- This article is about Goku's son. For Goku's adoptive grandfather, see Grandpa Gohan.
"I know your kind! You think you can just waltz in and take our planet! But you forgot one thing; I'm my father's son!"
Gohan (孫悟飯, Son Gohan) is the elder son of the series' primary protagonist Goku and his wife Chi-Chi, the older brother of Goten, the husband of Videl and father to Pan. Gohan is the first hybrid (half-Earthling, half-Saiyan) to appear in the series. He is named after Goku's adoptive grandfather, Gohan.
Unlike his father, Gohan lacks a passion for fighting and prefers to do so only when the need to defend his loved ones arises. Nevertheless, Gohan fights alongside the Z Fighters in the defense of Earth for much of his life. He eventually settles down with a family at the end of Dragon Ball Z, opting for the life of a scholar instead.
Gohan's appearance changes drastically through Dragon Ball Z, due to the fact that the series starts out with him as a child and ends when he is fully grown, married, and with a child of his own. But Gohan's basic physical appearance pretty much stays the same through the course of the series. Gohan has black hair and black eyes. He has his father's facial features, and also has his mother's light peach complexion rather than his father's light tan. Gohan is also quite muscularly developed for his age. As an adult, he is of similar height to Goku, but he is also a fairly thinner.
When Gohan is first introduced, he wears a child's outfit with his family name, 'Son', written on the front and the Four-Star Dragon Ball attached to his hat, the same Dragon Ball in which Goku believed that his grandpa's spirit resided. Before he transforms into Great Ape and mostly appears in the ending theme of the anime, Gohan wears a white tank top and his green pants and black shoes from his child attire.
While training with Piccolo, he wears an outfit similar to Goku's original, with the 'Ma' symbol (魔) King Piccolo wore after he reverted to his human form from his Great Ape form and his tail was removed also by Piccolo until it grows back during his fight against Vegeta. After training with Piccolo, he has a mullet-type haircut and dons a similar attire to the Namek warrior which he continues to wear until the end of the Captain Ginyu Saga, after which he wears Battle Armor given to him by Vegeta. He would continue to wear clothing similar to Piccolo's for the majority of his childhood, but his hair trended closer to his father's wild self-cut style. During the Androids Saga, he now has long hair and retains the same outfit that he wore in the Saiyan Saga and the Frieza Saga, but now wears black kung-fu shoes and white shin guards instead of brown grass shoes. While training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he begins wearing Saiyan training gear. He reverts to Piccolo's clothing for the Cell Games. During this time his hair is spiky much like Goku's.
As a teenager, he alternates between a school uniform, his Great Saiyaman costume, a blue gi similar to the Piccolo clothing (except larger in size), a replica of the gi his father Goku wore while he was alive. His obi, wrist bands and shin guards are red but in the movie Broly: The Second Coming, His shin guards are reverted to white, and during the Buu Saga, he wears Kai clothing given to him by Kibito. His hair is much shorter and stands on end in a spiky formation. In his fight against Super Buu and reuniting with his father and Vegeta after they defeated Kid Buu, Gohan wears an outfit identical to his father, Goku's and his outfit in Bojack Unbound. At the party for the celebration of the defeat of Kid Buu, he wears a blue suit as part of his formal clothing.
As an adult in the end of Dragon Ball Z, Gohan's hair would be similar to how it was in the Buu Arc minus the bang. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Gohan's wears glasses, a blue vest with a long white undershirt, and brown slacks with black shoes.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Gohan's hair has flattened compared to how it was in the Buu Saga. He wears a grey collar shirt with red pants. On Frieza's arrival on Earth, he wears a green tracksuit because he forgot his gi at home.
In Dragon Ball Super, Gohan tends to wear formal clothing as he studies to become a professor. In the Battle of Gods Saga, Gohan wears the same vest, pants, and shoes as he wore in the Battle of Gods movie. During the Resurrection ‘F’ Saga, Gohan wears a grey collar shirt with red pants as he did in the Resurrection ‘F’ movie. Gohan has lost his gi after not using it for a while. After he resumes training with Piccolo, Gohan slicks up his hair again to have spiky ends.
In Dragon Ball GT, he retains his hairstyle from the end of Dragon Ball Z and is usually seen dressed as like a professor or a businessman, in a suit and a tie. He also wears eyeglasses, even though he shows no sign of actually needing them, due to the fact that he does not need them to fight. It is possible, however, that these are reading glasses of some kind, as opposed to general corrective glasses. When facing Omega Shenron, Gohan wears a gi resembling that of the ones Goku used to wear throughout Dragon Ball Z.
In the Assault on the Hell Gate Saga, GT Gohan wears a gi identical to Piccolo's, though without the cape and turban.
After becoming a Time Patroller, Gohan's appearance is Gohan with his Ultimate Gohan-look, but with informal martial arts clothes almost identical to Xeno Trunks', most notably a black trench coat. He also wears glasses, like in his appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’.
Gohan is a shy and studious intellectual child. As a child, he lacks the Saiyan fighting spirit. He must utilize his incredible half-breed Saiyan potential and emotional reserves to protect those he loves, becoming one of the most powerful Z Fighters. As an adult, he achieves his dream career of becoming a great scholar.
Gohan, being only half-Saiyan, is unusual in his values and personality. These unique values and personality separate him from pure Saiyans; as powerful as he is, he does not like fighting much. However, when he is forced to fight, he shows special interest in protecting his family and friends. Like his father, Goku, Gohan has a pure and gentle heart. Also like his father, he has the typical Saiyan appetite and will eat anything. Besides concerning himself with his family (and his studies), Gohan has a strong attachment with his mentor: his father's former archrival Piccolo. After the death of Goku, Piccolo chose to train Gohan as he sensed the boy's potential power, which would be harnessed to help defend the Earth from the attack of the Saiyans. At first, the relationship with Piccolo is a frightening one, but after just one year, Piccolo admits his change because of the friendship he develops with Gohan and even sacrifices himself to save the boy. Because of this, Piccolo can be considered as a surrogate father for Gohan. Krillin also has influence on Gohan, as almost an uncle/nephew relationship, mainly because Krillin is Goku's closest friend. Though he claims he does not share the love of fighting Goku has, Gohan does indeed love martial arts and adventure. It is also clearly obvious he greatly enjoys being a hero. After witnessing the death of Piccolo, Videl and Pan at the hands of Frieza, Gohan realizes that he must get much stronger in order to protect them. Because of this, he asks Piccolo to train him once again.
Gohan was born in May of Age 757, about a year after Goku and Chi-Chi married following the conclusion of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. As a newborn, he went on for a time without a name until Goku's grandfather's name was mentioned, which Gohan liked, as opposed to the name his mother chose (Einstein). His early childhood was a pampered one, unlike his father's. His life was relatively well-balanced with a loving family and a nice home. Gohan was well-adjusted and intelligent, but unlike his father as a child, he lacked any affection for fighting and was easily scared at a level that most normal children would be. Goku gave Gohan the four star Dragon Ball and put it into a hat for him to honor his grandpa. Once, Goku and Chi-Chi were walking through a meadow with Gohan on a stroller, but the stroller was accidentally released, causing them to chase after it. Gohan was then sent flying out of the stroller, but his latent powers' brief awakening not only allowed him to survive crashing into a tree, but also plowing a hole through the trunk, amazing Goku at the hidden power of Gohan.
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"You stop hurting... MY DADDY!!!"
Despite Goku's protests, Chi-Chi home-schools Gohan to be a scholar until he is four, before Goku takes him to Kame Island to introduce him to Master Roshi, Bulma and Krillin. At this time, he is shown as a shy, but very smart boy who also has a tail like Goku once had before it was removed. He is also very sensitive and appears cowardly at some times. While Goku reunites and talks with his old friends, Gohan rides on Turtle's back, and plays Rock-Paper-Scissors with a crab, enjoying himself. After Goku's brother, Raditz, explains his Saiyan origins and attacks Goku with ease, he kidnaps Gohan, putting Goku at a stalemate, that if he does not kill 100 humans by the next day, Raditz will eliminate his nephew. Gohan soon gets locked up in Raditz's space pod, because Raditz cannot stand his constant crying. It is during this time that Raditz discovers that Gohan is potentially far stronger than Goku himself.
During the battle between Goku, Raditz, and Piccolo, Gohan becomes angry and breaks free of the space pod he is being held captive in when he spots Raditz torturing Goku by repeatedly kicking one of Goku's broken ribs. He delivers a devastating blow to Raditz, giving Goku and Piccolo time to kill the evil Saiyan, though Goku dies in the process as well.
After the battle with Raditz, Piccolo, having seen Gohan's power first hand, decides to take Gohan out training in the wilderness. He leaves Gohan alone to survive against dinosaurs and other dangers for six months, though during this time he watches Gohan carefully. During the first six night, while complaining about the sour flavor of the apples Piccolo has given him, Gohan accidentally looks at a full moon and transforms into a Great Ape. Piccolo destroys the moon, causing Gohan to revert into his normal form before Gohan destroys too much of the land. Piccolo yanks his tail off, then reconstitutes his clothing, giving him a uniform similar to Goku's. The difference: it bears the Demon symbol, to symbolize him being Piccolo's student. For the rest of the year, Piccolo shows no mercy as he teaches Gohan how to fight. Soon, Gohan's bright and cheerful nature makes Piccolo protective over the young boy. As the boy grows on Piccolo, the two of them have a few conversations about Piccolo's past and why he did the things he did and Gohan tells Piccolo he thinks he is not as bad as everyone has told him.
Eventually, the time comes for the Z Fighters to take on the remaining two Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa. Piccolo senses the Saiyans making their approach and tells Gohan to be ready, when he suddenly senses a third ki from another direction. They think it is another Saiyan but soon find out that it is Krillin who joins them to fight the Saiyans. The Saiyans find them and before the fight starts, they decide to test their Saibamen against the Z Fighters. Soon Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu join them in the fight. While Yamcha and one Saibaman fight, Gohan cannot keep with their speed through his eyes alone, so Piccolo orders Gohan to concentrate and find them using Ki Sense, which Gohan is eventually able to master quickly. When Nappa begins to fight after Yamcha is killed and the six Saibamen are destroyed, Gohan is able to sometime control his fear but becomes frightened and hides behind rocks at times his age catches up with him. This prevents him from being very effective in the battle, except for short intervals, such as a point when he single-handedly kicks Nappa through a boulder. During one part of the battle, Piccolo hatches a plan for Gohan to blast Nappa after Piccolo has kicked him towards Krillin, and Krillin then will kick Nappa towards Gohan for the attack. The first two thirds of the plan work accordingly, but when it is Gohan's turn, Gohan cowers behind more boulders, botching the plan, resulting in Piccolo calling him a worthless coward. When Vegeta gives the group three hours for Goku to arrive, Piccolo loses all hope in Gohan, and after some bickering, he orders Gohan to go home. However, Gohan refuses and even realizes Nappa would not let him go away.
When the fight continues after Goku fails to arrive on time, Gohan regains his confidence and does his best to amend for his previous cowardice. Piccolo hatches another plan for Gohan to attack Nappa after Krillin distracts him and Piccolo grabs his tail. Though Gohan quickly goes on the assault, the plan fails when Nappa is shown to have overcome his tail's weakness. Eventually, when Nappa fires a lethal energy blast at Gohan, Piccolo throws himself in front of Gohan and takes the impact. Gohan watches his mentor slowly die, and while Piccolo confesses his true bond with Gohan, Gohan's emotions once again take over, starting to cry in extreme anger. Once Piccolo slowly passes on, Gohan in turn fires a powerful Masenko at Nappa, which does only minimal damage to his arm. With that last Masenko consuming all the energy he had left, Gohan decides to give up and meet his fate, despite Krillin's protests for him to run. He is almost squashed by Nappa, but is saved by the Flying Nimbus when the resurrected Goku finally arrives to the battle. After eating a Senzu Bean with Krillin, he watches Goku overpower Nappa. When Vegeta kills Nappa, Goku tells Gohan to let him battle Vegeta alone, not wanting Gohan to get hurt again.
Later on, after Vegeta turns into a Great Ape using a Power Ball and injures Goku, Gohan returns to the battle. After Yajirobe chops off Vegeta's tail, making him transform back, Gohan fights Vegeta alone while Krillin and a broken Goku prepare to fire a Spirit Bomb, the last resort. Krillin fires the Spirit Bomb, but misses. Gohan bounces it back, hitting Vegeta, but not killing him. Gohan himself transforms into a Great Ape after looking at Vegeta's Power Ball. He defeats Vegeta by landing on him after Vegeta cuts his tail with a Destructo Disc. Afterwards, Goku lets Vegeta go, hoping to one day face him again.
After recovering from his injuries in West City hospital, Wukong Hospital, Gohan chose to go to the planet Namek with Krillin and Bulma to gather the Namekian Dragon Balls to bring back his friends back to life, because Piccolo's death caused Kami's death too, which caused the Earth's Dragon Balls to turn to stone. Gohan was on a personal mission to wish back Piccolo, and went so far as to wear a copy of Piccolo's dōgi to honor him.
After their long trip, with a few sidetracks, they finally make it to Namek, where they find out Vegeta has also come seeking the Dragon Balls, along with his former far more powerful boss, Frieza. While scouting the planet with Krillin, Gohan spots Frieza and his minions, Zarbon and Dodoria, tormenting Namekian villagers. When Gohan sees Dodoria, one of Frieza's top henchmen, attack a little Namekian child named Dende, he goes out and attacks him. Afterwards, Dodoria chases Gohan, Krillin and Dende, but they eventually lose him and Vegeta kills Dodoria. Dende leads Gohan and Krillin to Grand Elder Guru, the ruler of the Namekians, where he unlocks both of their hidden potential. Later, Gohan steals a Dragon Ball that Vegeta has hid in a lake for himself, and even tricks Vegeta who runs into him on his way back from retrieving the ball. Vegeta figures this out eventually and becomes enraged, but the arrival of the Ginyu Force makes Vegeta have to form an alliance with Gohan and Krillin in order to get all the Dragon Balls and put up a fight against Frieza's feared Special Forces. Unfortunately, when they gather all of the Dragon Balls, they are ambushed by the Ginyu Force. The weakest of them, Guldo, is to take on Krillin and Gohan, but fails as Vegeta steps in and decapitates him with his hand.
Then, when Vegeta is fighting a losing battle against Recoome, Krillin and Gohan step in and fight, but it is still not enough. Gohan is on the brink of death until Goku shows up with Senzu Beans. Goku takes on the rest of them, but has his body switched by Captain Ginyu. With Goku completely weak in Captain Ginyu's body, Gohan has to try to fight Captain Ginyu in his father's body (although he is initially reluctant to do so, despite knowing it is not his dad, as he still feels he is injuring his dad by doing so). Captain Ginyu is unable to fully figure out Goku's powers and after a short fight with Gohan, Krillin, and Goku in Ginyu's body, Vegeta kills Jeice and ultimately defeats Ginyu. After Captain Ginyu ends up in a frog's body, Gohan and the others gather the Namekian Dragon Balls and wish for Piccolo to be brought back to life on Namek.
Shortly after, Frieza ambushes them, making them stall for Piccolo to come. In the Z Fighters' battle against Frieza's second form, Krillin is injured by the tyrant and is sent into the depths of the water below. Gohan rushes to save his friend from drowning, but Frieza stops him. Getting angry, Gohan attacks Frieza with a barrage of punches and kicks followed by the Gekiretsu Madan (a massive wave of energy blasts), following up with a Masendan to finish the job, that would bring the tyrant to his knees.
