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"This can't be happening! I am complete! It is impossible for a Saiyan child to defeat me! I am the ultimate fighter! I have no equal! Yet somehow, this one is different. Very well, if I have to prove myself once again, then so be it, but this will be the last time!"

Cell's Break Down (セルに異変!!崩された完全体, Seru ni Ihen!! Kuzusareta Kanzentai) is the twenty second episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred eighty-seventh overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on May 26, 1993. Its original American air date was December 18, 2000.



Cell charging the Earth-Destroying Kamehameha

After Cell realizes that he is no match for Gohan's awesome new powers, he decides to use the Z Fighters' techniques in full power, such as Krillin's Destructo Disc and Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon and Rapid Fire, to no avail. After his attacks failed, Cell tries to destroy the Earth with his Earth-Destroying Kamehameha. Gohan easily deflects the enormous ki wave with a Kamehameha of his own, which swallows Cell. Goku reflects on Gohan's growing power and flashes back to when he and Gohan were training and Gohan managed to achieve Super Saiyan 2 for a split second before passing out from exhaustion and states that it was during that incident that he realized that, should Cell achieve his Perfect Form, Gohan was the only one out of the Z Fighters who would stand any chance at defeating Cell. Realizing that Cell is still alive and that he could regenerate, Piccolo asks Goku to tell Gohan to finish Cell. Gohan refuses, stating that he wants Cell to suffer for what he did to the Earth.


Gohan Super Saiyan 2 as seen in Goku's flashback

Cell regenerates and transforms out of rage, sacrificing speed for power, a transformation which he had previously mocked Trunks for. While realizing that Cell was too slow to catch him, Gohan pummels the Android with two powerful kicks - one to the face and stomach respectively -, making him regurgitate Android 18. With Android 18 no longer a part of his body, Cell's perfect power begins to fade away and he eventually reverts to his Semi-Perfect form.

Major events

  • Cell regurgitates Android 18.
  • This episode marks the first time Gohan uses the Kamehameha.
  • It is implied in this episode that Gohan's first transformation into Super Saiyan 2 was actually during his and Goku's training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but he was not able to maintain the transformation before losing consciousness.


  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Perfect Cell
  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Power Weighted Perfect Cell

Techniques used

  • Destructo Disc - Used by Cell against Gohan, however, the young Saiyan easily catches and destroys the disks.
  • Explosive Wave - Used by Gohan to destroy the Destructo Discs fired by Cell.
  • Special Beam Cannon - Used by Cell, but Gohan easily deflects the blast.
  • Rapid Fire - Used by Cell against Gohan, to no effect.
  • Earth-Destroying Kamehameha - Used by Cell in an attempt to destroy the Earth. Gohan counters the blast with his Ultimate Kamehameha.
  • Ultimate Kamehameha - Used by Gohan to counter Cell's Kamehameha. Gohan's blast easily overpowers and leaves Cell in a critical condition.
  • Regeneration - Used by Cell to regenerate his body after being partially destroyed by Gohan's Kamehameha.
  • Explosive Demon Impact - Used by Gohan to severely cripple Power-Weighted Perfect Cell, enough for Cell to regurgitate Android 18.

Bruce Faulconer tracks


"What are you so afraid of, Cell? Isn't this what you wanted? I warned you. I told you what would happen if you pushed me too far. But you didn't listen. You forced me to awaken my hidden power! And now that you've seen it, you're afraid. Because you know that I'm going to destroy you!"

"Uh...listen. Mr. Satan, I really hate to say this, but honestly, who are you trying to fool? It's obvious to everyone here the kid has far more skill than you."
Jimmy Firecracker to Mr. Satan


  • Gohan's line "Watch and Learn" is integrated in the remastered version when Cell launches his Special Beam Cannon towards him.
  • During the original Toonami broadcast and initial DVD release of this episode it was titled "Cell's Mighty Breakdown".
  • In edited versions of the episode, the scene where Cell vomits up Android 18 is removed, instead being replaced by it cutting to Gohan smirking while Cell is heard screaming off-screen.