothing but a miserable failure." showing that he does not like being disrespected by his children. In Xenoverse 2 when fighting Android 13, Imperfect Cell suspects that Android 13 may be one of his early prototypes as he notes his ability to grow stronger through absorbing the components of other Androids. Perfect Cell (in both his Perfect and Super Perfect forms) however considers Android 13 to be an outdated model.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ, after he is revived Cell is determined to prove himself superior to Android 21, a newer model Bio-Android created from the human mother of Dr. Gero's son & Android 16's human template that incorporates the cells of countless warriors including Cell himself and Majin Buu as well as countless scientists and researchers. However in both the Super Warrior Arc and Android 21 Arc, he is shown to be inferior to Android 21 and is absorbed by Android 21 in the first arc while absorbed by Android 21 (Evil) in the final arc. In the Enemy Warrior Arc, he joins forces with the revived Frieza Force (Frieza, Nappa, Saibamen, Ginyu Force, and an unseen Sorbet). He and Frieza later declare a temporary truce with the Z Fighters in order to combat Android 21 and her army of clones, as the power suppressing waves prevent them from utilizing their power unless soul linked. When they are confronted by Android 16, he suggests Krillin join Android 16 when he is reluctant to fight him, though Krillin refuses to side with the Red Ribbon Army before noting Cell was created by them. Cell however states that while Dr. Gero did create him he has no loyalty to it, causing Krillin to admit his disgust at Cell for not having any sense of loyalty or obligation, though hopes that Android 16 surrenders before he is killed as he reluctantly finds himself fighting alongside Cell. This fits with Cell perfectionism and self centeredness as he refuses to be controlled by the army that created him (as Android 21 is considered the de facto leader of the Red Ribbon Army and was responsible for Cell's revival and attempted to control him by linking him with an artificial soul but Cell bent it to his will in all three arcs).
Cell's refusal to serve the army who's destruction was responsible for his creation is likely due to the influence of Vegeta and Frieza's cells as both refuse to be controlled (unless faced with someone they fear and know they cannot defeat like Beerus) and dislike taking orders from others. Cell is also not surprised that Android 21 cloned a perfect being like himself though he considers his clones to be inferior as he believes it is impossible to clone perfection, though their mindlessness likely contributions to this as they lack his personality thus are noting but inferior copies in his eyes. While he is willing to begrudgingly work the Z Fighters in the Enemy Warrior Arc and the human soul in the Super Warrior Arc, he maintains his arrogance and perfectionism, as well as his desire to get revenge on Gohan and Goku, though is disappointed by Gohan's strength due to his lack of training. He also notes that he can't sense Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta's ki though correctly surmises it is a form of Super Saiyan that is stronger than a regular Super Saiyan, though he is not intimidated by it as he is excited at the chance to test his strength against SSGSS Vegeta (however this is mainly due to his Saiyan genes, belief in his own superiority, and inability to sense how strong SSGSS Vegeta actually is due to being unable to sense godly ki). It is implied that he suffered the same punishment in Earth's Hell as Frieza and like Frieza was traumatized by it, though in Cell's case he refuses to elaborate on the so-called "horrors" he witnessed. Though Frieza dislikes certain aspects of his personality (presumably because Cell's perfectionist attitude reminds Frieza of his elder brother, as Frieza notes that is what he despises about Cooler in Xenoverse 2), the two get along due to their shared hatred of the Z Fighters and Android 21, even remaining allies once they ended their truce with the Z Fighters after Android 21's defeat (Frieza is known to put aside his differences with Cooler when they share a common enemy, so it is not surprising that the same thing would happen with Cell). However in other arcs, Frieza and Cell's alliance is less stable and they are defeated as a result. Due to being unable to sense godly ki and ignorant of more powerful entities outside of the main story, Cell remains ignorantly confident of his power and abilities when confronting characters such as Beerus, Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, Vegito Blue, Super Saiyan Rosé Goku Black, and Fused Zamasu though this is mainly due to his delusion that he is perfect along with his desire to test his power. After winning a match teamed with Android 18, he notes he would absorb 17 & 18 if he still had the ability implying that he lost the ability to absorb them after gaining his Super Perfect Form following his regeneration after his self-destruction.
The version of Cell that plays a large role in Dragon Ball Z hails from an alternate future timeline where he has already evolved to his Imperfect form. Unfortunately for him, neither Future Android 17 nor Future Android 18 are present, having already been taken out by his version of Future Trunks. In order to complete his evolution, Cell kills Future Trunks and steals his Time Machine, going back in time to the date set by Future Trunks in the "standard" timeline when both Androids are still functional, sometime around four years prior to the Androids' arrival. In order to fit into the machine, Cell has to revert to an egg.
Once in the past, he hides underground for four years until he can grow back to his adult, humanoid self. After emerging in his Imperfect form, Cell still fears that he does not have the power he needs to forcibly absorb the Androids. To increase his strength, his first actions are to exterminate several towns, absorbing the human inhabitants within.
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"I'm going to absorb you next!"
After completing his feeding on the humans in Ginger Town, Cell is confronted by Piccolo. While Piccolo wonders who Cell is, Cell reveals that he himself knows of Piccolo's identity as the Demon King Piccolo (although Cell does not know at this point that Piccolo fused with Kami), and cryptically responded that he and Piccolo were "brothers" when he demanded to know how he knew him. After a brief struggle where he is beaten around several times, he manages to absorb enough of Piccolo's power to make himself stronger, draining the biomass from one of Piccolo's arms. Cell (now mistakenly confident in victory) explains who he is to Piccolo. After hearing the story of his creation and his plan, Piccolo reveals that he tricked Cell to give him the time he needed to regenerate his arm and allow him to continue fighting. It is also during this time that he learns that Piccolo and Kami fused, and, realizing what that meant for the Dragon Balls, was glad because it meant he won't have to worry about the Dragon Balls reviving those he consumed. Future Trunks and Krillin then arrive at the scene. Future Trunks' presence in the past surprises Cell, as he deduces this is another version of him. He soon learns from Krillin that Goku has not died of his heart disease and is still alive, which makes him excited. Outnumbered, Cell quickly uses Solar Flare to temporarily blind his opponents and escape, masking his energy to prevent them from finding him. Cell later spots Vegeta and sees the timeline is truly different before he decides he needs a plan.
Realizing that he is still far below his enemies' power levels, Cell decides to use a hit-and-run strategy at this point, hiding from the Dragon Team while going from town to town (including Nicky Town, Basil Airport, and Chazke Village) absorbing humans and gaining the power he needs to be able to take on the Androids. Piccolo and Tien work on tracking him while Future Trunks and Krillin kill the current (main) timeline's Cell while still in his infancy. At Basil Airport during his feeding, Cell eventually encounters Krillin and nearly absorbs him, although he is forced to let him live when remarking Piccolo and Tien zeroing in on his location.
This becomes a continuing factor as the Z-Fighters obtained an aircraft that would allow them to mask their energy and not alert Cell. However, when Yamcha, Tien, Piccolo, and Krillin arrive in a town, Cell had anticipated their strategy and hid.
Eventually, after absorbing several tens of thousands of humans, Cell detects a large ki; knowing that this has to be Piccolo, he deduces that the only thing that could make him fight so hard would be the Androids. Gleeful at the opportunity to finally absorb 17 and transform to a stronger state, Cell wastes no time and quickly heads toward the area. As expected, he finds Piccolo and Android 17 engaged in battle.
Cell interrupts the fight and attacks Android 17. At this point, his power has far surpassed Piccolo and Android 17's, and without any precautions, he approaches 17. As the monster prepares to absorb the Android, Piccolo attacks him, freeing Android 17 from his grasp. Cell watches as Piccolo informs the androids of what Cell is and what he has planned. Android 17 dismisses the threat, thinking that he is much more powerful than Cell could ever be, and attacks. After knocking away Android 17, Cell fights and easily beats Piccolo, even managing to shrug off the Namekian's Light Grenade. After blasting a hole through Piccolo's side and tossing him into the sea, Cell is able to attack 17 again.
Cell defeats Android 17 easily and is about to absorb him when Android 16 becomes involved. Android 16 states that according to his calculations, he is just equivalent to Cell in both strength and speed, and portends that he will be the one to kill Cell. After a struggle where it is revealed that Cell is unable to absorb Android 16's energy, 16 throws Cell underground and blasts him using his Hell's Flash.
Android 16 advises 17 and 18 to leave, but 17 is convinced that even if 16 didn't kill Cell, it still proved that the three of them were unbeatable, fully sure that together, the whole world will soon be their playground (in Kai, 17 wants revenge on Cell for the beating Cell gave him earlier and decides he will finish Cell). Cell uses this opportunity to burst out of the ground directly behind Android 17 and, whilst sadistically laughing, he quickly absorbs 17 and evolves into his Semi-Perfect form.
After Cell's absorption of Android 17, Android 16, knowing that he is now well outmatched, attempts to flee with Android 18, but Cell easily intercepts them, thanks to the added speed of Android 17. In a display of his new power, he takes a direct hit from Android 16 without injury and then easily blasts the Android, nearly destroying his head effortlessly. Cell turns to Android 18, but she threatens to self-destruct before joining him if he approaches, which will leave him unable to attain his complete form. In an attempt to pacify her, he pretends to be Android 17 by mimicking his voice (a trait probably gained from his absorption) and tells her how wonderful it is to be part of Cell and fulfilling "the great" Dr. Gero's vision. Android 16, still functional but badly damaged, warns her of the ploy, something she already knows since both she and Android 17 despised Dr. Gero, they would never compliment him.
When his plan fails, Cell prepares to attempt to absorb 18 by force regardless, knowing that he is fast enough to prevent her from destroying herself and more than capable of overpowering her. He is prevented by Tien however, who uses his Neo Tri-Beam attack several times to stall Cell, destroying much of the landscape and nearly killing himself. Though Cell does not take any significant damage from the assault, it manages to hold him at bay long enough for Android 16 and Android 18 to make their escape. Though Tien is exhausted to the point of death (and soon falls unconscious), Cell insults Tien for stalling his plans and decides to finish him as retribution. Before he can fire though, Goku intervenes by teleporting to their location using Instant Transmission, meeting Cell for the first time. Shocked to finally meet Goku, Cell greets him as the Saiyan informs Cell that while he is not strong enough yet, he will fight him in one day and win. Cell laughs at this supposed cowardice, before he is amazed by Goku teleporting him and Tien to the sea. He is shocked to discover Piccolo survived his attack and realized his mistake of not properly killing him. Just when Goku grabs Piccolo, Cell who eagerly wants to fight Goku, states that they will not fight tomorrow, but now, and flies towards him. Before Cell can make contact, Goku uses Instant Transmission again, carrying an unconscious Tien and a barely alive Piccolo back to safety at The Lookout before Cell's punch lands. Cell is in awe of Goku's ability to teleport, but dismisses it, saying that his priority now is to find 18.
Without anyone to oppose him, Cell continues his search for Android 18. After losing her in a group of islands, he threatens to destroy all the islands nearby unless 18 shows herself. When 18 does not answer under 16's orders, Cell proceeds to destroy the islands, one-by-one, in an attempt to flush the Android out. Having just completed his first year in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Vegeta approaches and challenges him. Cell is soon shocked to discover that Vegeta is significantly more powerful than his new body, as the fight is entirely one-sided. Even after powering up to full power, he is unable to injure the Saiyan, who now calls himself "Super Vegeta."