When Piccolo (now greatly powered up after fusing with the Namekian hero Nail) arrives on the battle field, he fights an even battle against Frieza while Gohan and the others watch in amazement. However, Frieza transforms into his third transformation and gains the upper hand against Piccolo. Seeing this, Gohan becomes enraged and attacks Frieza with the Full Power Masenko, hindering Frieza for a few minutes. Eventually, Frieza manages to deflect the attack back at Gohan, who is saved by Piccolo when he destroys the attack with a Ki Blast. Frieza then transforms into his final form, and as his first act, kills Dende, who had been healing the Z Fighters. Frieza then tries to kill Gohan with a Death Beam, but Vegeta saves the young Saiyan by kicking him out of the way of the blast. Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo watch in horror as Vegeta gets brutally beaten by Frieza until Goku arrives. In the end, Vegeta meets his end at the hands of Frieza, who kills him with a Death Beam.
Gohan and the others are left on the sidelines while Goku fights an even battle against Frieza. However, things turn bad when Frieza powers up to 50% of his power and gains the upper hand against Goku, who desperately attempts to use the Spirit Bomb. In order to buy Goku some time, Gohan and Krillin lend their energy to Piccolo so he can stall Frieza enough for Goku to complete his Large Spirit Bomb. When Frieza prepares to kill Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin summon up the last of their energy and distract the tyrant with a surprise attack, saving the Namekian's life. Goku then fires his completed Spirit Bomb. It proves successful and Frieza is plummeted into the depths of the Spirit Bomb, heavily injuring him.Believing the tyrant to be dead, the heroes relax and prepare to go back home to Earth, until Frieza appears on top of a boulder and reveals to be alive. Frieza mortally wounds Piccolo (in the anime, Frieza attempted to fire a Death Beam at Goku, but Piccolo pushed him out of the way and got hit by the laser instead, whereas in manga, Frieza intended to fire the attack at Piccolo), overwhelming Gohan with horror and grief at the presumed death of his mentor and friend. Next, Frieza kills Krillin, by telekinetically blowing him up into pieces, which enrages Goku and allows him to transform into a Super Saiyan. He assertively orders Gohan to take Piccolo and retrieve Bulma and take them to the ship that he traveled in and use it to head back to Earth. Reluctantly obeying his father's wishes, Gohan leaves the battle field with the unconscious Piccolo and manages to retrieve Bulma.
"You killed my Dad. And Krillin too. And the others... Because of you, they're gone! I'm going to make you pay for what you did to them!!!"
Later, when he senses that his father is supposedly dead, Gohan returns to the fight to stall Frieza before Namek explodes. However, despite his best efforts, he is unable to stall Frieza as the tyrant taunts him and he is not fighting, in addition to Frieza deducing the real reason Gohan is attempting to fight him. However, Gohan then senses that his father is still alive and powers up. Next, Gohan attacks Frieza with a barrage of punches and kicks, knocking him to the ground and finally blasting him with a Super Masenko. Unfortunately, Frieza appears unaffected by the attack and powers up to full power again, saying that Gohan is a true Saiyan and that is why Frieza must kill him. However, before Frieza can kill Gohan, Goku rises up from the ocean below and tells Gohan to get off Namek. Gohan flies away from the fight and encourages his father to win. As Gohan is flying back to the spaceship, he and the others are later transported to Earth by Porunga while Goku is left finishing the battle with Frieza on the dying planet Namek.
After Goku wins the battle, but is caught in planet Namek's explosion, Gohan and the others mourn the Saiyan warrior's apparent death. Months later, they are allowed to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish Goku back to life. However, they are shocked after the Eternal Dragon Porunga refuses the wish that Goku be brought back to life, but everyone rejoices once the Dragon explains that Goku did not die from Namek's explosion. During this time of peace, everyone awaits the arrival of Goku, and Gohan goes back to his studies while Piccolo watches over him and his mother.
Only in the anime, while everyone on Earth is waiting for Goku to come back, Garlic Jr. escapes from the Dead Zone, and enslaves most of humanity with the Black Water Mist. Gohan, who is unaffected due to hiding in a cave with his dragon friend Icarus, is forced to travel to the lookout point to save his mother and friends, together with Piccolo, Krillin, and his new girlfriend Maron, who is left at Korin Tower.
He has to do battle with Garlic Jr.'s henchmen, the Spice Boys, and after killing them, he has to face his friends: Krillin and Piccolo. Luckily, it turns out that these two are only pretending to be evil so they can free Kami and Mr. Popo. While outmatched at first, after a reunion with his friends, Gohan eventually manages to overcome and send Garlic Jr. back to the Dead Zone by blowing up the Makyo Star that is powering the villain. This would be the first time Gohan has saved the world without his father's help.
A year after (two years later in FUNimation dub) Goku defeated Frieza on Namek, Gohan and Chi-Chi still wait for Goku's safe return to Earth. However, things turn bad when the Z Fighters sense Frieza heading towards Earth, along with another powerful being: his father, King Cold. Gohan and the Z Fighters regroup where Frieza and King Cold's spaceship is landing, at Northern Wastelands, but without Goku's help, the Earth appears to be doomed.
However, when Frieza and King Cold land on Earth, they are confronted by a mysterious youth, who transforms into a Super Saiyan and easily destroys Frieza and King Cold along with their henchmen. After the fight, he tells the others to follow him to when and where Goku will be arriving. After waiting two hours (three in the manga), Goku arrives on Earth and he and the youth have a private talk.
The mysterious youth reveals himself as Trunks, the son of Bulma and Vegeta from 20 years in the future, who has traveled from the future and explained that a pair of deadly Androids will appear and threaten the Earth in the next three years. Future Trunks then gives Goku an antidote for the heart disease he will soon contract. With the conversation over, Future Trunks departs to his future, but promises to meet them again when the Androids arrive. During the next three years, Gohan trains hard with Goku and Piccolo to prepare for the Android threat.
"These guys are ruthless. What happened back in the city will happen everywhere. They'll start torching the whole planet if we walk away."
Three years later, the Z Fighters locate the Androids on an island nine miles southwest of South City. However, not wanting to fight in the city in fear of causing more damage after Gero had already destroyed half of the city, they fly to a wasteland so they can fight. Goku transforms into his Super Saiyan form and dominates Android 19, until the Saiyan contracts the heart virus Future Trunks warned him about three years prior, allowing Android 19 to gain the upper hand and steals some of Goku's energy. Goku, however, is saved by the arrival of Vegeta, who transforms into a Super Saiyan himself and easily destroys Android 19 while the Z Fighters watch in amazement.
With Android 19 destroyed, Android 20 (a.k.a. Dr. Gero) becomes scared and retreats, with the Z Fighters in pursuit. During the search, Piccolo is suddenly ambushed by Android 20, who attempts to steal the Namekian's energy and use it against Vegeta. Luckily, Piccolo telepathically contacts Gohan and tells him to come help him. Gohan soon arrives and knocks Dr. Gero down to the ground, saving Piccolo's life as the Z Fighters gather around. Piccolo then fights Android 20 alone and dominates the android with the strength he achieved from the last three years of intense training, cutting off one of Gero's hands. Future Trunks then comes back from the future and arrives on the battle field with the Z Fighters, only to discover that these Androids are not the ones in his future timeline. However, Android 20 manages to escape and the Z Fighters search for him while Gohan flies Bulma, Trunks, and Yajirobe back home to Capsule Corporation. Dr. Gero makes it back to his lab and activates two of his more powerful creations, Android 17 and Android 18. However, the Androids rebel and kill Dr. Gero and proceeded to activate another android, Android 16, whose sole purpose is to kill Goku. The Z Fighters battle the new Androids, only to be badly beaten as the Androids fly away to find and kill Goku.
"But, if you could actually go back and destroy the Androids in the past, what would happen to the ones that are already here? In our present I mean. Would they all just, disappear or something? Or, would it be more like they, well, like they never existed?"
When the Z Fighters are in an airplane with a weakened Goku, flying away from the Androids, Gohan and Future Trunks leave and meet with Bulma to investigate an old time machine that was used to travel to the past. The time machine is covered in moss and has a large hole at the top. In there, they find a large egg shell split in half, but can not get any conclusions from it. Then, Gohan finds some thing unusual in the distance: the skin of a huge bug (later known as the android, Cell). Bulma takes the shell with her to do some more investigating.
After Goku is cured from the heart virus, he takes Gohan, Future Trunks, and Vegeta up at Kami's Lookout, where they are shown by Mr. Popo a special room up at Kami's Lookout, known as the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, in preparation for a new threat: Cell. In the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Future Trunks and Vegeta both enter the room first for the whole day while Goku and Gohan wait and sense that Piccolo (now fused with Kami and returned to the original nameless Namekian) is fighting against the Androids. Gohan tries to go down to Earth and help Piccolo, but Goku does not let him go and explains he is not strong enough and will only get in Piccolo's way. Goku tells Gohan as soon as they get their training done, they will go down to Earth and help Piccolo.
"NO!!! I can't just sit here and do nothing, I'm going down there! Got it!? I'm done waiting!"
Later, when Piccolo was nearly killed by a powered-up Imperfect Cell, who arrived on the battle field between Piccolo and Android 17, Goku and Gohan sense Piccolo's energy disappear. Believing his mentor to be dead, an enraged Gohan tries to go down to Earth, but is held and calmed down by Goku. Still angered, Gohan flies up into the air and tries to escape from the Lookout, but is punched down to the ground by Goku. As Mr. Popo rushes to help him, he explains to Gohan that Goku is hurting inside too and is even more angry than Gohan about Piccolo's near death. Gohan and Goku apologize to each other for their actions, and Goku promises that he will not let Piccolo's sacrifice be in vain.
"I've gotta be strong! Everyone's counting on me, I can't let them down! Like against the Saiyans... or the Ginyu Force, or Frieza. Whenever my friends needed me most I was always too weak or too scared to help them. I've been letting them down my whole life!"
After Cell absorbs Android 17 and achieved his Semi-Perfect form, he is about to set his sights on Android 18 when Tien Shinhan arrives and attacks Cell with his Neo Tri-Beam, allowing Android 18 and Android 16 (who was injured by Semi-Perfect Cell) to escape. Goku and Gohan sense Tien's energy decreasing and he finally collapses from exhaustion. Just before Semi-Perfect Cell can kill Tien, Goku uses Instant Transmission to appear on the battle field. He grabs the barely alive Tien and Piccolo and teleports back to the Lookout, where they are fully healed with a Senzu Bean. Piccolo explains that despite their best efforts against Semi-Perfect Cell, they proved useless.
At that moment, Mr. Popo interrupts and brings the group to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, where Future Trunks and Vegeta emerge stronger than ever. They are given new Saiyan armor by Bulma (who by this time already arrived) and fly down to the Earth to confront Semi-Perfect Cell. While Vegeta and Future Trunks fight Semi-Perfect Cell, Goku and Gohan enter and train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber while wearing some new Saiyan armor made by Bulma. In the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Gohan struggles to transform into a Super Saiyan. Goku informs him that to become a Super Saiyan, it must come in response to a need, not a desire. Gohan realizes the only way to become a Super Saiyan is for his father to fight him at full power. Hesitantly, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and fires a powerful Kamehameha at Gohan. Gohan blocks the attack and thinks about all the other times he was not able to help his friends whenever they were in danger while his friends helped him out if he was in danger. Thinking about this, Gohan becomes overwhelmed with rage, allowing him to transform into a Super Saiyan and fire the Kamehameha back at Goku, who dodges the attack and tells his son to focus his energy, making him return to his base form. Goku tells Gohan they can take a break and even gives his son a haircut.
Later, Gohan again transforms into his Super Saiyan form and trains while Goku sits down and watches his son's training in his Super Saiyan form improve. Gohan gets tired and transforms back into his base form when Goku demonstrates the second and third grade forms (which are the forms that Vegeta and Future Trunks are using against Cell, who by this time had achieved his perfect form by absorbing Android 18).
Seeing this incredible strength and power, Gohan is sure Goku can beat Cell, but Goku says he can not. He explains that because his muscles are now bulky, they slow down his speed, which is obviously important in the fight with Cell. Goku tells Gohan that transforming into a Super Saiyan takes a great deal of energy, but they need all the Super Saiyan energy they can get. Goku comes up with a plan to transform into a Super Saiyan Full Power, so he tells Gohan to try and stay transformed as a Super Saiyan for the whole day when it starts to feel normal.
At some point during their training, Goku prepared to call it a day, but then Gohan then manages to surprise Goku by transforming into an unprecedented Super Saiyan form before collapsing from exhaustion. Although Gohan does not remember it due to the strain of this initial transformation, it ended up being the catalyst that caused Goku to realize that, should Cell achieve his perfect form, Gohan is the only one of the Z-Fighters, including Goku himself, who would stand any chance at defeating Cell in even that state.
With their training finally completed, Gohan and Goku emerge from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber as Super Saiyan Full Powers. As Goku and Gohan are eating food made by Mr. Popo (because they do not really know how to cook when they were in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber), Future Trunks, after being defeated by Perfect Cell along with his father Vegeta, tells them that Perfect Cell is hosting a tournament for the Earth's strongest warriors called the Cell Games, to which Goku thinks of it as an interesting challenge. While Goku wears his trademark orange and blue clothes for the tournament, Gohan asks Piccolo for a copy of his uniform, since he was his first mentor. Piccolo conjures up a uniform similar to his for Gohan, who happily appreciates the new outfit.
Goku pays Perfect Cell a visit using Instant Transmission, and after returning, he claims he is no match for the android. Piccolo suggests they can still go in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for extra training. However, Goku declines and says that he and Gohan can train outside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, greatly surprising everyone. Goku and Gohan leave the Lookout, (after Goku and Gohan show Korin and Yajirobe their new power) and arrive at the Kame House to pick up Chi-Chi so they can go home. Gohan asks his father if they have a chance of beating Cell if they spend the next nine days resting and training outside. Goku laughs and says they do not have to worry about it now, since they have nine days to relax. Gohan and Goku go inside and meet everyone else (at one point, Oolong and Puar even say that Gohan has, "buffed up.") However, when Chi-Chi sees Goku and Gohan, she freaks out and exclaims that Gohan has become a hair-dyeing punk.
In a filler episode, Gohan flies to a village called Chazke Village to run a shopping errand for his mother. He meets Lime and Mr. Lao there, and later encounters one of his father's deadliest enemies in his childhood: Mercenary Tao, rebuilt as a cyborg. Taken over by panic and shock at discovering Gohan is Goku's son, Mercenary Tao flies away on a tree. Goku arrives and he and Gohan are given the groceries by Mr. Lao, who encourages them that they can defeat Cell. Gohan and Goku say their goodbyes to Mr. Lao and Lime and fly back home.
In another filler, Gohan has his 11th birthday and all of his other memories are revealed. One of his memories include Goku, Chi-Chi, and the Ox-King discussing a name for their newborn son. However, when they mention Grandpa Gohan, Goku's deceased adoptive grandfather, they discover the baby laughs at the name, "Gohan." Seeing as the baby likes the name, "Gohan", Goku, Chi-Chi, and Ox-King name the baby, "Gohan." In another flashback Goku, Chi-Chi, and Gohan are walking in the woods when they look up in a tree at a bird family. However, Goku accidentally lets go of Gohan's stroller, causing Gohan to zoom violently down the hill while Goku and Chi-Chi run for their lives after their crying son. The stroller jumps over a ravine and heads for a tree where it crashes and breaks. The crying Gohan is about to smash into the tree, but he stops crying and uses his hidden power to smash through the tree without injury. Goku catches Gohan on the other side of the tree and he laughs, ending the flashback.
Gohan, Goku, and Krillin return home, where they, along with Chi-Chi and Ox-King, celebrate Gohan's 11th birthday. Before he blows out the candles, Gohan makes a wish in his mind. He wishes he would have enough strength to defeat Cell so his family would live in peace. However, when Gohan blows out the candles, he accidentally ends up blowing the cake everywhere on everybody's face. Chi-Chi says a boy would get severely punished for trashing his birthday cake. However, Chi-Chi's mood changes to happy and she says he can not help it because he is Goku's son, to which everyone joyfully laughs.
"Look. I'm giving you the chance to end this without violence. I really don't want to kill you. Even if you are evil, you can still walk away. I'm not interested in fighting you just for the challenge, my Dad's the one who cares about that stuff..."
