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"I'm afraid that if they knew, they would lose interest; because if you're on the top, then there's nothing left to shoot for, but if they think there are guys out there that are stronger than they are, like Jackie Chun, for instant, then they'll continue to give it everything they have, training like the wild animals they really are, totally carefree and uninhabited, without a trace of ego. So Nam, I don't want Goku and Krillin to know how great they really are. That's why I came to beat the pants off them!"
— Master Roshi unto Nam

Danger From Above (たて悟空!恐るべき天空X字拳, Tate Gokū! Osoru Beki Tenkuupekejiken; lit. "Stand Up, Goku! The Fearsome Tenku Pekeji-ken") is the twenty-fifth episode of Dragon Ball and the twelfth episode of the Tournament Saga.



Goku trips Nam with the use of his tail

Goku and Nam's match starts. The winner of this fight will go on to meet Jackie Chun in the finals of the tournament. Nam does not want to hurt Goku, or anyone else. He only entered the World Martial Arts Tournament to get the prize money to buy water for his poor village. Nam hits Goku with everything he has, but Goku takes all the damage and bounces back. Goku attacks him with his hands, feet, and tail. Nam realizes that he has to use his terrifying aerial attack, the Cross Arm Dive, to get the victory. It is a dangerous move and it was capable of severely injuring Goku. After Goku gets dizzy due to his new attack  and falls to the ground, Nam takes to the air. He then crosses his arms in front of his face to make an "X". He accelerates towards the ring and crashes down into Goku's chest. The arena is in disbelief. Goku is out cold and Nam bows his head and asks for forgiveness. The announcer initiates the ten count. Nam says that Goku will get up in about 8–10 days, but Goku jumps up before the count of ten.


Goku gets dizzy after using his spin attack

After a while, Nam goes for his attack again. Goku follows him in the air. The duo fight on the way down. Goku has an idea, so he drops down ahead of Nam. Nam thinks Goku made a huge error and he crosses his arms again for the Aerial Attack. Goku swiftly moves out of the way and Nam crashes into the ring. Goku jumps towards him and kicks Nam out of the ring, and receives the victory. The finals are set, but poor Nam still has no water for his village. Jackie Chun approaches Nam, secretly. Jackie Chun reveals that he is really Master Roshi and he has glued the wig to his head. He tells Nam that he knows about his problem, because he read his mind. He gives Nam a capsule, to fill with water and take home. Nam is grateful and he asks why Master Roshi was in disguise. He says that he wants to win the tournament, so that Goku and Krillin can not. If they won and are declared the strongest, they would think there would be no reason for them to train anymore. If there is someone out there stronger than them, like Jackie Chun, they will train harder to try and beat him. Nam then asks if there is any way he could repay him for the Dynocap.

Yamcha comes over to Jackie Chun and starts saying that Jackie is Master Roshi. Jackie Chun points into the crowd saying that Master Roshi is in the crowd, so it is impossible for him to be Roshi. Yamcha is surprised, when he sees the Turtle Hermit sitting in the crowd. Shortly after, "Master Roshi" walks away and removes his beard and sunglasses, revealing himself to be Nam. Nam advances home, as the crowd is pumped up for the final bout.


  • Goku vs. Nam


  • Cross Arm Dive: Nam


Character Name Original Japanese FUNimation
Goku Masako Nozawa Stephanie Nadolny
Master Roshi/Jackie Chun Kouhei Miyauchi Mike McFarland
Krillin Mayumi Tanaka Laurie Steele
Bulma Hiromi Tsuru Tiffany Vollmer
Yamcha Tōru Furuya Christopher R. Sabat
Oolong Naoki Tatsuta Bradford Jackson
Puar Naoko Watanabe Monika Antonelli
World Tournament Announcer Hirotaka Suzuoki Eric Vale
Nam Kaneto Shiozawa Jerry Jewell
Giran Banjō Ginga Andrew Chandler
Ranfan Yoko Kawanami Laura Bailey
Bacterian Yasuo Tanaka Chris Rager
Launch Mami Koyama Meredith McCoy
Narrator Joji Yanami Brice Armstrong


  • As mentioned by the World Tournament Announcer, Goku becomes the youngest fighter to ever reach the finals of the World Marial Arts Tournament at age 12 (as revealed in the previous episode).
  • Roshi introduces Goku and Krillin to Nam by name as if he has never heard them before, but by virtue of making it to the finals, Nam would have heard their names many times by then and know who they are, especially Goku who he fought earlier in the episode.
  • Roshi's reasonings for defeating his students in the tournament is quite apt, as Goku and his friends would wind up fighting progressively tougher and tougher enemies. This is shown with the Red Ribbon Army, Tien and Chiaotzu, King Piccolo andPiccolo Jr., Raditz, Vegeta and Nappa, Frieza and his men, the Red Ribbon Androids, Cell and Majin Buu (among others), each one progressively stronger than the last.


Facts about "Danger From Above"RDF feed
Brief summaryGoku fights Nam, a poor farmer, who entereGoku fights Nam, a poor farmer, who entered the tournament, so that he can use the championship money to buy water for his drought-stricken village. Nam is more than just a farmer and they wage an incredible battle. Goku outsmarts Nam, kicking him out of the ring, and advances to the finals.t of the ring, and advances to the finals.
English titleDanger From Above +
Episode number25 +

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