During their fight, Cell becomes incredibly frustrated as he cannot land a hit on the Saiyan Prince, and states if it was not for Vegeta's interference, he knows he would have achieved his perfect form by now and have crushed everyone in his path. With Vegeta keen on knowing more about how strong Cell's final form may be, Cell appeals to Vegeta's ego, stating that if he were in his Perfect body, he would be a much better challenge. Vegeta, wanting a stronger opponent, agrees to Cell's proposition. When Future Trunks refuses to allow it, Cell calls on Vegeta to remove him as an obstacle while he goes after the recently discovered Android 18. Cell charges the Android with Future Trunks (also in his 2nd Grade Super Saiyan form) in hot pursuit, until Vegeta kicks Future Trunks out of the way. Future Trunks retaliates by quickly blasting Vegeta, barely damaging him, but surprising him with the guts to attack his own father nonetheless, and going after Cell again, but Cell is ready and uses the Solar Flare to temporarily blind everyone long enough for him to absorb Android 18. Cell then puts up an impenetrable barrier while he evolves yet again, this time to Perfect Cell.
After Cell achieves his goal of becoming perfect, Krillin becomes enraged by Android 18's absorption and immediately attacks Cell, with Future Trunks assisting. However, Cell continues to admire his new body, completely ignoring Krillin and Future Trunks' assault, barely registering Krillin and Future Trunks' hits and takes Krillin's Destructo Disc attack to the neck with the disk breaking on impact, not even flinching. He then "lightly" kicks Krillin away, making Krillin fly across the island, leaving Krillin in a near-dead state. Vegeta, unimpressed by the display, is eager to resume their battle, which Cell obliges. The tables then turn since their last battle, and now Cell merely toys with Vegeta at the beginning, taking on his attacks without any sign of damage. Vegeta then delivers a powerful kick to Cell's head, with almost all of his energy converted towards the attack, but Cell is not affected in the slightest (his head turns only slightly from the attack), leaving Vegeta in a momentary state of shock and disbelief. When Cell strikes back, the kick he delivers blows Vegeta away, smashing him through several rock formations, after which Cell proceeds to mockingly thank him, outright stating that he would never have been able to reach his Perfect Form were it not for Vegeta's foolishness.
Vegeta then challenges Cell to take his next attack head on without dodging it and prepares his ultimate attack, the Final Flash. While Vegeta charges his deadly beam, Cell continues to stand calm and collected, smiling while Android 16 looks in disbelief. Cell, however, does become slightly concerned when Vegeta finally fires the attack. Cell takes the full brunt of the attack, vaporizing everything to the right side above his torso. Though Vegeta believes himself to be victorious, Cell proves otherwise; his cells from Frieza allow him to survive and function with virtually any wound and those of Piccolo allow him to regenerate from the damage instantly. Almost immediately following the attack, Cell regrows the destroyed area and is back to normal. Vegeta, now desperate, fires off dozens of Ki bolts, but Cell simply walks through it and with one swift combination of attacks, incapacitates the Saiyan.
With Vegeta out of the picture, Future Trunks is free to fully power up without worrying about injuring his father's pride. He soon reaches the Super Saiyan Third Grade stage. When Cell finally sees Future Trunks' powers, he believes Future Trunks to be stronger than himself, although claims that Future Trunks still has no chance of winning. He explains that the downside of the increased muscle mass in this form drained Future Trunks' stamina quickly and made him significantly slower as well. This theory proves correct, as Cell easily dodges Future Trunks' punches and kicks, mocking Future Trunks while he does so.
Cell chides Future Trunks, stating that simple brute force is worthless and quickly demonstrates that he too can increase his muscle size if he desires by revealing that he is also able to increase his muscle size in the same manner as a 3rd Grade Super Saiyan and briefly assumes this buffed state to demonstrate the mistake Future Trunks made increasing his muscle mass without balancing his speed. At this point, Future Trunks loses all hope and allows Cell to kill him. Cell considers it but decides not to after realizing how much more powerful Vegeta and Future Trunks had become in just a few days, and that Goku would be challenging him soon. He instead decides to hold a tournament in ten days, to test his new power. He also admits to Future Trunks that he has no interest in conquest, he wants just entertainment, primarily through the fear of others. Cell then leaves the island while Future Trunks stares in shock and confusion.
Using telekinesis, Cell spends the next morning creating the arena for his tournament, the Cell Games. He then interrupts a live news broadcast to inform everyone around the world about the games, and states that he would take on as many challengers as there are; if he is able to survive them all, then he will exterminate all life on the Earth. While Cell is at the arena waiting for the day of the competition to arrive, Goku arrives briefly through Instant Transmission to check Cell's power level and they engage in small talk. This is then followed by an attack by the Earth's army, but this proves hopeless as Cell, with a single gesture, destroys them all with a form of psychokinesis. During the ten day wait, Cell mostly stays at his ring and trains, sometimes stands perfectly still, meditating in silence. On the day of the Tournament, Mr. Satan attempts to fight Perfect Cell first, although he is easily knocked away with one flick of Cell's wrist and is disqualified. Throughout the entire tournament, he runs from the media covering the story, claiming that he is suffering from intense stomach pains and calls the techniques in the ring "tricks" or "illusions". Goku and Perfect Cell then begin to battle, although Cell wishes that Goku would be the last opponent on the list, wanting to "save the best for last". In a heated display of power, technique, and ability, Goku seems to be able to keep up with the mechanically engineered monster. Perfect Cell pulls out all kinds of tricks, performing various moves such as the Special Beam Cannon and the Kamehameha wave.
Goku and Perfect Cell battle for a while until Perfect Cell grows tired of being confined to the small ring, not wanting their match to stop due to one of them going out of bounds. Without much warning, Perfect Cell destroys the ring and makes the battle an all-out fight, just to make things more interesting for him, with no rules applied. Goku throws everything he can at Perfect Cell and suddenly flies into the air and charges a Kamehameha, which is directed towards the Earth, with Cell knowing if Goku launched the technique, he would decimate the entire planet. Cell becomes noticeably afraid as Goku powers up the energy blast, but Goku tricks him by performing Instant Transmission to teleport directly in front of Perfect Cell, and unleashes the blast on him. The entire top half of Perfect Cell is disintegrated. While some of the Z-Fighters are content, believing Cell has died, Krillin, Vegeta, and Future Trunks know otherwise, and indeed the other half of Perfect Cell jumps to its feet and regenerates. Goku and Cell continue their ongoing brutal struggle, with Goku firing dozens of ki blasts in a row, putting Cell in a tight spot, as he cannot escape. Cell manages to finally halt Goku's assault by using a Perfect Barrier, protecting himself from the blasts, and destroying quite a lot of the battlefield. Goku knows that, if he continues, the Earth will be destroyed, or Cell and he will die fighting each other, and he then suddenly forfeits the match to Cell, shocking both Cell and the other Z-Fighters. He reasons that only one person can defeat Cell, and reveals the fighter to be his son, Gohan. The Z-Fighters are shocked or furious (noticeably Vegeta and Piccolo), however, Cell is amused, believing the match will be fun, and he will get to make Goku suffer for his idiotic decision by torturing his only son.
It takes a while for the battle to commence between Gohan and Perfect Cell, and even longer for Gohan to get serious. Underestimating his opponent, Cell attacks Gohan directly, making him crash into a rock formation. Like most of the Z-Fighters, Cell at first believes the boy to be dead, but Gohan emerges with barely any injury, surprising Cell. As a Super Saiyan Full Power, he starts out somewhat better than Goku, and his increased speed manages to dodge most of Cell's attacks, but in the end, his efforts are no good, which noticeably worries the spectators (except Goku). As the battle continues, Gohan demands that Perfect Cell stop fighting, and he tells him that the power he could harness when he becomes enraged is beyond his control, which may lead to devastating results for Cell. However, Cell begins to laugh, as the story does not scare him, but it only fuels his desire to push Gohan to the limit, much to Gohan's horror. Finally, Android 16 decides to destroy Perfect Cell and himself with the Self Destruct Device in his body. He wraps his arms around Perfect Cell's torso (similar to how Chiaotzu tries to kill Nappa by self-destructing), with the purpose of killing them both. To Android 16's surprise, Krillin informs that the bomb had been removed by Bulma when she re-programmed him earlier during repairs. Cell then gains the upper hand and destroys all of Android 16 but his head, which rolls over the battlefield. Cell even claims that even if the bomb did blow up, he would most likely not be affected too much, despite his fearful look when he found out what Android 16 was intending to do. Realizing that no physical pain on Gohan's own body will unleash his hidden potential, Cell then creates seven smaller blue versions of himself from his tail and christens them Cell Juniors. After they are born, Cell orders them to attack the Z-Fighters, but not kill them, and begins to wonder if harm to Gohan's friends and father will finally reveal Gohan's power.
Despite their childish appearances and attitudes, the Cell Juniors easily clobber the Z-Fighters, being close to Perfect Cell's own power. Only Piccolo (in the anime), Vegeta and Future Trunks manage to hold them off for a while, but eventually, all of them are brutally defeated (even Goku, who was weakened from his fight with Perfect Cell). As Gohan watches these maniacal minions heartlessly beat his friends and father, he becomes angry, but it is still not enough.
Perfect Cell, noticing Gohan's anger, orders the Cell Juniors to kill everyone. At this point, Mr. Satan discovers the head of Android 16, which, surprisingly, can still talk. Android 16 pleads to Mr. Satan to take him near Gohan (throw him if he had to), for the sake of the world. Mr. Satan complies despite his fear, and the Android's headlands near Gohan.Android 16 gives some advice and words of encouragement to Gohan, saying it is okay to fight sometimes to defend loved ones and to protect nature. Perfect Cell, overhearing this, claims that this was good advice and promptly crushes Android 16's head beneath his foot, wires and parts scattering across the battlefield as Gohan watches in shock. This is the breaking point for Gohan, and he finally snaps. This enrages Gohan to the very limits and pushed him to a new level, Super Saiyan 2, the Super Saiyan level ascended beyond a Super Saiyan (although it was not named at this point in the series). Perfect Cell is pleased when Gohan reaches this form, but Gohan's first action is mercilessly killing off the smaller Cell Juniors, which he defeats in a single hit each.
The already astounded Z Warriors, with the exception of the satisfied Goku, are amazed as Gohan and Perfect Cell began to battle, with Gohan dominating the powerful Android. Even after Cell, to everyone's surprise and horror, powers up to maximum (a power deemed "unfathomable" by the Z Fighters, although Gohan was not impressed, bluntly asking him "is that all you've got?" to Cell's initial shock) and lands a hard blow to Gohan's face, Gohan is not affected in the slightest. With just two punches, Gohan almost incapacitates Cell completely, to the complete dismay of Cell, refusing to believe that he could have sustained that much damage. Perfect Cell knows he is no match for Gohan.