Finally, ten days have passed and the Z Fighters arrive at the Cell Games for the battle against Perfect Cell. Goku is the first Z Fighter to battle against Perfect Cell and matches the monster blow for blow. To everyone's surprise, Goku forfeits the battle against Perfect Cell after using the Instant Kamehameha (a combination of the Instant Transmission and Kamehameha) which left him and Cell drained. Goku then chooses Gohan to fight Perfect Cell in his place. Gohan states Goku and Cell's battle was not hard to keep up with, leading to the conclusion that Gohan was possibly stronger than Goku, who was fighting at full power.
Gohan powers up to the point where his power exceeds even Goku's and reluctantly fights Perfect Cell. As the battle occurs, Gohan does not have the same fighting spirit as his father nor does he have the desire to kill, thus allowing Perfect Cell to gain the upper hand. Gohan tells Cell that once he becomes enraged, his hidden power is unleashed, referring to when he attacked Raditz, when he was in training with Piccolo, and when he was fighting Frieza. Gohan did not wish to see this power unleashed, much to Perfect Cell's chagrin. Believing he could see this hidden power, Perfect Cell began smacking Gohan around to get him angry. Gohan finally gets a little angry and kicks Perfect Cell in the face, giving him a bloody lip and fueling his desire to see Gohan's hidden power. When things start to get dangerous, Android 16 sneaks up behind Perfect Cell and gives him a bear hug, attempting to self-destruct and take the monster with him. However, Krillin reveals to Android 16 that Bulma and her father removed the self-destruct bomb, allowing Perfect Cell to break free and blast Android 16 to bits, much to the horror of the Z Fighters. However, the android's head is left still intact and rolls over to Mr. Satan and his gang, who were hiding and watching the fight.
"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."
Perfect Cell then creates seven Cell Juniors and has them attack the Z Fighters. Gohan watches in horror and becomes angry as his friends are mercilessly beaten by the Cell Jrs. Meanwhile, the head of Android 16 convinces Mr. Satan to throw his head to where Gohan and Perfect Cell are so that he may help Gohan. Now in Gohan's sight, Android 16 tells Gohan to not be afraid of releasing his anger and that it was okay to fight if he wants to protect the people and world he loved. Finally, 16 said to Gohan to drop his restraints and let it go because he has enough power and strength to defeat Perfect Cell. With Android 16's final words, Perfect Cell crushes Android 16's head, ending the peaceful android's life. Touched by Android 16's final words and enraged by the peaceful android's death, Gohan's rage reaches its limits and transforms him into a new level, Super Saiyan 2.
Now in his new anger-fueled state, Gohan says to Perfect Cell stating that he will never forget what he has done. He approaches the android and quickly snatches the Senzu Beans that Perfect Cell stole from Krillin. Gohan disappears as Cell tries to grab them back and appears in front of a Cell Jr., showing new amounts of speed. The Cell Jr. attempts to strike Gohan, only to be easily killed by the enraged young Saiyan. Gohan moves so fast that it appears that he has teleported to where Krillin is held captive by two of the Cell Jrs., something that Future Trunks realizes about Gohan increasing his strength and power without losing speed. Gohan rescues Krillin and kills another of the Cell Jrs. Seeing this new incredible power that Goku spoke of earlier, Perfect Cell orders all of the Cell Jrs. to take on Gohan all at once; however, Gohan easily kills all of Cell Jrs. without mercy, much to the amazement and shock of everyone, including Perfect Cell. After Gohan gives the stolen Senzu Beans to Future Trunks to heal the Z Fighters, he proceeds to challenge Perfect Cell.
As the Z Fighters are healed by the Senzu Beans and get to a safe distance, Gohan battles Perfect Cell and gains the upper hand against the android. Perfect Cell unleashes his maximum power and punches Gohan hard in the face. However, Gohan is barely fazed by Perfect Cell's blow and counterattacks with two powerful punches to his stomach and face, severely injuring the Android. Perfect Cell fires attacks used by some of the Z Fighters, including the Destructo Disc, Special Beam Cannon, and Scatter Shot at Gohan, who easily brushes through the attacks. Gohan tells Perfect Cell that he should not have pushed him and because of that, he is going to destroy him.
Perfect Cell flies up high into the air and fires a massive Kamehameha down at Gohan in an attempt to destroy the entire Earth. However, just as the huge energy beam is about to hit the Earth, Gohan counterattacks with a bigger and more powerful Kamehameha, overpowering Perfect Cell's Kamehameha and destroying the android's legs, left arm, and the two straight sections on top of his head. Goku yells for Gohan to finish off Cell before he regenerates, but Gohan, still enraged at Perfect Cell's actions, refuses and wants Cell to suffer before he kills him. As Goku predicted, the enraged Cell regenerates and transforms into his Power Weighted form but even with his enormous power, he is unable to hit Gohan, making the same mistake Future Trunks made ten days ago. After Gohan dodges Cell's punches, he delivered two powerful kicks to Perfect Cell's face and stomach, making him regurgitate Android 18 and transform back into his Semi-Perfect form.
In a fit of anger and desperation, Semi-Perfect Cell began a Self Destruction technique, planning to blow himself up along with the Earth. Gohan attempts to attack the self-destructing Semi-Perfect Cell, but the android replies that if he is hit, he will immediately explode. Hearing this, Gohan realizes that there is no way that he can save the Earth and blames himself for not finishing Cell off sooner. However, at the last second, Goku uses instant-transmission to transport in front of Semi-Perfect Cell. Goku tells Gohan how proud he is of his son for putting up a good fight and to look after Chi-Chi. After a heart-felt goodbye to his son, Goku transports Cell away from Earth to King Kai's planet where Semi-Perfect Cell finally explodes, destroying the planet and killing Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory in the process. Back on Earth, Gohan and the other Z Fighters mourn Goku's noble sacrifice. Realizing how cocky and arrogant he was, Gohan cries and blames himself for his father's death while Krillin tries to comfort him.
However, unknown to the Z Fighters, Cell survives the explosion, regenerating from a lone cell in his core. Doing this effectively raised his power higher due to the Saiyan genes he absorbed from Goku and Vegeta, and he also learned Goku's Instant Transmission technique, which he used to head back to Earth. As his first act of return, Super Perfect Cell kills Future Trunks with one blast in front of the shocked Z Fighters. Gohan was in fact pleased to see Super Perfect Cell had returned, hoping to defeat the android so he could avenge his father. Enraged by his son's death, Vegeta in a fit of fury and rage, transformed into to a Super Saiyan and attacked Super Perfect Cell with a powerful barrage of energy blasts. However, as the dust clears, Super Perfect Cell emerges from the blast, unharmed, and smacks Vegeta aside to the ground and fires a powerful blast at the Saiyan prince. Gohan jumps in front of the unconscious Vegeta and takes the full-force of Super Perfect Cell's attack, costing him the use of his left arm and most of his power drained.
Wanting to end the conflict, Super Perfect Cell prepares a massive Kamehameha to destroy Gohan, who loses all hope after having his left arm broken and seeing how much more powerful Super Perfect Cell is now. However, at that moment, Goku telepathically contacted Gohan with the help of King Kai and encouraged Gohan to believe in his power. When Gohan tells Goku it was all his fault that this happened, Goku reminds him that not only do things like this happen, but if anyone is to blame for it, it is Super Perfect Cell. With new found hope and confidence, Gohan prepares a one-handed Kamehameha with the assistance from Goku's spirit. With their attacks finally charged and ready, Gohan and Super Perfect Cell fire their Kamehameha attacks at each other, resulting in a huge Beam Struggle that knocks away everyone else.
During the Kamehameha duel between Gohan and Super Perfect Cell, Super Perfect Cell has the upper hand against Gohan. However, Gohan, still aided by his father in Other World, is able to charge more of his power into his Kamehameha, seemingly bringing the energy duel to a standstill. The Z Fighters, except for Vegeta, also help out Gohan by blasting Super Perfect Cell, who retaliates by knocking all of them away with his energy, rendering them unable to help Gohan. However, just as Super Perfect Cell is about to destroy Gohan, Vegeta, after regaining his confidence, aims at Super Perfect Cell's head with a small Big Bang Attack, distracting the android. Seeing this opportunity, Gohan (encouraged by Goku) unleashes all the rest of his power into his Kamehameha, completely destroying every cell in Super Perfect Cell's body, dispatching the android once and for all. Having successfully won, Gohan reverts to his normal state and collapses to the ground, breathing heavily and smiling as Goku in Other World expresses how proud he is of his son for finally defeating Super Perfect Cell and saving the world.
Following Super Perfect Cell's defeat, the Z Fighters and Gohan return to Dende's Lookout, where he is healed by Dende. With the newly recreated Dragon Balls, they summon Shenron and wish for all of Cell's victims to be revived. However, Goku does not come back and telepathically contacts the Z Fighters on the Lookout. Goku tells them not to revive him and explains that he seemed to attract evil villains that were after him, so the Earth would be safer if he was not there. He also said that Gohan had greatly surpassed him and if there were any other threats, Gohan would be there to defend the Earth. With the conversation over, Gohan and the Z Fighters say their goodbyes to Goku and to each other before leaving Kami's Lookout and going their separate ways, leaving the Earth safe once more.
Majin Buu Saga
"Guardian of the city, I am the one and only... Great Saiyaman!"
Seven years after the events of the Cell Games, Gohan lives at home with his mother and his seven-year-old brother named Goten, born just after the Cell Games. His training has taken a backseat to his studies and his strength has decreased overtime, although he can still compete with Goku and Vegeta, who have trained hard in those years. Chi-Chi decides Gohan needs to attend high school in order to pursue higher education, so she sends him to Orange Star High School in Satan City. On his first day in the city, he turns Super Saiyan (in order to conceal his identity) to stop a robbery, and by the time he arrives at Orange Star High tales of the newest hero, "Gold Fighter", have already spread (which name was actually given to him after two previous incidents while going to the school to take entrance exams). In class, he meets another crime-fighter and the most popular girl in school, Videl. She is the daughter of Mr. Satan, who got rich and famous for stealing Gohan's credit over the defeat of Cell. While at school, Gohan also had to be careful not to reveal his true power.
Videl is highly suspicious of Gohan and spies on him to see if he is really the Gold Fighter. Videl confronts Gohan several times to voice her suspicions, but Gohan nervously denies them. Gohan decides to use a disguise when fighting crime and goes to Bulma to make him a costume. He becomes the Great Saiyaman to hide his identity so that the media will not bother his family. However, while trying to convince Videl to let him return a stolen pterodactyl baby to its two pterodactyl parents, he accidentally reveals his identity to Videl, who then blackmails Gohan to compete against her in the newly revived World Martial Arts Tournament in exchange for her silence. Gohan, having no experience with kids his own age, especially girls, is helpless against the confident Videl, who makes him promise to teach her how to fly.
When Gohan tells Bulma about the tournament, Goku, listening in from the Other World, contacts them and tells them he'll compete too, using his one-day pass to the human world. Hearing this, Vegeta also decides to compete. To make it more interesting, and to give them a chance to meet Goku again, Gohan tells all his friends about the tournament, and they all decide to compete. While Gohan trains with Goten, he is shocked to see Goten transform into a Super Saiyan, breaking his record as the youngest Super Saiyan ever, worrying that if he does not train harder, Goten will surpass him.
When Videl shows up at Gohan's home to learn to fly, Gohan learns that she has no knowledge of energy, since her father believes it to be just a trick. Gohan begins training her from scratch, though she picks it up pretty quickly. During his training of Videl as well as his brother Goten, Videl learns more about Gohan and grows closer to him. Also when teaching Videl becomes a great flyer, Gohan had thought that Videl was really something special. Despite the relentless teasing from friends (such as Krillin), Videl and Gohan develop a sweet kind of relationship.
"Last chance for requests! Do you just want to see just a Super Saiyan? Or should I take it up to the next level!?"
As the Z Fighters arrive at the World Tournament, Goku, who had been in Other World training for the last seven years, arrives on Earth and after an emotional greeting by Gohan, meets his second son, Goten. As the tournament occurs, the Z Fighters easily brush through their matches. Later, however, when Videl fights Spopovich, she is nearly beaten to death by the large brute. Gohan watches in anger as his friend horribly suffers at the hands of the ruthless Spopovich. Finally, having seen enough, Gohan turns Super Saiyan and tries to save Videl from Spopovich, but before he can, Yamu interrupts and tells for Spopovich to finish the match because they have much more important things in the matter. Spopovich kicks Videl out of the ring and leaves with Yamu, but not before being told by the angry Gohan that he will win the next time they fight.
After rushing Videl to the hospital and giving her a Senzu Bean to heal, Gohan returned to the tournament and found himself set up to fight Kibito. In order for Shin and Kibito to find Babidi's spaceship, they are forced into tricking Gohan into turning into a Super Saiyan. However, Gohan states that there is a level beyond a Super Saiyan and transforms into his Super Saiyan 2 form, shocking the audience, while revealing that he was the mysterious Gold Fighter. At that moment, Yamu and Spopovich jump into the ring and Shin paralyzes Gohan when he is about to attack. Yamu and Spopovich steal Gohan's energy, reverting him back to his normal state, and fly off, with Shin and the other Z Fighters in pursuit. Kibito heals Gohan, restoring his energy and explains they are going after Spopovich and Yamu to find Babidi's spaceship. Gohan and Kibito, along with Videl, fly away to meet up with the Z Fighters.
"Come on, Dabura! Show your true power, you can't win at this rate!"
After flying for a time, Videl gets tired and decides to head back to the World Tournament, seeing as the opponent they are going to face is too powerful for her. However, before leaving, she and Gohan have a conversation about the identity of the Gold Fighter, who is actually Gohan. Figuring this out, Videl comes to the conclusion that seven years ago during the Cell Games, Gohan was the golden-haired boy who had defeated Super Perfect Cell, not Mr. Satan. Gohan and Videl say goodbye to each other and Videl promises that she is not through with him yet, indicating that she has fallen for him.
Gohan and Kibito later catch up with Shin and the Z Fighters at Babidi's spaceship. They hide and secretly watch as Yamu and Spopovich give the energy to the evil wizard Babidi, who retaliates by killing them. Dabura and Babidi realize the Z Fighters are nearby and decide to steal their energy by killing the weaker fighters and luring them into the spaceship. Dabura flies up to the Z Fighters and kills Kibito with a Evil Impulse blast at point blank range. After a brief fight, Dabura spits on Krillin and Piccolo, turning them to stone, and flies back to the spaceship, with Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, and a reluctant Shin following behind.
When they get inside the spaceship, they are told they must defeat the three fighters if they want to destroy Babidi. The first fighter, Pui Pui, appears and fights against Vegeta, only to be easily killed when the Saiyan prince fires a powerful energy blast on Pui Pui's chest. Goku is the next to fight against Yakon, the second fighter, who has the ability to absorb energy. However, Goku manages to kill him by making him absorb too much of his energy, causing Yakon to explode. With the two fighters defeated, Gohan fights against the last and strongest of Babidi's fighters, Dabura in a mountain area. At first, Gohan is fighting a little rusty against Dabura due to not training during the seven years after the Cell Games, but after transforming into his Super Saiyan form, Gohan manages to fight evenly with the Demon King. However, it is revealed by Goku and Vegeta that Gohan had a lot more power when he faced Cell seven years earlier. Vegeta becomes disgraced with Gohan's lack of motivation and expresses his frustration, believing Gohan to have peaked in power. Dabura notices Vegeta's frustration and stops the fight with Gohan to report his findings to Babidi.
Soon after the fight, Vegeta's mind is taken over Babidi's magic, transforming him into Majin Vegeta thus releasing the evil in his heart. Babidi transports them to the World Tournament arena, where Majin Vegeta destroys parts of the stadium, killing many people to convince Goku to fight him. Goku agrees and they are transported to a desert area. Before leaving with Shin to stop Babidi, Gohan is given a Senzu Bean by Goku, who tells him to remember about the people he is fighting for and how much he cares about them and let that be his weapon. Gohan says goodbye to Goku as he and Shin head down Babidi's spaceship to confront the evil wizard, while Goku and Majin Vegeta fight their intense battle.
