Final Atonement (愛する者のために...ベジータ散る!!, Ai Suru Mono no Tame ni... Bejīta Chiru!!) is the sixth episode of the Majin Buu Saga and the two hundred thirty-seventh overall episode in the original dubbed and the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on August 24, 1994. Its original American air date was November 13, 2001.
Angered to see his father tortured by Majin Buu, Trunks rushes to his father's aid, with the help of Goten, despite Piccolo's attempts to stop them. Trunks kicks Majin Buu away, and he and Goten free Vegeta from Buu's binds. Trunks is scared and angry to see his father badly beaten. Goten wonders if he will die, but Trunks yells at him and says his father would never die. Trunks then tells Goten that his father is the Saiyan prince. Vegeta wakes up and is angry that he was beaten by Majin Buu. Babidi mocks Vegeta for being defeated and that it will not be long before he dies. Piccolo appears behind him and says that it will be Babidi who will die and slices him in half, despite Babidi's best attempt to protect himself.
For the sake of his family and other loved ones, Vegeta chooses to sacrifice himself, using the Final Explosion in order to kill Majin Buu. He tells Trunks to take care of his mother, and orders him and Goten to leave right now. Trunks and Goten try to convince him to let them help him, but Vegeta tells them that Majin Buu is too strong for them. The boys persist to let them help him fight the creature. In a moment of silence, Vegeta tells Trunks that he has never held him since he was a baby, and for the first time, hugs Trunks. Trunks is surprised and embarrassed, and Goten watches the moment. Vegeta tells Trunks that he has made him proud, before knocking both him and Goten unconscious.
When Piccolo arrives and Vegeta asks him to take the boys to safety and Piccolo warns Vegeta that he is going to die, Vegeta asks him if he will meet Goku in Other World. Piccolo tells him that it is impossible, as Vegeta has spent most of his life caring for no one but himself, and has caused too much pain. Regardless of this, Vegeta decides to accept his fate. Before his death, Majin Vegeta declares that he does this not only for his family, but for Goku as well.
Majin Vegeta unleashes his full power, killing himself, and vanishing in an aura of light. Buu is blown to bits.
- Vegeta sacrifices himself in an attempt to kill Majin Buu.
"No, you fool! Don't you know that if you destroy me, then no one...! No one will be able to control Buu! He'll run wild, and there will be no way to seal him up again - LISTEN TO ME! If I'm gone, Majin Buu will destroy everything, until there's nothing left of this planet! Do you want that?!"
"Trunks, Bulma...I do this for you. And yes...even for you, Kakarot."
"And so, one of the Earth's greatest warriors has vanished in a blinding flash of light, having made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his loved ones. His name was Vegeta, a proud Saiyan prince."
Bruce Faulconer tracks
- "Super Namek (soundtrack)" - When Piccolo slices Babidi in half.
- "Vegeta Knows His Son" - When Vegeta sacrifices himself.
- "Vegeta's Theme" - When Majin Vegeta uses his Final Explosion against Majin Buu.
- This episode picked up where "The Warrior's Decision" had left off.
- When Babidi is defeated by Piccolo, he is chopped horizontally in half with his arm cut off. This is the second time this happens to a villain, the first being Frieza by his own energy disk.
- Piccolo predicts that Vegeta will not be able to keep his body after death because he spent his life on selfish pursuits. However, many villains who also pursued selfish goals, such as Frieza, Cell, and Dr. Gero were all seen with bodies after their deaths in the anime. It should be noted, however, that Vegeta should know what death was like as he remembered the Check-In Station earlier in the series.
- This episode happens to be 202 episodes after Krillin reluctantly spared Vegeta's life. In this episode, Krillin is the first to react to Vegeta's death.
- As stated by Piccolo at the end of the episode, this is the first time Vegeta has fought for someone other than himself and truly shown his love for his family. However, when Cell killed Future Trunks and Vegeta then became extremely angry in a previous episode, "Cell Returns!", Piccolo's statement is actually false.
- This episode is incorrectly labeled as episode 206 in the 2009 FUNimation release of season 8.
- Vegeta knocking Goten and Trunks unconscious to sacrifice himself to destroy Buu is similar to what he did to Goku in "The Losses Begin".