Gohan then begins dodging all of Cell's attacks, taunting him, with Cell continuing to not believe in this power Gohan sustains, refusing to be outdone by some sniveling Saiyan brat. He attempts to harm Gohan with several different attacks, first two destruct discs aimed at Gohan, to which he simply catches them and destroys them. He then uses one of Piccolo's signature attacks: The Special Beam Cannon, which Gohan simply deflects. He finally attempts to hit Gohan with a barrage of small amounts of ki, which do not even seem to reach Gohan or even land a blow on him. In anger at his inability to defeat Gohan, he flies high into the air, preparing a Kamehameha at full power. All of the Z fighters believe it to be the end, as they believe Gohan is unable to stop it, yet Gohan does not seem concerned at all and responds with his own Kamehameha, sending both Kamehamehas right back at Cell. Cell is unable to avoid it or stop it, and he is decimated by the attack. This almost destroys Cell, with his left arm and leg gone and the right area of his head destroyed. When Goku tells him to finish Cell off in his weakened state, Gohan tells Goku if he is joking, saying he wants to see Cell suffer much more. Both Goku and Piccolo are rather shocked at this statement, and Piccolo seriously wonders how much the anger has affected his thought process. Goku warns Cell that since he is backed into a corner, knowing he can't win, they have no idea what he would do now that he is desperate. Yet Gohan waits too long, allowing Cell to regenerate his lost limbs with Piccolo's regenerative cells.
Making the same mistake Future Trunks made earlier, he begins a 3rd Grade Super Saiyan-like transformation that reduces his speed drastically, making him unable to hit Gohan. Future Trunks notes this during the Cell Games, saying "it's making the same mistake he mocked me for!" Though his raw strength in this state dwarfs that of most of the Z Fighters, Gohan is still able to effortlessly cripple him in a single heavy kick to the stomach (a heavy hit to the head in the manga). The blow is enough to make Cell throw up, and in doing so, expelling Android 18 from his body.
Cell reverts to his Semi-Perfect form when he regurgitates Android 18. In filler, Gohan messes around with Cell in this form, scaring him into falling into a hole. Cell eventually gets so desperate, that he bloats up like a balloon and tries to blow himself up in an attempt to destroy the Earth, knowing he is well outmatched. With no other options, at the last second, Goku uses Instant Transmission to teleport Cell to King Kai's Planet where he, King Kai, Gregory, and Bubbles all die. With this, Cell technically fulfilled his purpose (as laid out by Dr. Gero), killing Goku.
Even after self-destructing at King Kai's planet, one single cell survives the explosion due to the fact that his design provided for such. Using the regenerative abilities he inherited from Piccolo, Cell is able to completely recover. His cells also retain a memory of his Perfect Form, allowing him to regenerate into that form again despite his loss of both the Androids at this point (Android 17 is also killed in the explosion of Cell's Semi-Perfect body). Due to his Saiyan trait of extreme power increase thanks to a Zenkai after healing from injury, he becomes much stronger than he previously is in his Perfect Form, even at full power or when buffed up. Apparently, Cell himself is previously unaware of this ability, as he is shocked that he is still alive. Only then does he fully grasp what Dr. Gero meant by the perfect being.
Using Instant Transmission (acquired from Goku), Cell, having become Super Perfect Cell, returns to Earth, kills Future Trunks with the Full Power Death Beam, and explains how he survived. Enraged, Vegeta blindly rushes at him in his Super Saiyan form but is slapped aside. Cell attempts to kill Vegeta with a ki blast, but Gohan intercepts Cell's attack. Due to the sheer power of the attack and the fact that he is unable to actually defend against it, Gohan is left without the use of his left arm and his ki supply reduced to less than half. Cell then wickedly reveals that he has decided to destroy the Earth and then use the Instant Transmission his cells learned from Goku to teleport to various planets in order to destroy each one in the process. The whole situation crushes Gohan's will to fight, as he notes that Cell has a significant amount of power at his disposal, also saying that it was all his fault, since he was the one who didn't destroy Cell when he had the chance, which is what made Goku have to sacrifice himself in the first place. Vegeta feels guilty and disappointed in his inability to provide a lot of support in the final battle against Cell, then apologizing to Gohan, believing that Cell has already won. Gohan is surprised by his response, then realizes the reason he is apologizing because he knows they have lost.
Goku then telepathically communicates with Gohan with the support of King Kai. Goku ensures Gohan that he is alright and he is fine in Other World and he is with King Kai. Gohan apologizes for causing his death, but Goku tells him it is nothing to worry about, yet telling him to focus all of the energy he has on Cell. Gohan insists that he only has half the power he had originally, making it impossible to beat Cell, but Goku still insists that Gohan can beat him. Gohan then prepares a Kamehameha, much to Cell's delight that he will at least have some fun and competition when destroying the Z fighters and the solar system. Gohan desperately engages Cell in an Energy Clash at the behest of the late Goku. As the struggle commences, Gohan is seen losing ground, and Goku tells him that he has more energy than this. Gohan tells him that that is the limit of his energy and that he is still the weak crybaby that he has always been. Goku tells him that is not true, and that he needs to put more energy into his attack, and Gohan pushes forward, making the struggle at even odds again. At this point, the manga and anime take two slightly different approaches on the clash and, consequently, Super Perfect Cell's power. In the anime, Cell gains the upper hand several times, nearly overwhelming Gohan nonchalantly. The other fighters try to distract Cell by attacking him, but fail as Cell simply flares his aura and knocks them all back.
As he is about to finish off Gohan, Vegeta distracts Cell with a surprise blast to the side of his head, being much stronger than the others. Vegeta's blast does what the others failed to do. In the manga, while Cell still gains the upper hand, the only one to get involved is Vegeta, and he only needs to do this once. Regardless of the story, however, Gohan catches Cell momentarily off guard thanks to Vegeta, allowing Gohan to draw out all of his power to overwhelm Cell. Gohan produces a Father-Son Kamehameha that dispels Cell's Solar Kamehameha and engulfs the evil Bio-Android in the gigantic blast. Cell is left in complete disbelief over his loss, declaring himself to be the embodiment of perfection before his body is completely destroyed by Gohan's attack. All of his cells are incinerated by Gohan's Kamehameha, resulting in his death.
Majin Buu Saga
In anime filler, after Cell is killed by Gohan he is sent to Hell by King Yemma. Though in the Other World, Cell still causes trouble, striking up a partnership with Frieza, King Cold and the deceased Ginyu Force soldiers Guldo, Recoome, Burter, and Jeice. He is defeated along with his allies by Goku and Pikkon and ultimately sentenced to the Other World Prison. Frieza and Cell would occasionally train together in Hell. Later, he and the other deceased villains are shown watching Goku's battle with Kid Buu on a huge Crystal Ball in Hell.
Dragon Ball Super
God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga While image training in his family's radish field, in the manga Goku pictures Perfect Cell as the second opponent he faces (after 50% power Frieza). Cell attempts to attack Super Saiyan Goku with an energy wave, however, Goku stops him from firing it, and proceeds to fire several punches and kicks at Cell, who apparently dodges them, only for Goku to land a heavy blow to Cell's head, finishing him off. Goku then proceeds to fight an image of Kid Buu.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
In the anime, when Goku and Krillin are training together and sent by Roshi to find a medicine called "Paradise Grass" they enter a strange forest to look for it, however, due to the nature of the forest they encounter a manifestation of Cell, and other enemies from the past, who attack them. Goku constantly destroys the illusion of Cell, who constantly comes back until Goku makes him and the other illusions disintegrate by focusing his ki to de-power them, as they were running off it.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga
In the manga, Cell appears battling Mr. Satan in a movie "re-creation" of Mr. Satan's battle with him. In one scene of the movie, Perfect Cell notes that Mr. Satan is stronger than him and cannot believe that such a being exists thus the re-creation does accurately portray Cell's arrogant personality even if it is historically inaccurate. Additionally Android 17 admits to Goku that he recognizes Goku by his voice which he heard from the time when he was still part of Cell's body as Android 17 never got the chance to meet Goku face to face.
Dragon Ball GT
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
Cell teams up with Frieza to try and kill Goku, but Goku easily dominates them. During the battle, Cell is able to absorb Goku through his tail and though he does gain more power, the victory is only momentarily, as Goku soon forces his way out of Cell's body. Within that brief time, Cell states that the power he had absorbed was nearly overwhelming. He is eventually defeated along with Frieza. Cell was last seen frozen by the coldest ice from Hell, broken in pieces by Goku, and arrested by the ogres.
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Dragon Ball Online
Around Age 1000, the demon scientist Towa resurrected Cell (likely to try and harvest Goku's DNA from inside him) and placed him inside a capsule to regrow, she modified Cell into "Cell-X" and ordered Captain Bacterian and his pirates to collect energy for Cell-X to aid in his-recuperation.
Eventually, Cell-X grew impatient and escaped from Captain Bacterian's dungeon on Papaya Island for an abandoned cave behind a waterfall. After turning the cave into his lair, he began reproducing, creating an army of Cell-like Bio-Androids, and sending them to collect energy for him.
Later on, the Time Patrol headed into Cell-X's cave and fought his Bio-Android spawn, eventually reaching Cell-X himself, after a fight, the Time Patrol defeated Cell-X and he was killed once again.
During the opening Prologue, Super Saiyan Full Power Goku faces Cell during the Cell Games and manages to knock him down before Cell recovers and is overcome by Dark Energy. Chronoa tells her attendant Trunks: Xeno history is changing. During the animated opening, empowered by the Dark Energy, Dark Cell confronts Super Saiyan Gohan in Age 767 while Super Saiyan Goku faces Dark Frieza in Age 762 and Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta faces Dark Kid Buu in Age 774. These alteration cause Trunks: Xeno to use Toki Toki City's Dragon Balls in Age 850 to summon Shenron: Xeno to wish for a warrior capable of defending history to be summoned.
During the Cell Games in an altered timeline of Age 767, where Mr. Satan is empowered by Dark Magic and controlled by Mira which grants him Flight and advanced ki manipulation abilities. Cell and the Cell Juniors are also empowered, defeating the Z Fighters with Dark Mr. Satan's assistance which prevents him from aiding Android 16. As a result Super Saiyan Gohan is powerless and killed by Dark Cell and two Dark Cell Junior's Father-Son Perfect Kamehameha.
Seeking to correct this altered history Trunks: Xeno and Chronoa of the Time Patrol send the Future Warrior to Age 767 to fix these alterations before they occur. The Future Warrior arrives just in time to kick Mr. Satan out of the way to prevent Dark Cell from killing him while under the influence of first stage Villainous Mode. After returning to normal (as the first stage is temporary), Cell smiles upon seeing the Future Warrior indicating he senses their strength is formidable enough to entertain him. Mr. Satan however is angry at them for stealing his spotlight and inadvertently ringing him out as that rule was effectively still in play though Mr. Satan ignores it and Cell makes no objections to Mr. Satan entering the ring despite technically having been eliminated though this is presumably due to Mr. Satan being insignificant in Cell's eyes. The Future Warrior fights Cell while protecting Mr. Satan. However eventually Cell knocks Mr. Satan into a mountain like in the original history. The Future Warrior goes to check on him to ensure Mr. Satan's survival and Trunks: Xeno confirms he is still alive as Goku steps up to fight Cell thus history is back on course. Unfortunately Mr. Satan is taken over by Mira through Towa's Dark Magic sending Mira's energy into him. Dark Mr. Satan angered by the Future Warrior's interference powers up and flies using his ki forcing the Future Warrior to confront Dark Mr. Satan to keep him from interfering in Goku and Cell's match. The Future Warrior manages to defeat Dark Mr. Satan as Cell destroys the ring to declare the entire Earth as the arena to eliminate victory by ring out. However Dark Mr. Satan revives and continues fighting against his will despite his body being in tremendous pain from his injuries. The Future Warrior manages to subdue Mr. Satan freeing him from Mira's control while Goku forfeits and announces Gohan as his replacement.