"But there's people I care about! And this time around, I'm not gonna just stand by and let them all get hurt!"
After easily defeating many weak henchmen, Gohan and Shin make it to the bottom of the ship where the Sealed Ball containing Majin Buu is. Babidi and Dabura appear and prepare to release the Majin from the ball. Shin orders Gohan to retreat and wait for the others to think of a way to defeat Majin Buu, but Gohan, remembering his father's words, refuses and says he needs to protect the people he cares about. Gohan powers up and fires an Electric Kamehameha one after another attempting to destroy the cocoon and Majin Buu along with it, but the cocoon is unaffected. The cocoon finally stops steaming and hatches, but nothing is inside. However, only Gohan knows that something did come out of the cocoon, and it was forming something up into the sky. The steam that erupted from the cocoon forms into a pink, fat creature: Majin Buu.
Despite his best efforts to protect Shin from Majin Buu, Gohan is left nearly killed after Majin Buu fires a devastating attack that blasts him up into the sky. The weakened Shin uses his psychic powers to destroy the attack and Gohan ends up falling down into a nearby forest, unconscious and severely beaten. Fortunately, when Kibito is brought back to life by the Dragon Balls he locates and heals Shin. They eventually find Gohan in the forest and bring him to the Supreme Kai Planet to be healed. After being revived, Gohan is then told he was brought to the Kai Planet to pull out the legendary Z Sword to defeat Majin Buu. At first, Gohan has trouble pulling the Z Sword out, but after transforming into a Super Saiyan 2, he manages to pull it out.
During his training with the Z Sword, Gohan reunites with his father Goku, who has returned from Earth where he transformed into Super Saiyan 3 to fight Majin Buu. Goku is surprised to see that his son is still alive and discovers Shin was behind this. Seeing Gohan's excellent progress with the Z Sword, Goku decides to test its strength by throwing a huge boulder, which Gohan easily slices in half. Supreme Kai summons a large cube of Katchin, the densest metal in the universe, to test if Gohan can slice through it. However, when Goku throws the Katchin at Gohan, the Z Sword snaps in two and from the broken sword emerges Old Kai, who tells them that he will fully unlock Gohan's latent potential in a ritual.
"Fight you? No, I wanna kill you."
As Goku, Shin, and Kibito observe what is happening down on Earth, Gohan grows increasingly impatient as Old Kai reads and laughs at comics instead of unlocking his power. Gohan soon loses his patience and angrily powers up, displaying an amazing power that illuminates the Supreme Kai planet. However, amazed at realizing that some of his power really was unlocked, Gohan apologizes to Old Kai, and resumes the ritual. After some time, the ritual is finally completed and Gohan is told to power up like he does for the Super Saiyan transformation; however, when he does, his appearance does not change, but his power and strength gain an awesome increase. Gohan says goodbye to Shin, Old Kai, and his father Goku and is transported back to Earth by Kibito. Before Kibito transports back to the Supreme Kai planet, Gohan asks for the clothes reminiscent of his father's, to which Kibito happily complies. Kibito wishes Gohan good luck and transports back to the Supreme Kai planet. With his power finally released and the fate of the world now in his hands, Gohan flies off to confront the new Majin Buu: Super Buu.
Gohan arrives on the battlefield where he finds Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, who reveal that all of their friends and family were killed and eaten by Super Buu. Gohan is angry about this at first, until he senses Dende's faint energy signature. Gohan powers up and completely outclasses Super Buu, much to the shock of Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo. No matter how much he tries, Super Buu is unable to land any damage on Gohan, who easily dodges and blocks all of the monster's strongest attacks. In an act of desperation, Super Buu attempts to self-destruct and take Gohan with him, but Gohan sees through this and grabs and flies away with Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks before they are all caught in the explosion.
After getting to a safe distance, Gohan explains to Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo how he had become very powerful through Old Kai's magic ritual. Gohan and the others sense Dende's weak life force and decide to fly after him before Super Buu does. Along the way, they meet up and rescue an exhausted Mr. Satan and his adopted dog, Bee, who were strolling around in the desert. They finally locate Dende, who explains to them that he was thrown off of the Lookout by Mr. Popo before he could be hit by Super Buu's Chocolate Beam. After the hour is up, Super Buu arrives and challenges Goten and Trunks to fight him again for a rematch, which the boys agree on and fuse into Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks. At that moment, however, Super Buu absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, resulting in a massive increase of mental and physical strength.
"I'm tougher than Gotenks and smarter than Piccolo. So I guess the only thing you have to worry about is if I'm stronger than you."
As the battle begins, Gohan manages to fight evenly with the new Super Buu until Buu starts playing mind games with Gohan. Once Gohan gets frustrated, Buu begins thrashing Gohan, all the while using Piccolo's intelligence to continue playing mind games and further torment Gohan. When he remarks that Dende is healing Gohan's injuries, Buu attacks Dende. Tien Shinhan soon joins the fight, saving Dende and Mr. Satan, but Super Buu quickly defeats him with one kick and prepares an attack capable of destroying the entire Earth. At the last second, however, Goku (after receiving Potara Earrings from Old Kai) appears and slices Super Buu in half. Goku throws one earring to Gohan, but Gohan fails to catch it and Goku is forced to transform into his Super Saiyan 3 form to stall Super Buu, while Gohan searches for the earring. He manages to find the earring, but since Gotenks defused inside of Super Buu, which caused his power to decrease, Goku says there is no need for Potara Fusion, seeing as they can easily beat Super Buu now. However, Super Buu manages to absorb Gohan while he is caught off-guard, vastly increasing his power.
Later, Goku and Vegeta (who had fused into Vegito to dominate Super Buu) enter Super Buu's body and escape with Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo. However, this causes Super Buu to undergo a final transformation into his original form – Kid Buu. Gohan is killed when Kid Buu destroys the Earth, but he is soon revived along with the Earth and everyone else by Porunga. When they learn from Vegeta that Goku needs energy for his Super Spirit Bomb, they contribute part of their energy to the Spirit Bomb, but the citizens of Earth are reluctant to give up their energy. However, after Mr. Satan convinces the people to donate their energy, the Super Spirit Bomb is completed, and Goku obliterates Kid Buu once and for all.
Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Main article: Dragon Ball: Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!
Two years after the defeat of Kid Buu, Gohan and his family attend a banquet held by Mr. Satan. During this event, he meets Tarble and Gure, soon after Avo and Cado, who are remnants of the Galactic Frieza Army. While Goten and Trunks are fighting Avo and Cado, he decides to coach them and give them tips while they are fighting.
Dragon Ball Super
Battle of Gods Saga
Main article: Battle of Gods Saga
Some time after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, Gohan is first seen leaving a book store with Videl and wants to become a scholar. He is later seen at his home when Goten and Trunks are giving Videl a wedding gift.
Gohan arrives at Bulma's birthday party with Chi-Chi and Videl. While he was there, he gives Piccolo a copy of their wedding picture, in which he blinks right as the photo was being taken. Gohan takes to serving Bulma a drink while she complains about his father not being in attendance to the party. He spends some private time with Videl away from the others and is introduced to Beerus and Whis following the pair arriving to the party, joining the other attendees in clapping for Beerus and chanting his name. When Mr. Satan was blown away by Majin Buu and Beerus, Gohan and Videl try to help him recover. After Beerus is challenged by Buu, who he defeats effortlessly as well as Gotenks, Gohan decides to get involved and charges Beerus. However, he is knocked out when Beerus hits him with Buu's body.
Goku intervenes before Beerus can destroy the Earth and in the group summoning Shenron, they learn how to create a Super Saiyan God, Gohan joining the other Saiyans in holding hands in an attempt to make Goku into one. When this fails, Beerus tries to destroy Earth again, aiming directly at them prior to Videl intervening despite Gohan attempting to convince her otherwise. After Videl reveals that she is pregnant, Gohan is excited to become a father and arguing to his father that her joining them is their only hope when he ponders if the womb will be enough.
Resurrection ‘F’ Saga
Main article: Resurrection ‘F’ Saga Gohan is cooking for Videl but it turns into a fiasco. Six months later, Gohan's first child has been born and is named Pan. Gohan finally became the scholar he wanted to be. One time, Gohan returned home and wanted to play with Pan as his alter ego Great Saiyaman self but Mr. Satan wanted to play too. They both began tossing Pan around until Chi-Chi interrupted and began yelling at them. Gohan along with Mr. Satan wanted Pan to be a martial artist but she did not want another warrior in the family.
Gohan notices that Goku is trying to leave and go with Whis and train so he tells his mother to try to prevent him from going. When Goku is about to leave, Gohan shows up with Chi-Chi and Goten with him and Gohan argues that Goku needs to train and grow stronger in order to protect the Earth, but Chi-Chi didn't budge to that and was eventually relieved when Chi-Chi abruptly gave into Goku's wishes after he leaves as she knows that he will return when he gets hungry.
Gohan returns home with Videl. They have Piccolo babysit Pan when they're away. By the time of Frieza's revival, Gohan shows up and notices that Piccolo is worried. Piccolo senses power that he can't explain, then Gohan notices it too. Four months later, when Gohan and Piccolo heard news of Frieza's return, they join Master Roshi, Krillin, and Tien Shinhan in the fight against him and his army of 1,000 soldiers.
Gohan tells everyone that Goten and Trunks will not show up due to Bulma's request and they would do something reckless. When Krillin wondered if Buu was going to show up, Gohan says that he won't because he fell asleep and it'll be hard waking him up. Master Roshi asks if Gohan has kept up with his training, he declines but says that he can probably go Super Saiyan. Gohan takes on Frieza's army along with Piccolo, Krillin, Tien Shinhan, Jaco, and Master Roshi.
Gohan challenges Shisami when he approaches. Gohan shoots a barrage of ki blasts while he gets charged at by Shisami then gets caught in a Bear Hug. Gohan isn't struggling while being in the possession of Shisami. He tells him that he has a child and that when a person like him disturbs the peace, he needs to protect them. Before Gohan could attack Shisami, Tagoma shoots a ki blast at them and kills Shisami and critically injures Gohan. Gohan's heart stops beating so Piccolo restarts it by blasting a kiai and was given a Senzu Bean by Krillin.
Tagoma is taken on by Piccolo but when he's in need, Gohan helps Piccolo by shooting a blast at Tagoma to get him away. However, Gohan's blast doesn't hurt Tagoma as his body has endured the pain and suffering from Frieza, making his body steel-like. Gotenks comes out of nowhere and charges Tagoma and hits him in his crotch. Captain Ginyu switches bodies with Tagoma and takes on the Z Fighters with his immense power. They are easily beat by Ginyu with just single punches to everyone. Gohan takes on Captain Ginyu after he switches bodies with Tagoma. Gohan is struggling to fight against Captain Ginyu because he hasn't been training to maintain his power. Gohan transforms into a Super Saiyan and beats Ginyu in several hits but spares him.
Frieza gets furious because Gohan transformed into a Super Saiyan and sparing Ginyu, reminding him of when Goku spared him on Namek and thought it would be fun to torture him to make Goku mad. Gohan is shot numerous times through the arms, legs, stomach and chest with Death Beams, leaving him on the ground, nearly dead. As the fatal Death Beam Frieza shot at Gohan, Piccolo gets in front of the beam and takes it for Gohan, once again dying for him. Devastated, Gohan expresses regret for not training and not even having the power to protect Piccolo and his family, with Krillin comforting Gohan and assuring him that him stop fighting to be with his family is not a bad thing. While Frieza taunts and threatens to also kill Videl and Pan, Gohan vows to stop him at all cost, causing him to power up to his fullest. At this time Bulma manages to contact Whis and inform them of what is happening so Whis gathers Beerus, Goku and Vegeta and attempt to find Earth for Goku however Goku can't sense anyone so Whis shows him a picture of Gohan to assist.
Gohan's rage is building and he stands back up ready to fight Frieza and begins to power up with what little energy he has left. Krillin, Master Roshi, Tien, Goten and Trunks attempt to calm Gohan down saying Goku and Vegeta will be here in a moment but he isn't listening and powers up further. Beerus commends Gohan for being able to put out so much power not knowing he had it in him and says Goku surely has to sense him by now however he isn't, with Vegeta getting annoyed at Goku for not being able to sense Gohan yet. Gohan's rage blows and he powers up to Super Saiyan not only turning the sky black but putting out more than enough power for Goku and Vegeta to sense.
Gohan's body, however, is too injured to go on and his body breaks, dropping him out of Super Saiyan, leaving him dazed and powerless. Frieza laughs and fires a Death Beam at his head however Goku and Vegeta arrive and block the attack for Gohan and Goku catches Gohan. Gohan is disappointed in himself for not being able to save Piccolo and being too weak, however Goku and Vegeta commend him for putting out so much power that they were able to sense him all the way from Beerus's planet and they are proud of him for standing up to the newly empowered Frieza for so long on his own. Goku gives Gohan to Krillin, who brings him back with a Senzu bean. Gohan retreats with Krillin, leaving the battle to Goku.
He then watches the fight between Goku and Frieza and later Vegeta who steps in after Goku is taken out. After Frieza destroys the Earth, Gohan gets protected by Whis, along with the others. Whis undoes time for Goku to able to kill Frieza and send him back to Earth's Hell. After that, Gohan heads back home to see that Videl and Pan are okay then he embraces them and promises to protect them at all costs. He is later seen at a party, with the other Z fighters who participated in the fight and talks to Piccolo as he realized he needs to train and asks Piccolo if he could do so and Piccolo accepts this and tells him to maintain his dull body first.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga
"Will you train me again? This battle made me realize something, in order to protect those who are important to me I need to get more and more powerful"
Sometime after the encounter with Golden Frieza, Gohan has been training with Piccolo in order to regain his lost power. During the training, Piccolo has grown considerably stronger and has become equal to or even surpassed Gohan. One day while they are training, Goku and Vegeta show up to recruit Piccolo to a team for the Universe 6 and 7 Gods of Destruction Selection Martial Arts Competition, but Gohan insists that he should take his place because he wants to show off his new found power. However, after hearing from Goku that the tournament is in four days, Gohan is disappointed because he has to attend an important conference for Videl's benefit and thus, he cannot participate in the tournament.
A few days after the tournament ends, Goku suffers from "Delayed Onset Ki Disorder", due to recklessly using his ki against Hit. Due to not controlling his ki properly, he destroys his house so he, Goten, and Chi Chi move into Gohan's house in Satan City. Gohan and Videl are dressed formally, eating lunch with a professor and his wife, while Piccolo babysits Pan at their house. The professor was impressed with Gohan's presentation at the conference and wants to hire him as his assistant. During the lunch, however, Goku calls Gohan to tell him what happened.
Gohan and Videl later come home to greet Pan. Goku, Goten, Chi Chi, and Piccolo are there. Gohan is surprised that Pan learned a new word, calling Goku "Gramps". Gohan reveals that he turned down the job as the professors assistant, because it would take too much time away from Videl and Pan.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga Gohan is met by Future Trunks during a conference and while having ice cream with him is sized up by Future Trunks as not being of the same power that he once was. Gohan introduces Future Trunks to his family not long after, Gohan having to don his Great Saiyaman guise to retrieve Pan once she starts flying around and finishing his work before stopping a tug-of-war over Future Trunks' sword between his daughter and old friend. Gohan, Future Trunks and Pan go outside, Gohan revealing that he wishes he could be stricter with her but cannot due to his getting "soft" whenever he looks at her. Gohan bids Future Trunks a farewell and realizes that he forgot to ask Future Trunks why he had returned to the past to begin with.
He is later called for a meeting about the situation of Future Trunks' timeline and the true origin of Goku Black being originally the Universe 10 Supreme Kai Gowasu's apprentice Zamasu from the unaltered main timeline. Gohan is horrified to learn that Zamasu swapped body with Goku through the Super Dragon Balls, then destroys the Dragon Balls and killed him, Goten and Chi Chi in that unaltered main timeline, and lastly invades Future Trunks' timeline with the aid from Zamasu of that timeline to cause havoc around humanity and kills all gods around the universe, which is the reason why Future Trunks had to return to the main timeline to warn about this threat.
After Zamasu's demise at cost of sacrificing Future Trunks' universe by Future Zen-Oh, with Future Trunks, Future Mai, including Future Zen-Oh are the only three survivors from their universe, Gohan is seen with Piccolo flying to bid Future Trunks and Future Mai a farewell to find another world safely, with the spitting image of Gohan's future universe counterpart is seen on the present Gohan by Future Trunks.
Following this Gohan partakes in the Universe 7 vs Universe 6 friendly baseball game and fills the role of catcher. Gohan admits to not knowing much about baseball but tells his dad to just throw the ball at him and that should work. Seeing Champa is up first, Beerus instructs Goku to throw the ball as hard as he can. Goku, taking the advice literally, powers up to Super Saiyan Blue and throws the pitch as hard as he can, engulfing the pitch in his godly ki much to Gohan and Champa's shock, leveling half of the playing field. To everyone's shock Gohan actually caught the ball bare handed and emerged from the rubble mostly unharmed, laughing that he almost got vaporized giving Champa his first strike. Later when Gohan is up to bat, Piccolo pulls him aside and instructs him to hit the ball to Magetta. Piccolo tells Gohan that he wasn't present for the tournament but Magetta can't fly. Gohan does as instructed but Botamo and is thrown into the air to catch it, however Champa intervenes and grabs the ball himself and throws it to Yamcha and hits him in the spine however Yamcha landed on 3rd base, making him safe.
Not to long after this Gohan notice his dad Goku acting strange and opts to follow him one day as the Great Saiyanman with Goten. After witnessing his odd behavior Gohan tells Goten he will invite them over to eat tomorrow and confront him on it. After supper where Goku was normal Gohan and Goten confront Goku and Goku tells them someone is out to kill him and they promise not to tell Chi Chi. Piccolo, who was present for dinner notices Gohan is thinking about something and confronts him on it and Gohan comes clean and tell's Piccolo. Piccolo initially not concerned saying that there isn't many who could actually threaten Goku until they both feel Goku's ki disappear. Both instantly realize Goku has turned Super Saiyan Blue and the situation is serious and head of to help Goku. Gohan tells Goten to stay but Goten protests saying he can help and isn't useless. Gohan relents and allows Goten to come along. When they catch up to Goku they find his dead corpse on the ground. Initally sad Piccolo throws Goten aside and begins CPR but isn't working. Gohan sensing something looks up and notices a giant ki blast falling back to Earth at Goku and has everyone move. It is revealed that Goku fired the blast at himself to revive himself after he died. Goku tells them to get away and Hit is here for them. Gohan and the others leave Goku to confront Hit alone but return with Chi Chi later as Piccolo reveals Chi Chi forced them to tell her.
A few weeks later Gohan hears of a Great Saiyaman Movie where he is to battle Mr. Satan, but instead of having Gohan play the role, the film studio got Barry Kahn, a world famous actor, to play the role. Gohan heads to the set with Videl and Mr. Satan and Pan and meet's Barry who tries to hit on Videl but Videl turns him down harshly and walks away with Gohan. Barry quickly covers for himself as camera's were present. Barry's ego and vanity causes him to change much of the film to make it much more action packed, with stunts that were impossible and fatal for ordinary people to perform so Gohan sneaks into the stunt double's room in his Great Saiyaman outfit and convinces the stunt double to leave it to the real Saiyaman. Due to the extreme amount of changes Barry made to the script Gohan ended up acting majority of the film with Barry barely doing anything. As the filming progressed and Gohan keep performing these normally fatal and dangerous stunts effortlessly he kept gaining more and more attention, with Barry becoming more and more jealous of him, even with the film's love interest starting to fall for Gohan. During the filming a bank robbery takes place and Gohan in Great Saiyaman gear actually flies away to go and take care of it, leaving some of the crew to wonder if it really is the true Great Saiyaman. Krillin initially confronts the robbers but is taken out by Gohan entering the bank. The robbers recognize Great Saiyaman when a parasite the Jaco has been chasing attaches itself to one of the robbers, causing him to bulk up and slap the other through a wall and attack Gohan. While initially taken aback by what was happening Gohan at first fell back effortlessly dodging the rapid fire punches and kicks but tells him not to get cocky and levels him with one kick and prepares to finish them off with a Kamehameha but thinks twice about it not wanting to attract attention to himself for using a world wide known move and instead creates a new attack on the spot a orange finger beam he quickly names "The Great Saiyaman Beam." Afterwords Krillin confronts Gohan about being there calling him by name but Gohan protests and calls himself the Great Saiyaman. Krillin relents and plays along, asking him how does his wife allow Gohan to dress so stupidly at his age. Gohan proudly proclaims Videl think's it is cool and supports him 100% and goes back to posing and while posing notices the parasite slide into the sewer.The news cover the story but Barry quickly swoops in and claims it was a publicity stunt for the film and the Great Saiyaman isn't working on the film as he is a washed up has been hero who needs someone like him to give him some spot light, much to Gohan's annoyance who is talking to Hercule about it. During the conversation the films love interest catches Gohan unmasked. Gohan worried about his job now is releaved when she says that she doesn't care and finds it cool that he is just a normal person under neath the helmet and asks Gohan to fly her home like in the film so she can see things from his point of view. Gohan while hesitant at 1st, Hercule convinces him to do so and he will distract Videl. While flying her home Jaco, believing Gohan is infected with the parasite fires his Super Elite Cannon at Gohan and Gohan dodges it landing on Jaco's ship telling him to stop. They land and Jaco explains what he is after, a parasite named Watagash who brings out the evil in people's hearts. The more hatred they have the stronger the result. After this Gohan runs Cocoa home and they practice the film lines. During the practice Cocoa breaks down and has a flashback to Barry who is blackmailing her to keep Gohan in her apartment all night so the paparzite can get photos of her and Gohan together as revenge for Gohan and Videl standing them up. While Cocoa doesn't tell Gohan she closes the blinds after Gohan re motivates her and they head up to the roof where they practice all night. After they are done Cocoa tells Gohan her apartment is dangerous and she kisses him. Gohan nervous flies off quickly but not before Barry gets several photos of them. Gohan heads back home and is greeted by Videl, who was under the impression that Gohan was doing a late night filming. Gohan opting to go along with it says ya and before they can eat Barry arrives at there house and attempts to Blackmail Gohan and Videl with the photos he took. Videl enraged at Barry she calls him pathetic and lacking in self confidence saying that Gohan has a reason for doing what he was doing and trusts him. His coincidence restored Gohan tells Barry to leave. Barry attempts to intimidate Gohan but Gohan blasts him into a wall with a weak Kiai and angrily demands he leaves now . Outside Barry is enraged he got embarrased and beat up by Gohan when Watagash infects him. Barry with his new power sneak attacks Gohan and Videl. Gohan shoves Videl aside and takes the sneak attack which knocks him out cold. When he comes around he notice Pan is missing with a message written into the wall telling him to come to the TV station. Enraged Gohan heads off instantly and confronts Barry, who has been gaining a lot of media attention on top of the studio with Pan, who isn't scared but amused. Barry mocks Gohan asking him to do a cheesy catch phrase for him but Gohan instead charges him and unloads on Barry and overwhelms him and knocks him transforming body to the ground. Barry now unrecognizable continues to power up due to his hatred while Videl arrives to get Pan along with the Director and a film crew with Cocoa to record and watch the fight. Barry now larger then a skyscraper attacks Gohan and Gohan realizes that Barry is far faster then he is, appearing to actually teleport and knocks Gohan around for a bit. Gohan attempts to keep up for a time but is eventually caught and crushed in Barry's hands and blasted into space with a massive eye beam. Cocoa believing Gohan to be dead begins to cry but Videl tells her to be quite and explains that she and Pan believe in him. Videl continues that to her Gohan is a invincible SuperHero who can never be beaten and Gohan would never allow himself to lose in front of her. Together with Pan, Videl and Pan call out to Gohan who is floating above the clouds injured from the blast. Hearing Pan Gohan regains the will to fight and reminds himself he will never lose for Pan no matter what and powers up to Super Saiyan and flies back down, with the Director calling the form "Super Great Saiayman." Not wasting time Gohan begins to charge up a Super Kamehameha while Barry charges up a even larger Eye Beam and fires it. Gohan fires his attack, calling it the "Super Great Saiyaman Beam" and effortlessly plows through Barry's attack and nearly kills him defeating Watagash and Barry leading to Jaco coming and and recapturing Watagash. Gohan instinctively begins to pose in Saiyaman style and mouths off to Barry's unconscious body he was holding back on him. After his posing Gohan comes back down and apologizes to Videl for making her worry. The Director was able to work the battle as the final scene of the film and the film is overwhelmingly positive by the public. A heavily injured Barry is present but a shell of his former vain self, With Hercule speaking over him and Cocoa actually blackmailing Barry telling him that if he reveals that Gohan is the Great Saiyaman he will use the proof Gohan gave her to show the public that Barry was the monster who attacked the city. At the screening of the film, Goten is once again overjoyed about the Great Saiyaman wanting to use the Super Great Saiyaman Beam as his new attack with Chi Chi proud of Gohan. Goku also present reveals he is proud as well but fell asleep during the film as he likes to be in fights not watching fights. Chi Chi attacks Goku and begins to berate him while Videl and Pand smile at Gohan. This ultimately leads to Goku and Gohan as the Great Saiyaman engaging in a intense fight in the desert with Gohan being able to keep up with his dad.
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
Ten years later after Kid Buu's defeat, Gohan has finally become a scholar, married Videl and had a daughter named Pan. At the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku participates and fights Uub, the reincarnation of Kid Buu. After an equal battle, Goku takes in Uub as his student to train him and better control his power. Goku bids farewell to Gohan and the others before Goku and Uub fly away to Uub's village.
Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
"So they caught you off guard right?"
Five years after Goku meets Uub, Gohan is employed by Bulma's company as a researcher and, like Trunks, he rarely trains, though apparently, even in the Earth's peaceful time he has not neglected his training. He now is more concerned about being a good husband and father. He is one of the first to learn about Goku's transformation back into a child thanks to a wish made to the Black Star Dragon Balls by Emperor Pilaf. They all soon learn that if the Black Star Dragon Balls are not collected and brought back to Earth within a year's time, the planet will explode.
Gohan, along with the help of Bulma and Videl, works on the spaceship used for Goku, Trunks, and Goten (later replaced by his daughter Pan) to go hunt the Black Star Dragon Balls. Even though he had apparently stopped with his training, he was still far stronger than most of his allies, including Trunks and Goten. He was arguably the closest to Goku and Vegeta's league in strength with Uub and Mr. Buu following in close pursuit.
Main article: Baby Saga
"My mother can overreact some, which is why I didn't say anything earlier. So what have you done with my brother?"
Gohan is later seen again visiting his mother and brother at Capsule Corp. with Videl. They tell Chi-Chi that Goten got into a fight somewhere (with Baby) over at Satan City. Goten returns shortly after, now under the control of Baby. Baby immediately realizes that Gohan is stronger than Goten and could be a little more sufficient body to help him infect Vegeta. Gohan also realizes something is not right with his brother. They two get into a little fight and decide to settle at a remote location. Baby-possessed Goten immediately plays the offensive against Gohan, trying to force him to power up (making it easier for him to takeover Gohan's body). Gohan refuses to do so, realizing that if he uses enough energy, he could hurt Goten. Baby-possessed Goten then powers up to full strength, cornering Gohan. Having no other choice, Gohan powers up to a Super Saiyan. Baby uses this opportunity and easily takes over Gohan's body. Baby tests Gohan's powers by attacking Piccolo in the area.
Now with Gohan under his control, Baby seeks out his true target: Vegeta. Baby-possessed Gohan locates Vegeta and fights an even battle with the Saiyan prince. The fight is soon interrupted by the arrival of Goten, who Baby left an egg implanted inside of, rendering him under his control. With the help of Goten, one of Baby-possessed Gohan's attacks pierces Vegeta's skin, which Baby takes the opportunity to liquefy himself and enter Vegeta's body, gaining control of a more powerful host. However, just like Goten, Gohan has an egg implanted inside of him by Baby, bringing him under control of the Tuffle parasite. Later, when Goku, Pan, and Trunks return home from outer space after collecting the Black Star Dragon Balls (which Dende later gave to Baby so he could wish for Planet Plant to be restored), Gohan and Goten appear at their house and transform into Super Saiyans to immediately fight Goku and Pan. Gohan even promises to kill Pan and fires an energy blast at her. However, Goku blocks the attack and the explosion knocks him and Pan down to the ground, rendering Pan unconscious. This angers Goku and he fights at full power, allowing him to gain the upper hand against the controlled Gohan and Goten. However, before Goku fires his Kamehameha at Gohan and Goten, Mr. Satan and Majin Buu show up and explain what has happened.
After being purified by the Sacred Water by Kibito Kai, Gohan, along with Goten, Trunks, and Pan help restore Goku's Super Saiyan 4 powers. Eventually, Goku manages to defeat Great Ape Baby, forcing the Tuffle parasite to flee from Vegeta's body, returning him back to normal. Baby then tries to escape in a spaceship, but Goku fires a powerful 10x Kamehameha up at the spaceship, blasting it to the sun while Baby was inside and killing the Tuffle for good.
Later, Gohan helps in evacuating the population of Earth to the New Planet Plant before Earth's explosion. However, when Goku teleports back to Earth to get a little boy who was left behind during the evacuation, Piccolo suddenly appears, saves the boy, and gives Goku enough energy to teleport back. However, he chooses to share the same fate as the Earth. Moments before his death, Piccolo has a telepathic farewell conversation with Gohan. He tells him that he chooses to remain behind as his death would cause the Black Star Dragon Balls to be eternally turned to stone. This way, no wishes from the Black Star Dragon Balls will be made, saving the Earth from a future disaster. Gohan bursts into tears and pleads for Piccolo to come with them, but Piccolo declines and tells him how proud he is of Gohan for how he has matured and the amazing potential he had displayed over the years. With the conversation over, Piccolo says his final goodbye to Gohan, who screams Piccolo's name in devastating sadness as his mentor dies a dramatic death in Earth's explosion.
The Earth is restored back to normal and everybody is back on it. Gohan says to Goku that he still misses Piccolo, but his father comforts him and says that he misses Piccolo, too, cheering him up. With that, Goku and Gohan are happy that the Earth and its inhabitants are safe for now.
Super 17 Saga
"We can't let them do this! They've all been beaten before, we can beat them again!"
Main article: Super 17 Saga
A year later, Gohan observes the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament with Videl and Krillin while Goku fights in the Junior Division and Pan, Mr. Satan and Majuub compete in the Adult Division.
Some time afterwards, along with the rest of the gang, Gohan fight the villains that escaped from Hell. He mainly battles a revived General Rilldo, saving Pan and Mr. Satan from him. He and General Rilldo have an evenly matched fight before Rilldo unexpectedly uses his Metal Breath to turn Gohan's right arm and left leg into metal. He is nearly killed, but was saved at the last minute by Majuub.
Along with Goten, Trunks, Vegeta, and Majuub, Gohan battles against Super 17, even firing an incredible Kamehameha attack at the Android but it has no effect because Super 17 absorbs it. Gohan is the first to be knocked out. He is saved along with the others by Goku, who, with the help of Android 18, eventually kills Super 17 with a Dragon Fist followed by a Kamehameha.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
"My father was the galaxy's greatest fighter, and he was doing it long before you were even born. You're history!"
Gohan, along with the rest, learns that thanks to the several wishes made to the Dragon Balls over the years, negative energy has overflowed, turning the balls evil, causing seven powerful Shadow Dragons to emerge from them.