Dark Cell creates the Dark Cell Juniors who are more numerous than the original history. The Future Warrior joins in taking them down. Meanwhile Towa uses her magic on Gohan forcefully triggering his Super Saiyan 2 transformation with Villainous Mode. This turns Gohan into Dark SSJ2 Gohan who fights against Dark Cell. However as a result Trunks: Xeno manages to find Towa's location and tells them to join him there once the Dark Cell Juniors are dealt with. Trunks: Xeno joins the fight against Mira which is allowed as Mira originates from another time. However Mira toys with them while Towa takes the opportunity to undo Gohan forced transformation leaving him weakened just as Dark Cell returns following his self-destruction. Towa and Mira leave and Trunks: Xeno returns to the Time Nest as he cannot intervene in his own history (as his past self is present in the main timeline albeit deceased at the moment). The Future Warrior and Gohan manage to work together to weaken Dark Cell allowing Gohan with spiritual assistance from Goku to finish Cell off with the Father-Son Kamehameha correcting the timeline. Afterwards Chronoa puts the scroll back together causing the alterations to disappear restoring the proper timeline.
- Demon God Demigra Saga
Main article: Demon God Demigra Saga
However after failing to control Beerus in Age 778, Cell is later revived by Demigra's Mirage in Age 778 using the Dragon Balls and possessed by Demigra giving him the third stage Villainous Mode transformation along with Frieza and Kid Buu who are also revived. Chronoa uses Toki Toki City's Dragon Balls to summon Shenron: Xeno to inform Goku about the threat of Demigra and the three revived villains. Goku and the Future Warrior defeat Dark Cell, Dark Frieza, and Dark Kid Buu as well as free a possessed Vegeta, Gohan, and Gotenks. However, these alterations are enough to free Demigra from the Crack of Time allowing him to attack Toki Toki City and absorb Tokitoki only to be defeated by Super Saiyan 3 Goku and the Future Warrior.
- Time Patrol Recruitment Video
Cell first appears in his Imperfect form during the opening of the animated Time Patrol recruitment video as an example of the risks of altering history and why the Time Patrol is forbidden to alter history the way Future Trunks did before he became a Time Patroller.
- Android Warfare Saga
An altered timeline of Age 767 is shown where Imperfect Cell empowered by the first stage Supervillain power up has already defeated Android 16 and Piccolo. Android 17 tries to fight him by Cell blinds him with a Solar Flare before hitting him with his tail knocking him in Android 18, allowing Cell to absorb both siblings while they are unconscious at the same time, bypassing his Semi-Perfect form entirely and into his Perfect form. Xeno Trunks is stunned and is forced to explain how Cell originally absorbed the Androids separately and surmises that now that he has achieved his perfect form the Cell Games might never occur. Chronoa asks if this means Krillin and 18 wouldn't get married, though Xeno Trunks is unsure if it would be affected though Chronoa insists that it is before asking Trunks to oversee the mission claiming that while he's no good at romance stuff he is good at punching things, though Xeno Trunks asks her to lay off that for awhile, while Elder Kai sends the Future Warrior to Age 767 to correct the history change. The warrior arrives just as Piccolo is about to fight Android 17 who is also empowered by Towa with the first stage Supervillain power-up which Xeno Trunks notes will make Cell even stronger and orders them to dispel the enchantment before Cell arrives. 18 wonders who the warrior is as people just don't appear out of thin air though Android 16 can find no relevant matches before commenting on the warrior's race.
They manage to remove the enchantment just as Cell arrives and defeats Piccolo. Android 16 steps up to confront Cell though due to his power-up his power is now greater than 16's instead of being equal. The warrior is tasked with assisting 16 to ensure he is not destroyed as he will play an important role in the Cell Games. Eventually 17 demands Cell show himself only for Cell to appear behind and absorb him causing the mission to be a success, though Elder Kai notes that Cell’s success doesn't make it a happy ending though Chronoa states that its a part of the original history so they can't change it and things do eventually work themselves out in the end.
As a result, the Cell Games occur as they are supposed to unfortunately Elder Kai and Chronoa discover Mira plans to join the Cell Games which would definitely alter history, forcing them to send both Xeno Trunks and the Future Warrior to confront and prevent him from interfering with the historical tournament. Meanwhile Cell fights Goku during their Cell Games match as the Warrior and Xeno Trunks fight Mira. Though they manage to stop Mira, it is revealed that Mira was just playing the role of decoy in order for Towa to enact some unknown scheme. Xeno Trunks returns to the Time Nest due to his past self's presence in the main timeline leaving it up to the warrior to foil the Time Breakers plans and ensure the tournament plays out like its supposed to. While the warrior helps fight against the Cell Juniors, Mr. Satan finds Android 16's head and throws him next to Gohan allowing the Android to speak his final words like in the original history resulting in Gohan Super Saiyan 2 transformation. Unfortunately, a wormhole opens connecting the main timeline to New Namek in Age 767 of The Return of Cooler timeline allowing several Meta-Coolers to travel to the main timeline. Meta-Cooler asks to join in taking part in the Cell Games which Cell allows, forcing the warrior to deal with the Meta-Coolers while Chronoa sends Xeno Trunks to New Namek to stop the Meta-Coolers by attacking their source, the Big Gete Star. The warrior defeats the Meta-Coolers and travels through the wormhole to aid Xeno Trunks, leaving Gohan to fight Perfect Cell alone. Working together the warrior fights the Meta-Coolers while Xeno Trunks manages to reprogram the Big Gete Star to self-destruct killing the Meta-Cooler Core which causes a chain reaction that destroys the remaining Meta-Coolers and Xeno Trunks destroys the wormhole with a couple ki blasts.
Returning to the Cell Games in Age 767 in the main timeline, the warrior finds that Cell has revived after his self-destruction and Gohan prepares to defeat the Android for good but Super Perfect Cell is empowered with the first stage Supervillain power-up. Together the warrior and Gohan manage to weaken Cell enough for Gohan to finish him off with the Father-Son Kamehameha, restoring the timeline.
Dark Empire Saga
Prison Planet Saga
Main article: Prison Planet Saga In the game, Cell is one of the Ghost Warriors summoned by Hatchiyack, he battles Future Trunks.
Dragon Ball Fusions
Perfect Cell first appears in the Timespace Rift in Story Event: "Power Detected!". Ziku detects the power of Goku and Piccolo causing Tekka's Team to decide to seek them out for training. Unfortunately, after Tekka opens the time hole the energy is coming from with Burst Ki, Ziku detects the energy of Vegeta, Frieza, and King Cold causing Kid Goku to tell everyone to run. As it turns out, Ziku was actually detecting Cell's energy and Perfect Cell emerges from the time hole charging a Kamehameha, which he immediately fires at Tekka's Team who are unable to flee in time. However, fortunately, Super Saiyan Adult Goku uses Instant Kamehameha to appear in front of them and counters Cell's Kamehameha with energy wave of his Instant Kamehameha. Goku says he sees Cell is still wreaking havoc, only for Cell to reveal he only attacked Tekka's Team to lure Goku out so he could take care of his unfinished business with Goku. However, Goku tells Cell that he would like to bring in some new blood to fight Cell. Cell wonders who that may be as he notes that Gohan is not present. Goku points to Tekka's Team as the new blood he was speaking of, though Cell dismisses them as puny brats. Goku agrees that while they may not be able to defeat Cell currently, he believes that he can make them strong enough to beat Cell if he is allowed to train them. Cell agrees to allow Goku to train them as he is interested in Goku's suggestion that they would give him a good fight. Goku also asks that Cell reframes from causing trouble until their training is complete while thinking to himself that if Cell where to start throwing his weight around, he might cause a certain someone to appear. However, Cell agrees as he is interested in seeing the despair on Goku's face when they fail.
Goku then spars with Tekka's Team using his base, Super Saiyan, and Super Saiyan Blue forms. After they finish sparring it is revealed by Goku that he was teaching them as to lay the foundation for teaching them the EX-Fusion technique. With the assistance of Bulma (communicating through Ziku), they explain it is a new type of fusion that uses Metamo-Rings and the Fusion Dance. After Tekka successfully performs one EX-Fusion with a member of their time before their training is complete and they return with Adult Goku to confront Cell in Story Event: "Beat Cell at Cell Games Arena!". Cell wonders who he will take on first, however Goku tells him to wait as he calls out to the other Cells nearby. Soon multiple Cells appear and Cell reveals that it was a simple matter of opening a timespace hole and invite more copies of himself from other dimensions, in order to fill Goku and Tekka's Team with fear of facing an army of Perfect Cells. As Tekka's Team prepares to face the Cells, Goku transforms into his Super Saiyan form once more. Sensing Vegeta nearby, he asks him to take care of a few of the as well, however SSJ Vegeta appears angry at Goku for ordering him around, before ordering his new student Pinich to take care of one of Cells. Pinich tells his rival Tekka to not let him down. As a result, Tekka's Team faces off against five Cells. However, despite his best efforts and having an army of Cells, Perfect Cell and his counterparts are defeated. Cell expresses rage at Goku for once again defeating him and uses Instant Transmission to escape, causing Goku to wonder who's ki Cell locked onto to get away. Cell later joins forces with Frieza in an attempt to take revenge on Goku during the Timespace Tournament.
Cell appears alongside Frieza, Piprika and Wanta as members of Pinich's team to participate in the Timespace Tournament, taking on Tekka's team, though they are soon backed into a corner. He and Frieza urge Pinich to use Ultra Fusion to fight Tekka's team, goading him with the thought of disappointing Tekka if he refuses to do so. Giving in, Pinich performs an Ultra Fusion, becoming Ultra Pinich - though the sheer influence of Cell and Frieza combined override Pinich's control as the initiator of the Ultra Fusion, and Wanta and Paprika's influences disappear as well.
Ultra Pinich uses a dark Spirit Bomb-esque attack to wipe out everyone within the Time Rift, though Beerus and Whis arrive afterwards. Whis rewinds time and Beerus casually flicks away Ultra Pinich's attack, then threatens to kill Ultra Pinich (and Cell by effect) with a Sphere of Destruction. Goku deflects Beerus' blast and tells Tekka's team to go after Ultra Pinich while he and Vegeta hold Beerus off.
In a new area of the Timespace Rift (a demolished Kami's Lookout with fragments of the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, dying planets, and meteorites being consumed by a massive black hole), Tekka and his team take on Ultra Pinich (who summons endless Cells and Friezas to assist him). Though the heroes manage to deal considerable damage to him, Ultra Pinich uses Piccolo's regeneration abilities through Cell to recover from the damage dealt to him. He fires a Power Ball skywards to use his Golden Great Ape form to attack Tekka's team, though the primal instinct brings Pinich back to his senses and allows him to take over the fusion from Cell and Frieza's grasp.
After Ultra Pinich is defeated and defuses, Pinich, Cell and Frieza are sucked into the black hole, with Tekka dashing in after them. Furious at their defeat, Cell and Frieza resort to using their EX Fusion Cellza, who vows to obliterate the pair. Tekka and Pinich use EX Fusion in response, and thrash Cellza until their power increases to an amazing 3000%. With one last explosive True Rolling Attack Pinich Punch, Tekka and Pinich's EX Fusion blows a hole through Cellza (similar to Goku's Penetrate! against King Piccolo), killing him (and Cell and Frieza by effect).