Pan and Goku are successful in hunting down and killing most of the dragons, but are no match for the powerful Syn Shenron. Gohan, Trunks, and Goten come to the rescue and revive Goku's energy, while Majuub holds off Syn Shenron. Shenron is, however, relentless at killing Goku, and tries his best to stop the re-powering. He is even successful in landing a devastating blow on Gohan. Syn's efforts are in vain, though, as the three are able to restore Goku's energy. Goku, now at full power, is more than enough to beat Syn Shenron, but things go for the worse when Syn absorbs all seven Dragon Balls, and transforms into Omega Shenron. Not even Goku is able to comprehend his power.
The situation changes when Vegeta arrives and absorbed Blutz Waves from Bulma's new machine, to help him achieve Super Saiyan 4. Gohan warns Bulma that if given too much, he might lose control and become too powerful and uncontrollable (like Baby). However, Vegeta is successfully able to achieve Super Saiyan 4. It is not enough to stop Omega Shenron though, and Goku and Vegeta realize there's only one option: fusion.
Gohan, Trunks, and Goten hold off Omega Shenron long enough for the fusion to be successful, forming Gogeta. Gogeta is far more powerful than Omega Shenron, but because he failed to take the fight seriously, the fusion expires before he kills Omega Shenron. It now seems that all hope is lost, but Goku attempts to form an Universal Spirit Bomb. The rest battle Omega Shenron, but all are defeated easily by him. They do however, hold out long enough for Goku's attack to be complete and kill Omega Shenron, once and for all. After the final battle with Omega Shenron, he is last seen in one of the flashbacks in the end of Dragon Ball GT.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
A three-year-old Gohan ends up kidnapped by Garlic Jr. and his henchmen, largely due to his possession of the Four Star Dragon Ball. While held hostage at Garlic Jr.'s lair, he ends up eating one of the apples that Nikki was eating, unaware that it has an intoxicating substance (resulting in him entering a state comparable to drunkenness). He eventually wakes up and unknowingly pees on Krillin's head. Eventually, Gohan manages to awaken his inner power and send Garlic Jr. into the Dead Zone. Goku, witnessing this, decides to tell Gohan about his power later and took him home.
The World's Strongest
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
After Oolong saw the Dragon Balls being congregated to one spot, Gohan accompanied him to investigate (with Oolong in particular planning to wish for another set of panties). However, upon arrival, they ended up witnessing Dr. Kochin using the Dragon Balls to free Dr. Wheelo's Fortress. Gohan and Oolong later ended up attacked by Wheelo's Bio-Men, but Piccolo ended up saving them, although at the cost of being captured (with Gohan believing him to have been killed). He and Oolong were later confronted by Chi-Chi and Goku regarding the disappearances of Master Roshi and Bulma, where they admitted what they had witnessed.
The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
During a camping trip, Gohan ended up, alongside the rest of the Z Fighters, putting out a forest fire (caused by Turles' probe crashing into the forest), also saving a dragon named Icarus from the blaze, befriending it as a result. He later stopped Icarus from attacking Shenron when they attempted to wish the damage from the Forest Fire to be undone. Afterwards, Gohan ended up encountering Turles, and mistook him for Goku. He then was forced to turn into a Great Ape by Turles (the latter using a Power Ball) and then destroying the power ball in order to have Gohan last long enough in Great Ape form to cause immense destruction. However, Gohan was soothed by the presence of Icarus, causing Turles to shoot down Icarus and thus Gohan to attack Turles instead. Gohan was nearly killed by Turles, but Goku arrived and sheared off Gohan's tail to save him from the attack. He then passed out, although not before telling Goku to stop Turles. He later woke up after the Tree of Might was destroyed by Goku (with Turles dying with it) and witnessed alongside Icarus the Earth being restored.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Gohan appears in this film along with Goku, Piccolo, and Krillin. When we first see him, he is with Icarus and he puts on a dance with him for Piccolo. Without noticing, he starts to whistle and the whistling seems to cause Piccolo a great deal of pain. After apologizing, both of them sense the presence of a high power level heading toward Earth. Gohan arrives at the landing site where Lord Slug and his minions begin to terrorize the city. He loses his Dragon Ball hat that is picked up by Lord Slug. He starts to battle with them, but is taken down by Medamatcha and Angila.
When Lord Slug's machine brings the planet to a deep freeze, he takes refuge with his mother in their house, but flies off to battle him wearing Piccolo's Namekian suit. He fights well, but as he is outnumbered, Piccolo comes to his aide. Together they duel the villains until Gohan is over taken by Medamatcha's creations, but is saved by Piccolo. Goku comes to battle Lord Slug himself, but he has a very hard time of it, and Piccolo once again intervenes. When he has Slug's full attention, he rips off his own ears and tells Gohan to whistle. As Gohan begins to whistle, he weakens Slug, and gives Piccolo the chance to give his energy to Goku, aiding him in his victory over Lord Slug.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
Gohan accompanied Goku, Krillin, Oolong, and Icarus on another camping trip (although Goku initially planned to have Gohan finish up his homework first). However, the camping trip was short lived due to Cooler's Armored Squadron ambushing them. Gohan attempted to aid Krillin, but was himself weakened by Dore grabbing his tail (which Krillin had attempted to warn Gohan immediately before he had been knocked out by Neiz), with Dore also spinning him around by the tail until Goku interfered. While the Armored Squadron (who had arrived to kill Goku in the first place) attacked Goku, Gohan remained behind to attempt to restore Krillin to consciousness. Eventually, he flew in an attempt to aid his father, although the then-recently arrived Cooler tried to murder the boy with his Darkness Eye Beam, resulting in Goku taking the blast to save Gohan. They later went into hiding inside of a cave, although they were later trapped inside by the Armored Squadron blasting the landscape. They were later found by the rest of the group by Icarus' scent. Gohan then informed them about Goku's wounded status as well as wanting to know about the survival of the animals in the area. Gohan then, alongside Icarus, traveled to Korin's Tower to get Senzu Beans, also going high into the sky to avoid the Armored Squadron's scouters.
Upon arrival, Gohan attempted to get beans, although he was told to descend the tower because he failed to bring Korin a gift (in the Japanese dub, it was because he only climbed halfway up the tower), although largely because of Yajirobe's interference, he got a bean satchel and a spare bean. Gohan and Icarus then departed back to Goku's location, but were ambushed by the Armored Squadron, with Icarus being shot down and Gohan nearly killed by Dore's Can-Opener Attack, although Piccolo intervened, also holding off the Armored Squadron so Gohan can successfully deliver the Senzu Beans to Goku. He was also pursued by Dore, although Piccolo finished him off with his Chasing Bullet. He eventually arrived at the cave, but the satchel was destroyed by the Armored Squadron commander and sole survivor, Salza (who had escaped from Piccolo due to Cooler's interference earlier). Fortunately, the spare bean was still intact, which Gohan then proceeded to feed Goku the bean. He then attacked Salza in a rage after witnessing Salza defeat Krillin, but was defeated effortlessly. He then passed out, although not before witnessing Goku emerge from the cave completely healed. Gohan was among those in Goku's mind when he transformed into a Super Saiyan again to defeat Cooler. Gohan later met up with his father after Cooler had apparently been killed, and decided to search the rubble to see if Piccolo was present (due to it shaking), although they soon discovered it was actually Salza preparing to ambush them. However, Piccolo intervened from a distance with his Special Beam Cannon, finishing him off. Gohan then tried to call out to Piccolo.
The Return of Cooler
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
Gohan goes with the other Z Fighters to New Namek, when they all notice that the entire planet has been taken over by a gigantic planet-eating machine known as the Big Gete Star. All of them set out to investigate, seeing that the Namekians have been taken prisoner. Gohan is the first to act, saving a Namekian from being killed. It wasn't long before they find out that Cooler had returned, and he sent his new mechanized soldiers to kill them. Gohan, Piccolo and Krillin do battle with their metal foes, but it doesn't take long before they begin breaking the Cyclopian Guards apart by upping their attack strength. Though they start doing better, Gohan and Krillin are taken to the Gete Star and imprisoned, ready to be absorbed for their energy.
After a long battle between Goku, Vegeta, and Cooler, the Saiyans overpower the Gete Star, and Piccolo takes that chance to save Gohan and the rest of the accompanying Z Fighters. They escape before the entire Big Gete Star is destroyed. Together, Gohan and the rest of them return to Earth.
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Gohan attended his mom and dad in shopping (as Gohan had earlier agreed to undergo Summer School). While having a meal at a penthouse restaurant with his family, Future Trunks, Krillin, Oolong, and Master Roshi (the latter four having attempted to go to a swimsuit show that actually was not supposed to happen in weeks), Gohan and the others ended up surviving an attempted bombing as well as saved the other patrons. Gohan later attempted to aid Goku and Future Trunks in confronting the entities responsible for the attack: Android 14 and Android 15, who had obviously been targeting Goku due to Dr. Gero's desires of revenge against him. However, Chi-Chi attempted to stop him largely due to his commitment to Summer School. Gohan, however, coldly asked her whether his studies were more important than ensuring Goku survived against the Androids, with Chi-Chi being shocked enough to let Gohan go. Krillin later accompanied Gohan (the latter being forced to tag along by Chi-Chi) to aid Goku, and eventually tracked him, Future Trunks, Android 14, Android 15, and the newly arrived Android 13 to an arctic area. He later interfered and aided Goku when it was becoming clear that Android 13 was having the upper hand in fighting Goku, and was himself saved by Piccolo. Afterwards, when Android 13 transformed into Super Android 13 via parts from Androids 14 and 15 (who had been destroyed by Future Trunks and Vegeta, respectively), he was attacked by the Super Android. Gohan later attempted to aid Goku with the Spirit Bomb by attacking Super Android 13 to distract him long enough to ensure Goku got the energy needed. He later ended up hospitalized for the injuries.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Gohan attended a Hanimani picnic with Future Trunks, Krillin, Bulma, Vegeta, Master Roshi, and Oolong (with Goku and Chi-Chi not attending due to Chi-Chi wanting to ensure Gohan got into a prestigious school). He later bore witness to Paragus' arrival, and attempted, alongside Krillin and Oolong, to stop a drunk Master Roshi (who was himself attempting to stop Vegeta from going to the South Galaxy to rule the new Saiyan Empire and defeating the Legendary Super Saiyan plaguing the Galaxy). Upon arriving at New Planet Vegeta, Gohan, alongside Roshi, Oolong, Krillin, and Trunks (the latter accompanying them at the last minute due to being suspicious of Paragus' motives and further attempt to get Vegeta to refuse Paragus' offer). Upon witnessing Vegeta meet Broly, Paragus' son, Gohan could not help but express amazement. Gohan later accompanied Krillin and Future Trunks to investigate the city, due to their distrusting Paragus. They then discover that the "city" was nothing but ruins, as well as stumbled upon a slave quarry.
Gohan later interfered on the Shamoian slaves behalf and attacked the slavemaster. Gohan later ended up shocked at Goku's arrival (as well as Goku being accidentally punched in the face by Krillin while using instant transmission to arrive on the planet and showing off, respectively), also learning that Goku himself had been searching for the Legendary Super Saiyan (having been informed of this by King Kai earlier). Gohan, Future Trunks, and Krillin later questioned the Shamoian slaves (after feeding them) about the status of the Legendary Super Saiyan, and had confirmation that the Legendary Super Saiyan was indeed real, as he was responsible for the destruction of their homeworld prior to Paragus enslaving them. Later that night, Gohan and Krillin woke up (presumably to ask Goku something), but ended up witnessing Broly attacking Goku in a fit of rage, also being crushed underneath Goku's (now destroyed) mattress by the irate Saiyan after Broly threw it aside. The next morning, Gohan, alongside Master Roshi, Oolong, Krillin, and Future Trunks brought along several Shamoian slaves before Vegeta to expose Paragus' deception, with the Shamoians also recognizing Broly as the Super Saiyan who destroyed planet Shamo, as well as witnessing Broly's transformation into the Legendary Super Saiyan in a fit of rage. Gohan attempted to prevent Broly from attacking Goku, but Goku ended up pushing him aside due to realizing Broly was far too powerful for Gohan to handle, also being forced to retreat, although not before being hit by one of Broly's Explosive Waves.
Gohan later was shielded by Goku from another blast. Gohan then enters his Super Saiyan state to attack Broly, alongside Goku and Future Trunks. However, Goku later forced Gohan to leave after Broly threatened him, with Goku attempting to hold him off. However, Broly caught up and violently attacked Gohan, eventually resulting in Gohan being snagged by the neck on a beam, nearly breaking it. He was nearly killed by one of Broly's Eraser Cannons, although he was saved by Piccolo, also being fed a Senzu Bean. He then, alongside Future Trunks, attempted to use a combined Masenko against Broly, but it did not phase Broly at all other than destroying the building he was on, and ended up clotheslined by the insane Saiyan while he attacked Piccolo. Gohan later ended up knocked out, but then donated his remaining energy to Goku as a last resort to put down the Legendary Super Saiyan once and for all. After Broly's defeat, Goku and Gohan returned to their house via instant transmission, only to encounter Chi-Chi (who was angry at Gohan and especially Goku for missing out on the Parent Teacher Conference), as well as attempting to help his mom after the latter fainted in exasperation.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound A few months after the Cell Games, Gohan and the other Z-Fighters (including a visiting Future Trunks) proceeded to participate in the Intergalactic World Martial Arts Tournament. Gohan managed to get through the preliminary battles and managed to reach the final round of the tournament, alongside Trunks (after defeating Tien Shinhan), Krillin (who won by default after Piccolo forfeited out of disgust for the former's poor attempts at fighting the latter), and a sumo-wrestler named Doskoi. After moving the tournament to Battle Island 2, the fighters were to encounter and fight the Intergalactic Fighters (really Hercule's students dressed up like aliens) in specially built Battle Zones underneath the island. Gohan and the others are launched to their Battle Zones in rocket-propelled space pods, with Gohan arriving in his Battle Zone: a surreal world resembling a toy chest.
Gohan then encountered his supposed challenger and one of the Galaxy Warriors: Bujin. Bujin used his telekinesis to hurl several building blocks at Gohan, who hopped away from each one. Bujin then telekinetically yanks the hands of a clock and tries to skewer the teenage Saiyan with them, which Gohan disintegrates with an Aura burst. Gohan states that Bujin was trying to kill him, to which Bujin remarks "you have no idea". Bujin then used his powers to warp the area, revealing the "toy chest" was an illusion, and the Battle Zone was actually a forested area. Midway through the fight, Gohan managed to sense a far stronger power take out Future Trunks. Gohan then proceeded to rush from the forest where he was fighting Bujin to the location, an ancient ruined civilization, and discovered the other Galaxy Soldiers, alongside the unconscious bodies of Trunks and Krillin, as well as the group's leader, Bojack. Gohan transformed into Super Saiyan and challenged the warriors, battling them. They broke through the sky, revealing the Victorian-style city Battle Zone where Trunks previously fought and killed Koba, where the rest of the battle takes place. Gohan is dominated by Bojack and almost gets obliterated by a Full Power Energy Ball but is saved when it is deflected by a Special Beam Cannon from Piccolo. Piccolo gets beaten, with Vegeta and Trunks following suite. Gohan again starts to battle them alone. Outmatched, Gohan is near powerless against the Galaxy Warriors and gets caught in Psycho Thread.
Mr. Satan arrives in a space pod and distracts Bojack, saving Gohan. Moments later Bojack had Gohan in a Bear Hug. While struggling and screaming for help, Goku comes to Gohan's aid by using Instant Transmission to punch Bojack. Goku gives Gohan energy and turns Super Saiyan 2. Gohan evaporates Bujin and Bido, killing them with a simple punch and kick. Gohan punches Bojack, penetrating his abdomen but refuses to be beaten. Bojack uses Galactic Buster and Gohan charges a Kamehameha forming a collision. Gohan kills Bojack ending the battle.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming
"So, it's my father you're after, right Broly? Why is it that scum like you always want revenge for being put in your place? Well come on, I'll be happy to put you back again!"