However post game, Tekka's team runs into versions of Cell and Frieza from alternate timelines, Tekka's Team to take them on separately in separate Sub-Events.
- Manga and Anime
"Like Piccolo I can fully regenerate as long as my core remains. Like the Saiyans my power increases greatly after I heal from near death, and like Frieza I can survive anywhere."
In his Imperfect Form, Cell has the power of his genetic materials at the time their DNA had been collected . In the Funimation dub, it is also stated that he has cells from Krillin and Gohan. Before traveling back to the past, Cell was easily able to kill the Future Trunks (base form) of his timeline. However, even after absorbing fifteen thousand humans, he was no match for Piccolo (who had newly fused with Kami) despite Piccolo wearing weighted clothing (Piccolo with weighted clothing was stated to be equal to Android 17 by Android 16). According to Piccolo, Imperfect Cell at this point was stronger than Android 18 and by extension Super Saiyan Vegeta. Krillin also noted that Imperfect Cell was stronger than Frieza, wondering if this fact scared Goku, to which Goku stated both that it did and that he was excited by Imperfect Cell's power.
After absorbing at least six hundred thousand humans, coupled with energy previously absorbed from Piccolo, he was able to outclass both Android 17 and Piccolo, even withstanding the latter's most powerful attack without any visible damage. According to Android 16, Imperfect Cell's power was equal to his own, which is confirmed when both were able to fight evenly.
In his Semi-Perfect form, his power increased to the point that he far surpassed Android 16. In addition, he was also able to withstand repeated Neo Tri-Beams from Tien Shinhan. However, he was severely outclassed by Vegeta in his 2nd Grade Super Saiyan form. He shows that he possesses some power reserves when he powers up against Vegeta, but he is still inferior to his opponent even at full power. In the anime was also beaten by Super Saiyan Future Trunks during their brief battle.
Perfect Cell becomes far stronger still, with Moori in the anime speculating that he was powerful enough to threaten the entire Universe. He turns the tables on Vegeta claiming that he was still "warming up". However, despite his power, it was said that being hit by Vegeta's Final Flash would obliterate him, and by his own admission, his strength is inferior to Super Saiyan Third Grade Future Trunks. Although he is still able to beat Trunks due to the disadvantage of lowered speed that comes with the strength. He can also increase his muscle mass like Future Trunks, though he chooses not to. It is later revealed, however, that what Vegeta and Trunks went up against was only Cell's standby "warming up" power level - after witnessing Super Saiyan Full Power Goku powered up to the maximum, Cell powered up just enough to gain a slight advantage over him. In the anime Cell also displayed the ability to use Multi-Form with all of his copies retaining full power instead of only having 1/4 of it. He also implied after faking a ring-out that while he was indeed suppressing his power as Goku was, he himself intended to gradually unveil his full power for the duration of the match. At that point, after being dealt a fair amount of damage he stated that if Goku were to take a Senzu bean he might win, but even that was a joke - as he still wasn't using the full extent of his powers. At the suppressed level he used against Goku, it was said that Android 16's self-destruct device could wipe him out. Perfect Cell's full power is only finally revealed once Cell decides to power up to combat Super Saiyan 2 Gohan - resulting in Cell's aura being altered from a white color to a gold color (in the manga). At this point, he becomes much stronger than Goku or any other fighter other than Gohan, who still outclasses Cell grossly with his new found power.
In his power-weighted state while at full power Cell is physically stronger than before but his speed fails to match the might. Nonetheless, Power Weighted Perfect Cell is still outclassed by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. While Future Trunks implies that Power Weighted Cell is stronger than Super Saiyan 2 Gohan in terms of brute strength in the anime dub, the manga and anime demonstrate that Cell's endurance does not increase enough to withstand Gohan's power, as he was able to cripple Cell with a single kick to the stomach (and in the case of the anime, stun Perfect Cell by smashing into his face just beforehand) and make him regurgitate Android 18.
In his Super Perfect form, Cell seems to be comparable in strength to Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. Cell was also strong enough to defeat an angered Vegeta by merely slapping him away. In the manga, he also implies that he didn't even put his full power into the blast that crippled Gohan. Eventually, Vegeta distracted Cell long enough for Gohan to overcome Cell's Solar Kamehameha with a Kamehameha. In this state, Cell's Kamehameha is said to be strong enough to wipe out the entire Solar System.
In the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT, Cell and Frieza are stated to have powered up after training in Hell for many years and confidently challenge Goku even after having witnessed him fight an opponent such as Kid Buu. Upon briefly absorbing Goku and achieving his "Overloaded" form, Cell's power briefly reaches even greater heights, though he loses it when Goku escapes him.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
According to the manga title page, a number of other lifeforms cells are composed inside of Cell.
Strangely, most sources fail to include King Cold as one of his genetic donors, including the anime on some occasions.
- Video games
As the Time Patroller in Dragon Ball Online defeats Perfect Cell-X before heading back to the battle between Super Saiyan Goku and Full Power Frieza, it is possible that Cell-X possesses power lower than Full Power Frieza (during the battle of Namek). However, it is alternatively possible that Perfect Cell-X possess much greater power, as he is capable of holding his own against Pure Majins who possess power equal to that of Kid Buu. Dragon Ball Heroes indicates that Perfect Cell-X is more powerful than Perfect Cell, as he appears as a transformation for him in the game.
In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Super Perfect Cell gains a huge boost in power after being brought back from death (enough to defeat Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, when the latter does not fight seriously), but not as strong as Super Saiyan 2 Teen Gohan after being consumed by rage or Gotenks when the latter fights seriously.
When he appears at the Timespace Tournament in Dragon Ball Fusions, Cell has become strong enough that his Kamehameha is able to match that of Super Saiyan Goku's (who at this point was much stronger than he was at the Cell Games).
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, due to being empowered by Towa's Dark Magic, Imperfect Cell's power after absorbing at least six hundred thousand humans was increased beyond to what it had been historically, making his power greater than Android 16's and in the unfixed altered timeline allowed Imperfect Cell to overpower both Android 17 and 18 allowing him to absorb both Androids at the same time, causing him to transform directly into his Perfect Form, skipping his Semi-Perfect form entirely. However, in the fixed timeline, Android 16 and the 2nd Future Warrior manage to overpower Dark Imperfect Cell, forcing him to absorb Android 17 restoring the proper timeline. It is implied that Towa increased Future Imperfect Cell's power in much the same way in both Xenoverse & Xenoverse 2 allowing him to absorb both Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 to obtain his Perfect form before Future Trunks returned from the past in Age 785. As part of the Extra Pack 2 DLC, Android 17 (DB Super) has special dialogue with Imperfect Cell who 17 says is little more of an insect to him now due to his increase in power far surpassing Cell's Imperfect form. In New Parallel Quest 119: "A Ranger's Duty", Android 17 is willing to confront Perfect Cell with the aid of the Time Patrol when they encounter him and the Cell Juniors while assisting 17 with his Park Ranger duties. 17 himself states he has no intention of becoming part of him and is confident he can take Perfect Cell implying he is strong enough to defeat Cell with some assistance from his Time Patrol allies.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ, it is revealed that Cell has trained in Hell since his demise, and is far stronger than he was at the Cell Games though it is implied he did it through image training as it is suggested that he suffered the same punishment Frieza was subjected to which apparently traumatized Cell to the point he refuses to speak about it. He believes that he could defeat Super Saiyan Goku and believed himself to be stronger than Gohan, who still hasn't reawaken his true powers yet even noting he was disappointed at how Gohan had let himself go since their battle during the Cell Games as he had been looking forward to beating Gohan at his best so he could prove his superiority. Though, he is noted by Android 21 to be far weaker than final form Frieza and wasn't a challenge for Android 21 on his own. In the Android 21 Arc, Android 16 notes that Android 21 is far stronger than Cell, apparently even in her base form. Cell proved able to bend the artificial soul he had been linked with allowing him to utilize his full power in the Android 21 Arc forcing the good persona to transform into her true form to protect her follow Androids who were in a weakened state due the power suppressing waves preventing them from accessing their full power and had to rely on the soul link just to fight. It is implied that despite his training he is completely inferior to Golden Frieza as well as Vegeta and Goku in their Super Saiyan Blue forms though his arrogance makes him feel he can take them. SSGSS Vegeta believes he can defeat Cell who notes he cannot sense Vegeta's ki though guesses correctly it is a form of Super Saiyan and is intrigued by Vegeta's boasting he can destroy Cell in the form hoping it will entertain him though this is mainly due to his inability to sense Godly ki as well as his unfamiliarity with divine mortals and beings such as Whis and Beerus unlike Frieza whom is well acquainted with such power due to having served as Beerus' Agent of Destruction and having faced Goku and Vegeta in their Super Saiyan Blue forms during his revenge.
- Flight – The ability to fly through the use of ki.
- Ki Blast – The most basic form of energy wave.
- Ki Sense – An ability that allows the user to sense ki and power levels.
- Saiyan Power – A Saiyan genetic trait that allows their performance to continually increase against adversity, either by recovering from a near death experience, or by fighting a strong opponent. Inherited from the Saiyans.
- Vocal Mimicry, Alteration and Amplification – Cell has the ability to speak, sing, whisper, yell, hum, etc. in any pitch or tone. He can speak in an extremely low pitch or a very high pitch. He displayed this ability by mimicking Android 17's voice and amplify his own so it could be heard for miles. In the anime, he is shown switching to the voice of his Imperfect form, in order to terrify the people of the Earth during his TV broadcast about the Cell Games.
- Kamehameha – A powerful Ki blast fired with two hands after concentrating a large amount of Ki. Inherited from Goku.
- Rush Down – The Kamehameha attack used by Cell in Hell against Goku, only for it to be reflected back at him. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Super Kamehameha – An advanced and more powerful version of the Kamehameha.
- Eye Laser - The user shoots laser-like beams from both eyes.
- Big Bang Attack - Cell extends his arm, opens his palm and turns his hand up at a 90 degree angle. He then powers up and fires a powerful energy sphere at the opponent. This attack creates an enormous explosion upon contact and leaves a huge mushroom cloud. Inherited from Vegeta.
- Mouth Energy Wave - An energy wave fired from the mouth.
- Ultimate Blitz – Cell releases a massive energy wave out of his palm and holds it toward his opponent, inflicting damage to the opponent. Named in Supersonic Warriors 2.
- Telekinesis – Cell can lift objects of large proportionate sizes into the air with his mind and controlling the use of his hand(s). Inherited from Frieza.
- Psycho Crash - A variation of Telekinesis used by Cell when constructing the Cell Games Arena. Using telekinesis on a large mountain of rock he sculpted it into building materials that he used to build the arena.
- All Clear - An explosive arching-blade like attack used by Cell to completely destroy everything surrounding him.
- Kiai - A technique where the user affects the air currents around him with ki to produce powerful shockwaves in order to strike the opponent at mid range.
- Death Beam – A laser-like projectile which travels very quickly. Taken from Frieza.
- Unforgivable! – Cell pumps himself up like a balloon and explodes after one minute. The resultant explosion is capable of destroying an entire planet. If Cell is attacked in any way before the countdown reaches zero, he will explode immediately. Once activated, according to Cell, he cannot reverse the technique.
- Spirit Bomb - Users of the Spirit Bomb gather huge amounts of energy from all chosen surrounding life forms and inanimate objects to conduct that energy into a massive sphere of astounding destructive power. Inherited from Goku. Cell never uses it in the manga or anime series, though he states that he can use it if he wished.
- Absorption - A technique that involves the user either engulfing a victim completely, or using a part of their body to suck the victim into their body, thus gaining their power and abilities.
- Regeneration - The ability to regrow certain parts of his destroyed anatomy. Inherited from Piccolo. In the manga and most anime version, Cell can regenerate only if the core inside his head is not damaged, though the Funimation dub re-defines this so that he can regenerate provided even a single cell remains, making up for the original contradiction of Cell having his head blown off by Goku's Instant Kamehameha. Also, unlike Piccolo, Cell requires very little energy to regenerate, as even the extreme regeneration of simply his core does not visibly tire him, potentially allowed him to regenerate as much as he wishes with no hindrance in stamina for battle.
- Solar Flare – The user places their hands close to the center of their face with the fingers spread toward their eyes. The user then calls out the name of the technique, which provokes a white light to fire out and blind everything watching except the user, since they are projecting the light. Inherited from Tien.
- Power Stance – A special fighting stance. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Android Barrier - The Red Ribbon Androids' version of the Energy Shield. This technique is used by Cell in all his forms in the Budokai series.
- Perfect Barrier - Cell curls his arms and legs together as he charges a purple aura around his body. He then brings them apart and expels a giant barrier around his body, capable of blocking certain attacks. Named in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, where it is the ultimate move of his Perfect form.
- Birthing Cell Juniors (セルジュニアを生み出す Seru Junia wo Umidasu) - Cell creates Cell Jrs. through cellular mitosis.
- Tail Attack - Cell can attack his opponents using his powerful tail.
- Backslap – The slap used to defeat Mr. Satan. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Battering Ram – The flying headbutt he used against Goku. Named in the Butōden series.
- Choke Hold – A hold used against Android 16. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Bear Hug - A grappling clinch hold and stand-up grappling position.
- See Ya! - Cell charges at the opponent and punches them away onto the ground, breaking their neck. Then, he walks toward the opponent and picks them up with his left hand as he places his right hand over their chest. Finally, he fires a large yellow energy wave through the opponent's chest, inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Bio Impact - Cell crouches down and charges a yellow aura around his body. Then, he charges at the opponent using the yellow aura as a shield, inflicting a great deal of damage.
- Fear Me! - As he shouts "Show me your full power!", Perfect Cell double axe-handle punches the opponent. Then, he side kicks the opponent away and flies after them to punch them in their stomach. Finally, Perfect Cell puts his hand forward and knocks the opponent away with a Kiai, inflicting a huge amount of damage.
- Perfect Combination – Cell delivers a barrage of punches and kicks to the opponent before slapping them away and elbowing them into the ground.
- Time to Die – Cell slaps his opponent away, leaving them unconscious on the ground, completely helpless. He then fires an incredibly powerful Finger Beam at them, dealing massive damage.
- Instant Transmission – The ability to instantly teleport virtually anywhere (by homing in on a ki signature). Inherited from Goku after Cell's self-destruction.
- Power Up – A technique used to amplify one's ki.
- Prelude to Perfect Form - A Power Up used by Imperfect Cell.
- Explosive Wave – A technique where the user bursts out ki from all over their body in order to repel the opponents around them.
- Special Beam Cannon - A very powerful laser beam fired from two fingers. Inherited from Piccolo.
- Galick Gun - A powerful, huge, fuchsia-colored energy wave. Inherited from Vegeta, but never used in the manga.
- Negative Power Rain - Cell punches and kicks his opponent into the air, then fires nine energy blasts down at them.
- Multi-Form – Cell splits himself into four identical copies, with all the same power. Inherited from Tien, but never used in the manga.
- Afterimage Strike – The ability to move extremely fast over short distances, leaving an image behind. Inherited from Goku, but never used in the manga.
- Destructo Disc - A razor-sharp disc of Ki that can slice through almost any substance. Inherited from Krillin, but never used in the manga.
- Death Saucer – A chasing energy disk attack that is capable of slicing through anything. Inherited from Frieza, but never used in the manga.
- Ultimate Wave – Cell shoots a large Ki Blast at his opponent which slams them into the ground, and creates a shock wave that also damages the enemy.
- Rapid Fire – The user fires rapid energy waves that home in on the opponent.
- Neck Grab – A grab used on an Ogre in Hell. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
- Hell's Buster – A technique that Cell and Frieza developed together while in Hell. Both Cell and Frieza begin to glow, then a yellow ki emits from both of their bodies, which then envelops their opponent, trapping him/her in an inescapable ki orb. Then both the users throws the orb prison down into the deepest part of Hell, with the prisoner in it. Named Almighty Light Cage in the Funimation dub.
- Dual Tech – A combined attack used by Frieza and Cell: Cell charges an energy wave and Frieza charges a finger beam, and they then fire the blasts together. They prepared this attack in Dragon Ball GT, but did not fire it. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
The Larva is Cell's evolutionary stage. Cell's basic design was thought up by Dr. Gero as the ultimate artificial human while Gero was in a good mood due to successfully completing Android 19. Cell's original, larval form floats in Dr. Gero's secret basement laboratory. In the present timeline, the Present Cell is killed by Future Trunks and Krillin when they discover the basement (which included some blueprints). In Future Trunks' timeline, Future Cell is alive, searching for the Androids, when Future Trunks returns from the present timeline, but gets killed by Future Trunks' Heat Dome Attack. In another alternate timeline, Cell grows to full-size, cracks out of the machine, turns from a larva into its imperfect form, kills Future Trunks in order to steal his Time Machine, reverts to his larval form, and travels back to the present timeline in order to absorb Android 17 and Android 18.
He burrows deep into the ground where he remains for four years, during which time he undergoes a slow, natural evolutionary process as he prepares to change into his imperfect form. Once ready, Cell emerges from the ground to shed his skin. This form's effectiveness in combat is never shown, but it was at the very least able to produce an energy blast strong enough to melt through the canopy of the time machine.
- Imperfect Form
Imperfect Cell (不完全体セル Fukanzentai Seru) or 1st form Cell (第ー形態セル Dai Ichi Keitai Seru) is Cell's mature form prior to his absorption of Android 17 and Android 18. The state is alternatively called First Form.
When Cell powers up to his maximum, he transforms into a Super Saiyan via his Saiyan cells, however due to lack of hair the only change is that he gains the Super Saiyan aura around himself.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Perfect Cell is shown to be capable of creating an Imperfect copy of his Imperfect form when he creates one to assist in the Future Warrior's Training under him though Perfect Cell himself refers to it as his Imperfect offspring indicating Perfect Cell can give birth to Imperfect Bio-Androids similar to Cell-X, though the ones produced by Perfect Cell are identical to his Imperfect form and inherit Imperfect Cell's personality and desire to absorb others though are obedient to Perfect Cell.
- Semi-Perfect Form
Main article: Form Change
Semi-Perfect Cell (半完全体セル Hankanzentai Seru), or Second Form (第2形態 Dai Ni Keitai), is a form Cell achieved after absorbing Android 17, but before getting to Android 18 (though several video games show that Cell would still take this exact form no matter the order). This form makes its debut on Dragon Ball Z episode 152 (137 in the edited version), "Say Goodbye, 17", which premiered on August 12, 1992. This form is called #17 Absorption in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 and "Nonperfect" form in Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II.
- Perfect Form
Perfect Cell (完全体セル Kanzentai Seru), also called Cell: Perfect form, is the ultimate form of Cell, which he assumed after absorbing both Androids 17 and 18.
In this form, Cell often uses the Super Saiyan form while powered up and fighting, resulting in him gaining the form's golden aura, and he rarely (if ever) displays his base power. In Xenoverse series, this form is called Cell (Perfect) and in Xenoverse 2 it is revealed that absorbing both 17 & 18 together allows Imperfect Cell to transform directly into his Perfect form bypassing his Semi-Perfect form entirely.
- Power Stressed
The bulky Power Stressed form is the result Perfect Cell taking on the Super Saiyan Third Grade form. It makes its debut in "Trunks Surpasses His Father!", the 386th chapter of the Dragon Ball manga, issued on August 11, 1992. It makes its first anime appearance in "The Cell Games", the 165th episode of Dragon Ball Z (150th in the 276-episode version), which premiered on November 18, 1992. Cell never actually fights in this form, and simply uses it to taunt Future Trunks - who thought that his Super Saiyan Third Grade form would be enough to beat Perfect Cell.
The second time Perfect Cell takes on his Power Weighted form, he becomes much larger than before, presumably thanks to the presence of Piccolo's Namekian cells in his body.
This form is fully playable in this form in Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers, Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, Dragon Ball Heroes, and Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale. The form also makes an appearance in the final battle of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai where it is named Perfect Form (Power-Weighted), where Gohan must defeat Cell, despite the fact he should actually be in his Super Perfect form. In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, this form is referenced by the Z-Soul, A power-based transformation... which grants a large increase in attack and defense when Ki is at max, however movement speed is reduced and no guard can be made.
- Self-destruction form
Main article: Unforgivable!
Semi-Perfect Cell's Self-destruction form is a transformation that Cell takes out of desperation in order to kill the Z Fighters along with the Earth. The explosion he releases when in this form is strong enough to reduce him to a single cell, and obliterate King Kai's planet along with everyone on it at the time.
- Super Perfect Form
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
Super Perfect Cell (超完全体セル Chō Kanzentai Seru), also called Revived Cell (復活セル Fukkatsu Seru) is a version of Cell's perfect form after he receives Saiyan Power from his recovery after a self-destruction that takes the lives of Goku, King Kai, Bubbles and Gregory. Cell explains that as long as his mass that makes up his nucleous is not destroyed, his body can still regenerate. Despite Cell's loss of Android 18, Cell's being imprinted on experience of his Perfect Form, allowing him to regenerate back into said form. At the same time, like natural Saiyans, the experiences greatly increased his power and efficiency in battle. While visibly looking the same, the increase in power is illustrated by Cell's aura now sparking with electricity, identical in nature to a Super Saiyan 2, and in the manga, he confirms that he is a Super Saiyan 2, stating that he has "powered up like Son Gohan". In the Xenoverse series this form is called Cell (Full Power).
- Overloaded Form
In Dragon Ball GT, while Cell and Frieza are fighting Goku in Hell, Cell actually absorbs Goku for a brief while, gaining all of his power. His appearance actually does change, becoming much more muscular and being surrounded by electricity, before Goku crawls out of Cell from his tail. The form is named Cell, Overloaded on one card in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.
"How could I be defeated by a weakling like Yamcha?!"
Cellin (セルリン Serurin) is the product of Cell absorbing Krillin in a what-if scenario in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai. Cell has a nightmare during his wait for the Cell Games to start. In this nightmare, Cell succeeds in absorbing Android 17, but accidentally absorbs Krillin who pushes Android 18 out of the way before she could be absorbed, resulting in what would look like a fusion between a Cell Jr. and Krillin: Cellin. Cellin appears as Perfect Cell but has a diminutive body (around the size of a Cell Jr.), with Krillin's characteristics and his gi's orange color, even with the Turtle School symbol on his back and chest, Krillin's six marks on his head and even his spots as well as a clogged up voice. With his power level taking a drastic drop, Cell is barely able to defeat Yamcha and is destroyed with one shot from Tien Shinhan's Tri-Beam. Cell then wakes up startled, seeing that he is still standing in his Cell Games Arena, during the middle of the night, normal. Relieved, Cell mutters "I guess ten days is just too long to wait for the tournament," referring to the Cell Games.