Gohan sensed Broly attacking Goten and Trunks, and rushed to stop the trouble. Gohan then arrived and interfered with Broly's Planet Geyser technique against a weakened Goten and Trunks, also discovering Broly's survival. Upon meeting with the boys, he then explained who Broly was, and that Goku had beaten him, although he was later horrified when he discovered that Broly had also fought and injured Videl. Gohan then vowed to "put [Broly] back again" after deducing that Broly most likely wanted revenge against Goku for his earlier defeat, and fought Broly to a stalemate. After launching a blast that destroyed part of the area, Gohan realized that Broly has gotten much stronger since their last encounter, but was later saved by Videl, with Gohan expressing relief at her being alright. Gohan then attempted to stop Broly after he cracked the ground in four with an energy wave by launching into the air, and ended up bracing himself for an apparent attack from the deranged Super Saiyan. However, he then ended up attempting to defend the others when it became apparent that they were the true target, although this failed, leaving Gohan the only one left standing. He then became a Super Saiyan 2 in his rage, with Broly powering up to Legendary Super Saiyan. They then fought, although Gohan was largely getting beaten, eventually being trapped in a backbreaker over the newly formed lava pit. Gohan, however, eventually hit Broly hard enough to temporarily stun him and lured the Saiyan into the magma pit in the hopes of beating him. He succeeded, but was saved by Krillin (whom he mistook for Piccolo due to his wearing Piccolo's attire).
However, the victory was short-lived when Broly revealed that the lava did not affect him at all. Gohan eventually was put in the vengeful Saiyan's mercy, but eventually broke free in anger at Videl's injured status (having used the last of her strength to hurl a crystal at Broly). Gohan then entered a beam struggle with the mad Saiyan, with Goten later participating, but were on the losing end. Gohan and Goten later were apparently spiritually aided by Goku, and eventually succeeded in launching Broly into the sun. Gohan later noticed that Goku disappeared, although he was certain Goku had been present. He later reunited with Videl, but then was forced to flee when it became apparent that she was upset with Gohan for not coming to her aid earlier.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
"I am son of Goku, guardian of all that is good, Gohan."
Gohan and Videl appear to fight the dead who return to Earth. Eventually, Frieza arrives and he and Gohan have a brief discussion where Gohan reveals his identity to the tyrant. Frieza sends an army of Hell inhabitants (including former Frieza Force members, Bojack's gang, etc.) to attack Gohan, but Gohan flies through them and defeats Frieza in a single blow. Afterwards, he and Videl hunt down and defeat the other escaped villains.
Wrath of the Dragon
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
Months after the defeat of Kid Buu, Gohan along with the Z Fighters fight against Hirudegarn after he's revived by Hoi.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
"Those who would commit evil beware! The all powerful Great Saiyaman is here to save Trunks from his evil girlfriend!"
Four years after the defeat of Kid Buu, Gohan and friends attend Bulma's birthday party. There, he gets drunk and in his Saiyaman guise tries to get Mai to fire a bullet as part of a show for the others where she is holding Trunks hostage, though in reality she was in threatening his life despite his superhuman strength making him in no real danger. One of the bullets that Gohan deflects hits Videl in the leg, Dende then heals her and learns she is pregnant. Another hits Beerus but Vegeta is able to calm him down by singing and dancing on stage.
"I'll hold him off. Get the others to safety!"
Soon after, a fight between Majin Buu and Beerus breaks out, Gohan, Android 18, Piccolo, and Tien Shinhan jump into action against the God of Destruction but are heavily outclassed, with Gohan attempting to restrain Beerus in a full-nelson only to be flipped and kicked away. Soon after learning of the Super Saiyan God, he joins with Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten in an unsuccessful attempt to help Goku transform, though soon learn that they need another Saiyan to successfully perform the ritual and Dende reveals Videl's pregnancy, leading Gohan and the others to cheer in happiness before performing the ritual again, this time successfully transforming Goku into a Super Saiyan God. Later, Gohan and the others follow Goku and Beerus' battle. In the end, Beerus wins but he does not destroy the Earth.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
"I can handle his men, I guess. But this is serious, Bulma. I don't think you understand what kind of opponent Frieza is. It took my dad everything he had to win their battle last time, and Frieza's powered up to a completely different level. We can't beat him."
Sometime after the battle with the God of Destruction, Beerus, Gohan and Videl return home from shopping, who they had Piccolo babysitting their newly born child, Pan. Both Gohan and Piccolo sense bad energy on the planet but can't depict what it is. He later notices the sky has gone dark, meaning that Shenron has been summoned. Four months later, Gohan is told by Bulma that Frieza is heading to Earth in an hour so he heads to North City with Piccolo, where Frieza has arrived with his army. In the manga, Gohan takes Videl and Pan to The Lookout and requests for Dende to locate where Frieza is and Gohan is told that he is at North City. Upon landing there, both Gohan and Piccolo are shocked seeing Frieza and his army. Tien Shinhan arrives and says that he didn't bring Yamcha or Chiaotzu to the battle because it's too dangerous for them. Gohan follows with stating that he was told by Bulma not to tell Trunks or Goten about Frieza as they would've challenged him to a duel. Krillin and Master Roshi suddenly arrive with Senzu Beans. Krillin asks why Gohan has a track suit on; Gohan replies with due to not having enough time, he left his gi at home. Master Roshi then asks if he had been training, Gohan questions his power due to not keeping up with his training. Bulma and Jaco show up on the scene and Bulma was talking poorly of Frieza, but Gohan put some sense into her, telling her they have no chance against Frieza. Sorbet then orders the soldiers to battle.
Gohan and the others are taking on Frieza's men one-by-one but they eventually spread out because there are too many against them. Gohan easily takes out the men he has to defeat. He even helps Krillin out during the battle before he almost died. Everyone eventually goes back to the center stage to finish off Frieza's soldiers. Gohan sees that Piccolo struggling to fight a warrior named, Shisami. Gohan intervenes and easily defeats him when he goes Super Saiyan. After this, Frieza is ready to fight so he chooses Gohan as his first victim. He punches Gohan and has him his heart stop beating. Piccolo uses a kiai, which gets Gohan's heart beating and enables him to down the second-to-last Senzu Bean. For Goku and Vegeta to arrive, Bulma demanded that everyone should power up so Goku could reach Earth using Instant Transmission. Gohan later watches the battle between Goku and Frieza and later Vegeta. When Frieza destroyed the Earth, Whis shielded him and the others from being killed. After Goku learned from his mistake, Whis uses his temporal do-over technique, before Frieza blew up the Earth for Goku to kill Frieza.
Other Dragon Ball stories
Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai
At the time of the Cell Games, in the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, Super Janemba's messing with reality in the future causes Teen Gohan's essence to be dragged into the future two years after Kid Buu's defeat while Gohan was asleep. Gohan is consumed by blind rage when taunted by Cell about the mistakes that he made and, taken over by Janemba's influence, he gains a power boost enough to easily destroy Super Perfect Cell (who had previously beaten Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks thanks to a Zenkai boost). As his rage builds, Teen Gohan begins to lose his memories. Teen Gohan then aids his future self and his friend's future selves in defeating Super Janemba, before his essence is sent back in time by Piccolo's wish to Shenron. He wakes up in the morning with no memories of the events.
Dark Demon Realm Saga
- Assault on the Hell Gate
Main article: Assault on the Hell Gate Saga
At some point Gohan went out into the wilderness to try and attain the Super Saiyan 4 form. After he took on the form, Goku and Vegeta both sensed his power and headed off to confront him as Super Saiyan 4s, upon meeting him Goku expressed shock that Gohan had managed to take on the form. However, the three soon noticed a dark portal appear in the sky and headed into it to discover why it had appeared.
Super Saiyan Gohan, alongside Super Saiyan 4 Goku, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta, and Android 18 encountered Super 17 - who had re-appeared somehow. They defeated him, however Darkness Towa appeared and forcefully merged Android 18 into Super 17, causing him to greatly power up. He quickly knocked Gohan to the ground and then began overwhelming Goku and Vegeta. In response Gohan took on his Super Saiyan 4 form and headed back to fight the super android.
Dragon Ball Online
In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, it is revealed that after the demise of his father around Age 801, Gohan reflects on the power he wields and so he devoted himself to scholarly research on the source of that strength, ki. In Age 804, Gohan begins to research the martial arts of the past, organizing them in his book Groundbreaking Science, introducing concepts such as ki control to the general public and ushering in a worldwide revolution in martial arts. Later, when the remnants of Frieza's army launch a full-scale invasion of Earth, Gohan and the other Z Fighters band together and defeat them, using Saiyaman-like costumes to hide their identities.
Gohan also appears as a kid in the game during Time Machine Missions in Age 761; in Break Wasteland, Great Ape Gohan is fought after he is made into a Time Breaker by Evil Bardock. The Time Patrol defeat Gohan and he is freed, returning to normal.
Main article: List of power levels
As a child, Gohan is known to have within him a seemingly limitless dormant power, which at first only revealed itself when he experienced fierce rage, and when his rage ended, his power would drop dramatically. The earliest occurrence of this hidden power was when he almost crashed into a tree when his stroller was accidentally released, giving him enough power to plow a hole clean through the trunk to prevent him from being killed by flying into it as an infant.
As he got older, he trained hard and gained access to a large portion of his power, and it was not until he was a young adult that his power was fully awakened and he was able to use it all at his own will. He displays exceptional power at a very young age, even surpassing his father Goku by turning Super Saiyan 2 and saving the world from the evil Cell at only 9 years old (he is 9 years old in the manga as it states that Gohan is 16 years old after the 7 years of peace following the Cell Games, though he is physically around the age of 10 due to the year spent inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber). Gohan is also the first to ever achieve Super Saiyan 2 on-screen in the series. Despite not having trained consistently, Vegeta stated that Gohan's potential exceeded both Goku's and his own, even though they had attained the Super Saiyan Blue form.
- Manga and Anime
As a child during the battle against Raditz, when angered, Gohan's power level raises to 710 and then further to 1,307, before falling to 1 after attacking Raditz. Gohan gets more powerful after training for the battle against the Saiyans with Piccolo he is the second strongest Z fighter during the encounter second only to Piccolo himself (stated by Vegeta upon arrival). his power level is 1,083 when confronting Nappa and Vegeta, and it rises up to 2,800 when using his Masenko on Nappa. When Kid Gohan has his potential unlocked by Guru, it is said to rise to a level comparable to Vegeta's at the time (who had a power level of nearly 30,000). On Namek, when his anger rises during his battles with the different forms of Frieza, he is able to knock the tyrant around several times and even cause him some damage.
Gohan's power grows even higher before and during the Androids/Cell Sagas, as he trains with his father and attains the Super Saiyan form. Gohan eventually attains Super Saiyan 2, at which point he becomes stronger than any of the other Z-Fighters and full power Perfect Cell - he displays this new power by effortlessly killing the Cell Jrs. with a single shot each. His speed has become more colossal, exceeding the speed of Cell's. Vegeta states that Gohan isn't trying while fighting Cell. During his final beam struggle with Super Perfect Cell, Super Saiyan 2 Gohan loses half of his power due to having been damaged trying to save Vegeta, however even with just half his power Super Saiyan 2 Gohan is still able to defeat Cell in the beam struggle.
By the time of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, due to lack of training, Gohan is no longer as strong as he was during the Cell Games but is powerful enough to fight Dabura. It is later said by Dabura that he could easily defeat Gohan if he wanted to, though in turn if Gohan were to get angry and use his true power he would be able to defeat Dabura, as shown when he attacked Buu's cocoon. As a Super Saiyan 2 (with his anger allowing him to use his true power) he was also able hold off the fat Majin Buu for a short time, but was defeated and almost killed. However, after training with the Z Sword, Shin believes that Super Saiyan 2 Gohan will be able to defeat the fat Majin Buu, but Goku is not so sure that he could.
After the Z-Sword is broken, Gohan has his potential unlocked further by the Old Kai gaining the ability to surpass his limits. Gohan is able to defeat Super Buu in his regular state, and holds his own against him after he absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo, before eventually being bested by Majin Buu's superior strength. After Gohan's dormant power has been unlocked by Old Kai, his power had surpassed Gotenks'.
In the God of Destruction Beerus Saga of Dragon Ball Super, Gohan's Potential Unleashed power was proven nowhere near enough to defeat Beerus, who nonchalantly knocked Gohan aside. By the Golden Frieza Saga, Gohan had slacked off from training for so long that he became unable to utilize his full potential, and found it challenging to even access his Super Saiyan form. But, it was stated that the level of power he possess in his normal form is stronger than Piccolo and Shisami. Ginyu takes Tagoma's body and is able to unlock his full power than - which is said by Gohan to be equal to Gohan's at the time when he was at his best, Ginyu goes on to claim that compared to him Gohan possess a very low power level. Gohan tries to access his full potential to take on Ginyu but finds that he cannot and thus compensates by transforming into a Super Saiyan, thanks to this tremendous power up he proves to be able to knock Ginyu down with two blows, though the captain gets up again soon after - undamaged by Gohan's attack - to try and continue the battle, only to be stopped by Frieza. Even in his Super Saiyan form, Gohan proved no match for first form Frieza, and was easily defeated by him without even getting out of his chair. However, when Gohan released a huge amount of power as a Super Saiyan due to Piccolo's death, it proved large enough that Goku could sense his ki from Beerus' planet.
In the Universe 6 Saga, while selecting members of Beerus' team for his competition with Champa, Vegeta suggests that they place Gohan in their team - as he possess potential even higher than Goku and Vegeta themselves, and the rest of the Z Fighters - however Goku declines, saying all Gohan cares about is studying. However unknown to Goku, after Frieza's defeat, Gohan had been training with Piccolo, so that Gohan can get back into shape and Piccolo can get stronger. By the time of Beerus and Champa's tournament the two had presumably been training for at least half a year, and Gohan and Piccolo had powered up greatly - with base Gohan equal to the newly empowered Piccolo, who proved strong enough to keep up with final form Frost during the tournament a few days later. When attempting to get Cabba to transform Vegeta tells him he should not have entered the tournament with such a low power level while Vegeta thought Gohan should enter suggesting he is stronger than Cabba who was intern able to fight on par with base Vegeta.
During the "Future" Trunks Saga, Piccolo notes that Gohan has given up fighting and now leads a normal life. To which, when Future Trunks encounters Gohan he notes that he does not possess the overwhelming power he had during the Cell Games, stating that he could barely sense his power, implying that his power has once again greatly diminished or his pacifist-nature has allowed him to greatly suppress his power. During Future Trunk's departure, Gohan is seen in what appears to be his Potential Unleashed state, implying he has kept up with his training with Piccolo and regained his power. During the baseball game between Universe 6 and Universe 7 Gohan participates in the game and it is further implied he not only has regained his old power but has well exceeded it as he caught a godly ki enhanced baseball thrown from a full power Super Saiyan Blue Goku barehanded. The explosion was seen visible from space and leveled majority of the field yet Gohan emerged from the heart of the explosion and rubble nearly unharmed and actually laughing about almost being vaporized. Impressed, Champa actually gives Gohan a rare complement, calling him "pretty tough."
While battling Watagash Gohan was able to completely overwhelm him when he possessed a bank robber. When Watagash possessed Barry Kahn Gohan was knocked out cold with one blow as he took a blow for Videl and Pan. When Gohan confronted Barry possessed Watagash later Gohan was able to effortlessly dominate him once again after he powered up more using he superior power and training. When Watagash powered up one more time becoming larger then a skyscraper Watagash was far faster the Gohan and was able to smack him around with ease and eventually blasted Gohan into orbit with a massive Eye Beam. After hearing Videl and Pan call out to him Gohan reminds himself he will never lose in front of Pan and Videl and powers up to Super Saiyan and flies back down and as Watagash prepares another larger Eye Beam and fires it Gohan responds with his own version of the Super Kamehameha; the Super Great Saiyaman Beam and effortlessly plows through the beam and nearly kills Watagash. Not long after this Gohan in his Great Saiyaman outfit is fight with his dad Goku in the desert and is not only able to keep up with the god like power of his father's base form; whom was previously able to keep up with Beerus in his base form; he was able to push him back as well and was forcing Goku to take him seriously.