- Majin Cell
Main article: Manipulation Sorcery
Cell appears in this form in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2 and Dragon Ball Z 2 V. He appears the same as in his Perfect state except with an M on his forehead and black lining around his eyes like with Vegeta when under the trance. In the story mode of Budokai 2, he and Frieza are revived and turned into Majins by Babidi, and are once again beaten by Goku and the other Z Fighters. When Majin Buu kills Babidi, Cell and Frieza turn back to their old selves and do not remember anything of being controlled by Babidi, though they still continue to obstruct the heroes all the way to the ending chapter. Once beaten for the last time, they are absorbed by Super Buu. They eventually return to Hell once Super Buu is defeated.
- Villainous Mode
Main article: Villainous Mode
In the finale of Xenoverse Demigra's Mirage resurrects Super Perfect Cell and Demigra possesses him in order to have him alter history of Age 778 leading to him fight the Future Warrior alongside a possessed Frieza and Kid Buu. He and Frieza are perfectly aware that they are being actively manipulated by Demigra, but they would rather have their revenge first and foremost, instead of breaking free of his control. When fought in game Cell also has Villainous Mode skill, however when playable he lacks this additional skill. Cell also utilizes the first and second stage Villainous Mode power-ups during the altered Cell Games.
Main article: Supervillain
In Xenoverse 2, Perfect Cell is transformed by the dark magic of the Time Breakers by shaving off life to grant him greater power. This gives him his second stage Supervillain transformation version of his Full Power Perfect form called Cell•Supervillain. In this form his skin becomes a whiter color, his eyes glow dark pink and he gains the Time Breaker's broken infinity symbol on his forehead. Like Omega Shenron•Supervillain and Yamcha•Supervillain, this form is obtained outside the main story as Cell uses the weaker first stage Supervillain power-up during the main story in his Imperfect, Perfect, and Full Power forms. It is also implied that had he absorbed 17 while the Android was enchanted then his Semi-Perfect form would be far more powerful as a result of the Supervillain power-up, though fortunately the Future Warrior freed 17 of the enchantment before he was absorbed thus this scenario never occurred.
- Powered Up Form
Cell attains this form at some point during Dragon Ball GT as shown during the Dragon Ball GT (1997 live show). Frieza and Cell are looking for Goku, so Pan and Trunks trick them into thinking Goku is coming so they can flee. Cell and Frieza then begin searching for Goku once more.
Main article: Dark Evolution
After being resurrected by Towa, Cell was turned into Cell-X, this version of Cell was giant and spider-like in appearance.
As more energy was collected for him he continued to get more powerful but was defeated by the Time Patrol in Age 1000. In this form Cell no longer likes to fight directly, instead spawning smaller Bio-Androids to do his work for him.
- Ultimate Ultra Fusion
Main article: Ultimate Ultra Fusion
The strongest fused warrior, resulting from Frieza and Cell manipulating Pinich into using Five-Way Fusion with them and Pinich's two teammates: Wanta & Piprika. Frieza and Cell are the ones who retains control of the fusion and use it to kill Goku and destroy the planet, however their plans are thwarted by Whis who rewinds time, and then Beerus, who reflects his attack away. Ultimate Ultra Fusion then fights Tekka's team in both his Super Saiyan and Golden Great Ape forms, but is defeated.
Main article: Cellza
After the defeat of Ultimate Ultra Fusion, Frieza and Cell use EX-Fusion to fuse into Cellza as a last resort against Tekka and Pinich, however the two also use EX-Fusion and manage to defeat Cellza in the final battle. It is implied that Cellza is stronger than Golden Frieza, given that Frieza decided to perform EX-Fusion with Cell over fighting Tekka and Pinich in his Golden form.
- Perfect 16
Main article: Perfect 16 Perfect 16 is the EX-Fusion of Android 16 and Perfect Cell introduced in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Cell 17
Main article: Cell 17 Cell 17 is the EX-Fusion of Perfect Cell and Android 17. Interestingly, despite being a fusion of Cell and 17, Cell 17 overall resembles a fusion of Perfect Cell and Super 17, and is even referred to as the fusion of the Ultimate Android and Ultimate Machine Mutant in his character profile.
Vegecell is a hypothetical fusion of Semi-Perfect Cell and Vegeta. It is a "Fusion Frenzy" card in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, however, the card itself does not depict the fused character, instead showing the two fusing characters beside each other.
- Senzu Bean - Mystical beans with immense rejuvenation properties.
Video Game Appearances
Cell has made an impact in many Dragon Ball Z video games, mostly as a boss.
- Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen
- Dragon Ball Z: Gekitō Tenkaichi Budōkai
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden
- Cult Jump
- Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2
- Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle
- Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension
- Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden
- Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z: Collectible Card Game
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors
- Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Battle 22
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legend
- Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2
- Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Sagas
- Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi
- Data Carddass Dragon Ball Z 2
- Super Dragon Ball Z
- Battle Stadium D.O.N
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Omee to Fusion
- Dragon Ball Z TV game
- Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
- Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Taikan Kamehameha - Ora to Omee to Scouter
- Dragon Ball Z: W Bakuretsu Impact
- Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World
- Dragon Ball Z: Dragon Battlers
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast
- Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2
- Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team
- Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden
- Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale
- Dragon Ball Heroes
- Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi
- Dragon Ball Z For Kinect
- Dragon Ball: Tap Battle
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse
- Dragon Ball Discross
- Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden
- Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle
- Dragon Ball Fusions
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Japanese: Norio Wakamoto
- Latin American Spanish dub: Ricardo Brust (DBZ), Salvador Reyes (Kai)
- Castilian Spanish dub: Alejo de la Fuente
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: João Batista (DBZ), Raul Schlosser (GT & Kai), Roberto Garcia (DBZ Kai: TFC)
- Portuguese dub: António Semedo
- French dub: Georges Lycan, Julien Kramer (Kai)
- German dub: Stefan Gossler
- Italian dub: Enrico Bertorelli (DBZ, DBZ Kai: TFC, DBGT), Dario Oppido (DBS)
- Hungarian dub: Balázsi Gyula (DBZ), Katona Zoltán (DBGT)
- Catalan dub: Jaume Mallofré
- Hebrew dub: Giora Kenneth
- Thai dub: Kaiwan Wattanakrai
- Cantonese dub: Lu Kwok Kuan
- Basque dub: Jon Ander Alberdi
- Korean dub: Seok-Pil Choi
- Valencian dub: Felip Bau
- Tagalog dub: Robert Brilliantes
- Vietnamese dub: Hồ Chơn Nhơn
- Pre-Imperfect Cell Saga
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Future Trunks
- Dragon Ball Z
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Piccolo
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Earth's Military (Anime only)
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Battle Ball Team (Anime only)
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Krillin (Anime only)
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Android 17
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Piccolo
- Cell (Imperfect Form) vs. Android 16
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Android 16
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Tien Shinhan
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade)
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Second Grade)
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Krillin, Android 16, and Android 18
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade) (Anime only)
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Android 18
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Krillin
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Krillin and Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Second Grade)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan Second Grade)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Future Trunks (Super Saiyan Third Grade)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Earth's Military
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Caroni (Anime only)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Piroshki (Anime only)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Mr. Satan
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Goku (Super Saiyan)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Android 16
- Cell (Perfect Form/Power-Weighted/Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan 2)
- Cell (Semi-Perfect Form) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) (anime only)
- Cell (Super Perfect Form) vs. Vegeta (Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan Second Grade)
- Cell (Super Perfect Form) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan 2)
- Cell (Super Perfect Form) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan 2), Piccolo, Tien Shinhan, Yamcha, and Krillin (anime only)
- Cell (Super Perfect Form) vs. Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) and Vegeta (Super Saiyan)
- Cell (Perfect Form), Frieza (Final Form), and King Cold vs. Pikkon (Anime only)
- Dragon Ball Super
- Cell (Perfect Form), Frieza (Final Form), and Kid Buu vs. Goku (Super Saiyan) (Imaginary; manga only)
- Cell (Perfect Form) (illusion), Tambourine (illusion), King Piccolo (illusion), Vegeta (illusion), Nappa (illusion), Ginyu (illusion), Burter (illusion), Jeice (illusion), Recoome (illusion), Guldo (illusion), Frieza (Final Form) (illusion), Super Buu (illusion), Dabura (illusion), Raditz (illusion), Bulma (illusion), and Super Shenron (illusion) vs. Goku (Base/Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 3/Super Saiyan Blue) and Krillin (Anime only)
- Cell (Perfect Form) vs. Mr. Satan (manga only; televised recreation)
- Dragon Ball GT
- Cell (Super Perfect Form) and Frieza (Final Form) vs. Goku
List of characters killed by Cell
- Future Trunks – Killed by Cell in another alternate timeline. Cell strangled him with his tail so he could steal his Time Machine.
- Earthlings – Thousands of people are killed when Cell blows up inhabited islands in search of Android 18 and many others were killed through absorption. He annihilated a quarter of a city when making his global broadcast about the Cell Games. He also killed many military soldiers in his first battle with Piccolo, and during the ten-day waiting period of the Cell Games. Though, they were later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Richest man in Gingertown – Killed through absorption in front of Piccolo. He was revived with the Dragon Balls.
- ZTV reporter – Killed by Perfect Cell's ki blast.
- Android 16 – Body destroyed by Cell using a Ki blast, but his head was still functioning. 16 was utterly destroyed when Cell stomped on and crushed his head while 16 was speaking to Gohan, telling him to fight Cell, inducing Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 transformation. Android 16 may have been "revived" with the Dragon Balls, but he was never seen afterwards.
- Android 17 - Died while still inside of Cell when he self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai's planet.
- Goku – Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai's planet. He was later revived when Elder Kai gave him his life 7 years later.
- King Kai – Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai's planet.
- Bubbles – Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai's planet.
- Gregory – Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai's planet.
- Future Trunks – Killed by Cell with a Full Power Death Beam through the chest. He was later revived with the Dragon Balls.
- Other Dragon Ball Stories
- Dr. Gero – Killed by Perfect Cell after Gero returns and attempts to gain Cell's assistance in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors.
- Gohan - Killed by Dark Cell and two Dark Cell Juniors with the Father-Son Perfect Kamehameha in an altered timeline of Age 767 in Xenoverse. However this timeline was erased by the Future Warrior travelling back in time to correct it so the original history could be restored.
- Android 21 - Killed by Super Perfect Cell, Frieza, and SSJ Goku's combined energy attack in the Enemy Warrior Arc of Dragon Ball FighterZ.
- All forms
- Cell was named after the English word for "cell" because he absorbs Earthlings and transforms. Insects served as the model for Cell's design. Besides his design, the way in which he hatches from an egg and sheds his skin as he grows was also based on insects. Thus Cell very much resembles an insect in both in appearances and in the way he goes through different stages of metamorphosis.
- The series author Akira Toriyama mentions in an interview that drawing Cell's design is hard. He says that, picture-wise, the spots on his body were really tough; it was very tedious to draw them every time.
- As King Piccolo had previously also enjoyed himself by taking over the world as if it were a game and tried to rule the world through fear, Akira Toriyama wondered in an interview if Cell's similar way of doing things is from the influence of his Piccolo cells.
- Cell is unleashed in the Age 786 in his timeline and died in Age 767 in the main timeline (19 years before his alternate self would be unleashed into the world).
- All four forms of Cell had some sort of characteristic of the Z Fighters who challenge him in his personality. Imperfect Cell is sneaky and calculating like Piccolo, Semi-Perfect Cell is vain and arrogant like Vegeta, Perfect Cell was laid back and only wanted to fight powerful opponents like Goku, and Super Perfect Cell is hotheaded and cocky like Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.
- Cell repeats two fatal mistakes that are made by another Z Fighter fighting him: First, Cell tricks Vegeta into letting him become complete so he could see his true power; later, Cell attempts to unlock Gohan's hidden potential as well, eventually resulting in his death. Like Future Trunks, Cell powers up to his maximum and beefs up, which makes him stronger but slows him down so that he cannot land a single hit on Gohan. This leads to him being kicked in the stomach and regurgitating Android 18, reverting him to his Semi-Perfect form.
- This incarnation of Cell kills an incarnation of Future Trunks twice: first in his Imperfect form when he steals Future Trunks' Time Machine and second in his Super Perfect form when he kills Future Trunks during the Cell Games. Ironically, the latter Future Trunks also kills Cell twice: first alongside Krillin while Present Cell is in his larval form and second in his own time while Future Cell is in his Imperfect Form.
- In the Budokai games, even if Cell has reached his Semi-Perfect, Perfect, and Super Perfect forms, whenever he receives a powerful hit and screams in pain, he sounds just like Imperfect Cell. This is due to the fact that Cell's forms were each given their own distinct voice in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z; in the Japanese version, Norio Wakamoto uses his natural speaking voice for all of Cell's forms, meaning that the Budokai development team had programmed the games to fit his voice rather than Dameon Clarke's (similarly to how adult Goku still retains some of kid Goku's sound clips in the English version of the games). This mistake continued on into the Budokai Tenkaichi series as well, as take-damage voice cuts were never recorded for those forms.
- In all of Cell's 'adult' forms, there is one area of his body that never changes, the black diamond area in the center of his chest, which is similar to Frieza's.
- Considering how Cell can transform back into his larval form at will, Cell's immortality claim could be true when considering the , a sea creature that reverts to younger stages of its life to reset its lifespan.
- In Dragon Ball Super, it is revealed that Bulma kept the Capsule containing Cell's Time Machine for research purposes, which later proves vital for the Z Fighters during the "Future" Trunks Saga after Goku Black destroys Future Trunks' Time Machine. Using her Future counterparts notes, Bulma is able to repurpose Cell's Time Machine into a replacement for Future Trunks' original Time Machine, allowing Future Trunks, Goku, and Vegeta to travel to the future in order to stop the evil Black. This is quite ironic as Cell's Time Machine originally belonged to Future Trunks' deceased counterpart from Cell's Timeline.
- Cell's introduction was the result of a long debate between Akira Toriyama and his former editor Kazuhiko Torishima over the appeal of the villains that Toriyama was using for the Androids Arc. Toriyama had already created Androids 17 and 18 to replace Dr. Gero and 19, who Torishima described as "an old man and a China doll", only for Torishima to deride 17 and 18 as "a couple of brats". This led to the creation of Cell, who Torishima finally approved of.
- Of all three of Dragon Ball Z's main antagonists, Cell has the lowest body count. His kill count consists of only thousands of unnamed humans (and virtually all of them off-camera). Meanwhile, Frieza and Majin Buu have killed billions on-camera.
- Imperfect Cell
- His mouth in this form resembles that of an Arlian, except that his mouth opens when he talks.
- The first core form of Lavos from the video game Chrono Trigger resembles Cell in his Imperfect Form. The characters from this game were designed by Akira Toriyama.
- In Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans, the enemies Sandman, Yorgan, and Failed Experiment are slightly modified and recolored versions of Imperfect Cell.
- In Xenoverse 2, it is shown that if Imperfect Cell absorbs both Android 17 and 18 at the same time, he will bypass his Semi-Perfect form and transform immediately into his Perfect form. However it is implied he must be stronger than Android 16 in order to subdue both Androids.
- It is also shown that Perfect Cell can give birth to an Imperfect Cell clone/offspring which he uses to test the Future Warrior during their training. This fits with Cell-X's ability to give birth to Imperfect Cell-X's in Dragon Ball Online.
- In PQ: "Miscalculations in Time", Imperfect Cell's time machine goes off course and ends up at the Cell Games. Perfect Cell has nothing but scorn for his Imperfect self and calls him an idiot for ending up in the wrong age. However Imperfect Cell is elated to learn the computer was right about his perfect form and resolves to absorb Perfect Cell and become a warrior of even greater perfection. However the result of him absorbing Perfect Cell if any are not shown.
- Imperfect Cell notices similarities between himself and Android 13 when confronting him even wondering if 13 is one of his early prototypes. However Android 13 wonders if a monster like Cell can even be an Android.
- Semi-Perfect Cell
- Though his Semi-Perfect form is in between his Imperfect and Perfect/Super Perfect forms, the latter three of which all have wings, his Semi-Perfect form does not possess wings.
- Semi-Perfect Cell was introduced after Akira Toriyama's editor at the time, Yū Kondō, expressed dissatisfaction at Imperfect Cell's insectoid appearance; this led Toriyama to give Cell the ability to transform, and with it, the inception of Semi-Perfect Cell.
- Semi-Perfect Cell is Akira Toriyama's favorite Android; he had actually planned on having him play a more active role, but was forced to bring him into his Perfect form earlier than anticipated after Yū Kondō complained that the Semi-Perfect form looked too silly.
- Surprisingly enough, Semi-Perfect Cell is the inspiration of the meme "Shoop da Whoop," due to a furious scream of outrage he utters upon his defeat by Vegeta in his 2nd Grade Super Saiyan form. (Said scream was shown during the closing scenes of "Hour of Temptation.")
- Perfect Cell/Super Perfect Cell
- In the manga and Japanese anime, there is a plot hole with regards to how Cell is able to regenerate. According to Cell, an organ inside his head allows him to regenerate, so long as that organ is not destroyed. Goku had previously destroyed Cell's entire upper body, head included, which should have prevented the evil Android from regenerating. This plot hole is not present in FUNimation's English dub of the anime, where Cell states that "every cell in his body has a life of its own", and that one survived, which allowed him to regenerate.
- In Xenoverse 2, the plot description for "Father to Son - The Last Kamehameha" states that "a small amount of Cell's DNA survived" when referring to how Cell survived his self-destruction.
- Another potential contradiction is that Cell receives Saiyan Power after his Unforgivable! self-destruction, though during the Frieza Saga Vegeta stated in both the manga and anime that one cannot receive Saiyan Power if the wound is self-inflicted. However it should be noted that Cell is an artificially created partial Saiyan life form meaning he may not have the same limitations as pure Saiyans or even partial Saiyans like Gohan and Trunks. It is possible that Dr. Gero's Supercomputer may have augmented Cell's genetic abilities such as Saiyan Power to remove such limitations or was the result of his unique combination of genetic abilities.
- Cell's Saiyan Power is the only time Vegeta's statement about Saiyan Power has seemingly been contradicted, as Goku receives a Saiyan Power after eating a Senzu Bean after injuring himself with a Bending Kamehameha during his Gravity Training while on his way to Namek in both the manga and anime. However it is likely that in Goku's case he received a Saiyan Power due to the extreme nature of the training putting him at near death and not injuries he received from his own attack. It should also be noted that this occurs before Vegeta reveals Saiyan Power cannot occur if the injury is self-inflicted.
- In Xenoverse, if the Time Patroller speaks to Cell when he is a mentor, Cell will occasionally say "I want to travel time freely like you. No matter what period I go, I will always be the strongest. My time machine can't be used anymore. What a pity".
- However unbeknownst to him his Time Machine would later be fixed by Bulma and the Pilaf Gang in the Dragon Ball Super anime and be used by Future Trunks after his original Time Machine was destroyed by Goku Black. This also occurs in the Warrior of Hope Saga in Xenoverse 2 as Black destroys Trunks' Time Machine just like he does in the anime (the Time Machine being fixed is only referenced in passing by Chronoa though it presumably follows the anime's version of said timeline). So in an ironic twist, Cell's traveling to the past ended up helping Future Trunks. This may explain why Chronoa did not erase Cell's alternations to history along with the fact he was ultimately killed by Gohan and allowed Future Trunks to prevent Future Cell from doing the same do to him being aware of events that lead to his counterpart's death at the hands of Cell in Cell's future timeline.
- In Dragon Ball Z 2: Super Battle, if Cell is defeated in Goku's story mode, Cell is given a Senzu bean in which Cell says he will come back and have his revenge. 7 years later, Cell is seen in a group photo with the rest of the Z Fighters.
- During his battle with Super Saiyan Third Grade Future Trunks in Ghosts from Tomorrow, Cell states that Dr. Gero's Supercomputer did not add Trunks' Cells to Cell after Future Trunks had killed Mecha Frieza as the computer had already collected enough Saiyan DNA implying that Future Trunks killed King Cold and Frieza in Cell's Timeline. However this makes little sense as Future Trunks traveled through time to save Goku and warn him of the Androids, killing Frieza and King Cold by mistake as he was unaware that Goku could use Instant Transmission to reach Earth in time to save it like Future Goku did in Trunks' timeline. Thus it would make little sense if Future Trunks had killed Frieza and Cold in Cell's Timeline as he would have warned everyone about the Androids, which would have likely made Cell's timeline more similar to main timeline had Frieza and Cold been killed by Future Trunks in Cell's Timeline. It should also be noted that Cell's timeline is basically an alternate version of Future Trunks' timeline though with Cell killing Future Trunks who was unaware of Cell's existence and stealing his Time Machine. Presumably, Cell who had arrived before Mecha Frieza and King Cold's deaths mistook Future Trunks' killing for Frieza and Cold for the event that occurred in his timeline and failed to realize it was actually Future Goku who had killed them in both his and Trunks' timelines, which makes sense as Dr. Gero admits having stopped recording Goku's battles after the Saiyan conflict, thus it is likely that the Supercomputer's drones only observed battles to collect DNA samples which would explain why Cell did not known about Future Goku's role as his DNA had presumably already been collected previously.
- His head-piece in his Perfect Form is a Namekian trait, so it is likely a recessive trait obtained from Piccolo's cells.
Main article: Cell/Gallery
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 "Dragon Ball Q&A" section, Dragon Ball Full Color Androids Saga volume 4, 2014
- ↑ Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2, 2010
- ↑ The reveal poster for Cell-X states "Do you REMEMBER me!?" suggesting Cell-X is the original Cell rebuilt
- ↑ Dragon Ball chapter 363, "A Farewell to Arms"
- ↑ Upon returning to Earth and killing Future Trunks, Cell states that he "had powered up like Son Gohan.
- ↑ Chouzenshuu 1, 2013
- ↑ School Quest: "Lesson 2" Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors, 2004
- ↑ Raging Blast series
- ↑ Budokai Tenkaichi series
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Dragon Ball Z TV Special 02 Film Anime Comics, May 31, 1993
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Daizenshuu 2, 1995
- ↑ In the manga, they were only Super Saiyan. However, the animators gave them grossly enlarged muscles in the anime, indicating that they might have been 2nd Grade Super Saiyan.
- ↑ Dragon Ball Online, 2010