In Dragon Ball GT, Gohan in his base form is shown to have similar power to Super Saiyan Baby Goten, as when the two fight they both tire out at the same time and Gohan is able to resist Baby Goten's attacks without much damage. Baby himself references Gohan as being stronger than Super Saiyan Goten at one point.
Turles' scouter later reads Gohan's power level as 10,000 during the events of the movie The Tree of Might. When he has his tail held by Dore in Cooler's Revenge, Gohan's power level drops to 50.
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Potential Unleashed Gohan's power made him the only one (without a power-up) able to touch the God of Destruction Beerus, being able to get him into a full-nelson lock. Despite this, Beerus easily broke free and quickly defeated Gohan by smashing heads with Buu's and kicking the young Saiyan in the abdomen.
During Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Gohan proved powerful enough to defeat Frieza's soldiers that he had brought to Earth by the hundreds. Despite his power having dropped, in his base form he was still much more powerful than Piccolo and when he took on his Super Saiyan form he effortlessly defeated Shisami - who also possessed power greater than Piccolo. Frieza himself states that Gohan alone would be more than enough to instantly beat all 1,000 men in the Frieza Force.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
Gohan's power level is 6,000 during the events of the movie World's Strongest according to The Tree of Might pamphlets.
After his potential was unlocked by Grand Elder Guru, Gohan's power level rises to 14,000. After the battle against the Ginyu Force, by the time he, Vegeta, and Krillin begin fighting Frieza, Gohan's power level is 200,000.
Gohan's potential is greater than his father's and his power surpassed Perfect Cell's when he fought in the Cell Games, but his gentle heart stopped him from fully using it.
Daizenshuu 2 states that Gohan's dormant power is bottomless. and also says that Gohan's potential power is greater than his father Goku's due to being the son of a Saiyan and Earthling as noted by Vegeta. It also states that after his potential was released by Old Kai, Gohan is still capable of becoming a Super Saiyan as shown in Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, but even without utilizing the form he is stronger than Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks.
The data book Dragon Ball: Extreme Battle Collection refers to Gohan as having fantastic power surpassing even a Super Saiyan 3. however the Dragon Fist utilized by Super Saiyan 3 Goku possess superior power to Ultimate Gohan thanks to its massive ki amplification.
It is stated in the Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files that Gohan continued to train in the years following the Buu Saga and the end of Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball GT, suggesting he got stronger than he previously was.
- Video games
In the story of the PSP game Shin Budokai, which is set two years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo states that Gohan grew even stronger than he previously was the last time they met. In his base form, Gohan is implied to be far stronger than Androids arc Gohan in his base form, as he far surpasses his younger counterpart even when suppressing his power. Majin Vegeta, who has been possessed and further been empowered by an evil copy of himself, states that Gohan is "a monster with power beyond legend" upon encountering him. In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Whis, a man with very high standards, deeply applauded Gohan's full power obtained from Old Kai's aid.
In the Assault on the Hell Gate Saga, Super Saiyan 4 Gohan is said to be extremely powerful, so much so that he has a hard time controlling his power. He is powerful enough that when he fired a Kamehameha in the direction of the Earth in order to defeat an enemy, it took the combined power of Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta firing their strongest beams to stop it.
Main article: List of techniques used by Gohan
Transformations and Power Ups
Main article: Great Ape
This transformation occurs when a person with Saiyan heritage (and with a tail) looks directly at a full moon, or something that simulates its effects, such as Vegeta's Power Ball. The result is the waves from the moon stimulating a gland in their tails, enabling a seemingly unavoidable transformation. This is a complete genetic transformation, so it greatly affects Gohan's mental state. Because Gohan never had any proper training, Gohan loses all form of mental control, becoming a primal beast. However, during his fight against Vegeta, Goku's words were able to reach Gohan enough to regain some of his rational thought and focus on his real enemy. Gohan only transforms into this state three times throughout the series, twice while he was training with Piccolo, and one final time when fighting Vegeta, the final of which Gohan was able to regain some rational control of himself thanks to Goku's interventions.
He also transforms into this state the movie Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might when the main villain Turles creates a Power Ball and forces Gohan to see it, transforming him into a Great Ape. Great Ape Gohan gains some rational control over this form when Icarus intervenes, and he eventually ends up specifically targeting Turles after the latter shot Icarus down. He later has his tail cut off by Goku, returning him to normal. Gohan is the only known Saiyan/Human hybrid to ever achieve this transformation, due to having been born with a Saiyan tail.
Main article: Unlock PotentialUnlock Potential, in truth, is not a form of Gohan but is simply an enhancement that he acquires during the Namek Saga. This term is only used in the Budokai games. Gohan acquired this when he visited Guru during his trip on Namek. Guru placed his hand on top of Gohan's head and using his own powers, released Gohan's latent potential. This, however, did not release all of Gohan's hidden power, since he was still only able to unleash his hidden power through fierce rage.
Gohan's abilities were enhanced along with the strength of his hidden power, and as a side effect, continuously grew alongside Krillin with each battle, as stated by Vegeta. The first time that he receives this power-up roughly multiplies his power tenfold, allowing him to access a power in around the mid-10,000s range, though with the subsequent battles against Recoome and Frieza, he grows many times stronger. During one bout of rage, he was even able to subdue Frieza's third form. According to FUNimation dub, after this power-up, Gohan was equal to Vegeta's strength when the latter appeared on Earth (before Gohan got stronger through battle).
Main article: Super Saiyan
Gohan became a Super Saiyan at nine years of age (if including the 10 and a half months spent in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber since he came out earlier by 3 hours; he was almost at the physical age of ten), during the intense training he endured with his father to help him ascend. Gohan was the youngest to appear as a Super Saiyan until the appearance of his brother, Goten, who accesses the state effortlessly at seven years old. In this state, Gohan was called the Gold Fighter by the residents of Satan City during the Great Saiyaman Saga. After Gohan has his potential unlocked by Old Kai, his Super Saiyan form became much stronger due to his base form having powered up.
By the time of Frieza's resurrection and attack on Earth, Gohan had lost his Super Saiyan Fourth Grade form, and is even unable to maintain his regular Super Saiyan form for long due to not training to manage its power.
Super Saiyan Full Power
Main article: Super Saiyan Full Power
Gohan is one of the first people to display full mastery over the Super Saiyan. Gohan had learned to perfect the Super Saiyan form with his father, when his father suggested that they remain transformed for extended periods of time so that they could master Super Saiyan, including all the unwanted behavioral effects. This mastery of the Super Saiyan enables full control over the energy output and consumption, completely diminishing strain on the body. Gohan continues to use this form during the Buu Saga, particularly when training with Goten.
Due to a lack of training, by the time of Frieza's revenge Gohan had lost his Super Saiyan Fourth Grade form, with it having regressed back into Super Saiyan First Grade. But once Gohan returns to training with Piccolo and regained his lost power, he might once again transform into Super Saiyan Fourth Grade.
Super Saiyan 2
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
Gohan was the first and the youngest character in the series to reach Super Saiyan 2, achieving it at the age of 9. This occurred when his dormant power was fully awakened through his rage at Perfect Cell for hurting his friends and killing the peaceful Android 16 (though it was revealed in an anime-only flashback by Goku that Gohan actually achieved the transformed state while training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but was too exhausted to maintain the form). While in this form, Gohan's hair stands straight up with the exception of one lock that hangs down, and he is surrounded by aura electricity all the times. One thing is quite noticeable when he in particular manifests this transformation: his nature is prone to complete change, giving him an almost sadistic sense of mind. This is completely opposite of his natural reluctance and innocence when he is not transformed. The most noted example of this happening is his desire to watch Perfect Cell suffer before he was going to kill him, while prior to ascending to Super Saiyan 2, he made it quite clear that he did not want to hurt or even fight Cell, let alone kill him.
In addition to his battle with Cell, Gohan uses this form to defeat Bojack in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound and to fight Broly in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming. Seven years later, he uses it during the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament when Kibito asked him to demonstrate his Super Saiyan powers so that they may lure out Babidi's men; he instead makes the full jump to Super Saiyan 2, only to have Shin paralyze him so that his power may be drained (and subsequently returned, by Kibito) as to lure out Spopovich and Yamu, and lead them towards Babidi's spaceship. When Gohan makes a jump to Super Saiyan 2, his hair grows longer around the sides and a bit at the top, similar to regular Super Saiyan, with the exception that his hair stands up more, gets more spiky and he gains one hair bang instead of two. He also fights Majin Buu in this form, but loses and is nearly killed. But when Gohan fought Majin Buu he was weaker than when he fought Cell. After training with the Z Sword he grew much stronger as he was able to wield the sword perfectly in his base form not needing to transform raising his base power so that when he transforms into a Super Saiyan 1 or 2 his power would increase making him stronger. After training with the Z Sword, Shin believes Super Saiyan 2 Gohan can beat Majin Buu. After Gohan has his potential unlocked by Old Kai, his Super Saiyan 2 form, though never seen, became much stronger due to his base form having powered up.
In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Towa's dark magic awakens Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 power instead, thus making Gohan slowly start to become corrupted. This is most noticed by Gohan letting out an evil laugh after saying he has to make Cell suffer. Goku takes notice and even Trunks notices that Gohan's energy is different. Gohan returns to normal, after Towa and Mira are both driven off.
The Great Saiyaman (グレートサイヤマン, Gurēto Saiyaman) is Gohan's transformation alter ego and an attempt to hide his true identity from his classmates when he attended school in Satan City. The Great Saiyaman was first born when Gohan transformed himself into a Super Saiyan in order to disguise himself as he fought some bank robbers on the morning on his first day to school. However, his classmates (and in particular, Videl) began to note strange similarities between himself and the mysterious "Gold Fighter" (as they described his Super Saiyan form). Concerned that his identity might be figured out, but wanting to protect the city from random crime, he approached Bulma and asked her if she could invent a device that could instantly change his appearance. With his new costume ready and easily accessible with the press of a button, he could now protect the city without his identity being easily discovered. When Gohan becomes a Super Saiyan as Great Saiyaman, he is referred to as "Super Great Saiyaman".
Despite the new disguise and protection of his identity being discovered, the Great Saiyaman identity still did not ensure Gohan's identity from being safe. Juggling between his school and superhero life proved to be difficult, and his classmates and teachers noticed that he was gone for a long period of time when he asked for bathroom breaks. Also, Videl proved to be a thorn in Gohan's side, as she was both reluctant to accept assistance from him and most importantly wanted to discover his true identity. At one time, the Great Saiyaman's true identity was in jeopardy of being discovered when he changed from being the Great Saiyaman to his normal form and noticed that his classmate Angela was standing in front of him during his change; however, he was saved when she revealed that she did not have her contact lenses on at that time and could not see anything, and that her big secret about Gohan was the fact that he wears teddy bear underwear.
Gohan's luck ran out when Videl eventually discovered his true identity when she noticed that Gohan had a band-aid to cover up a scratch to the face he received while fighting alongside with her under his disguise. Alternately, in the manga, Videl discovers his true identity much sooner. The first time Gohan sneaks out of school to help Videl with some criminals, she recognizes his voice (implying he was not altering it like in the anime). She then tricked him into revealing his identity by asking "By the way, Gohan...how'd you sneak out of class?", which he responded to honestly before realizing what had happened. However, she promised him that she would not reveal his identity if he promised her two things: to enter in the World Martial Arts Tournament and to teach her how to fly, to which he reluctantly agreed. During the Tournament however, his friends learned of his true identity when they noticed the great similarities between Gohan and the Great Saiyaman (Gohan forgot to put his bandanna on after turning Super Saiyan in anger after seeing Videl's match with Spopovich). Incidentally on the same day, he transformed into a Super Saiyan again at Kibito's behest, confirming to both Videl and his friends that he was also the Gold Fighter as well. Videl then realized that Gohan was the young boy who also competed in the Cell Games tournament, and therefore questioned whether her dad really won the Cell Games Tournament or not (even going so far as to realize that it was Gohan who defeated Super Perfect Cell in the anime). After the demise of Kid Buu, Gohan continued to fight crime as the Great Saiyaman alongside Videl, who now had the identity of the Great Saiyaman 2; nonetheless, he eventually retired from heroics to become a scholar.
All the incarnations of the Great Saiyaman costume were made by Bulma. The costume initially consists of a green tunic, black tights, white gloves and boots similar to those used in Battle Armor uniform, a red cape, and an orange-and-black helmet with a visor. Because the rules of the World Martial Arts Tournament forbid any type of armor, Gohan swapped out the helmet in favor of a white bandana and sunglasses, similar to the hero of the 1960s TV show Kaiketsu Harimao. He maintained the sunglasses and bandana look for the Saiyaman identity after the defeat of Kid Buu, and subsequently abandoned the red cape.
The name "Saiyaman" is a reference to Gohan's Saiyan heritage. He thought up the name on the spot while confronting two youths who were speeding in a car, and was easily offended when they laughed at his name. Later, the name was frequently mistaken for others, such as the "Great Soyman" or the "Great Singing man", which further aggravated Gohan however over the years this issue has resolved itself as Great Saiyaman is now known world wide as a superhero. He was also noted for his comical poses (comparable to or even more ridiculous than the poses of the Ginyu Force) he would perform when introducing himself, and was generally written off as hilarious or weird. Nonetheless, he was still a respected hero within Satan City. While in this disguise, Gohan still uses his energy-based techniques, such as the Super Explosive Wave, Kiai's and Ki Blasts. Recently Gohan has begun to use other attacks and transformations as well during his battles with Watagash. He adopted a orange finger beam he calls the Great Saiyaman Beam. He also adopted his own version of the Super Kamehameha which he renamed to Super Great Saiyaman Beam and even has begun to use his Super Saiyan form as well if situations called for it, opting to go with what the film director called it his "Super Great Saiyaman" form.
Old Kai's Unlock Ability
This power-up is when the full extent of his dormant capacities are released. It was achieved during the Fusion Saga and is also referred to as Mightiest Warrior and Strongest Warrior. This power up was achieved by a special ceremony performed by Old Kai. Although technically this ability is not exclusive to Gohan alone as the ceremony can be used to unlock anyone's sleeping powers, his was unusual in the amount of time it took to unlock due to his amazing potential. Thanks to his potential unlock, his base form becomes much stronger - eclipsing that of Gotenks in equivalent forms - and thus his Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2 forms power up as well, with his Super Saiyan form's appearance also altering slightly.
Due to the lack of training (several months in Dragon Ball Super) in the five years that followed, Gohan had difficulty accessing his full power during the invasion of Galactic Frieza Army, despite his efforts. But even in his base form, Gohan demonstrated that he possessed even greater power than Piccolo and rivaling Tagoma thanks to the potential unlock. When transforming into a Super Saiyan, he effortlessly defeats Shisami (in Resurrection ‘F’) and Ginyu with Tagoma's body (in the Resurrection ‘F’ Saga), though he could only maintain the form for a short period of time. Pushing his power to maximum as a Super Saiyan proved great enough for Goku to sense him from Beerus' planet, but this quickly overexerted his body and left him in a near-death state.
Main article: Potential Unleashed
Thanks to Old Kai's Unlock Ability, Gohan becomes capable of pushing his power past his normal levels of using Super Saiyan forms to their limits via the Potential Unleashed state, becoming Ultimate Gohan (アルティメット悟飯; Arutimetto Gohan). While rarely doing so, he is still able to transform into his Super Saiyan forms for additional power. In this state Gohan's power becomes at least as great as a hypothetical Super Saiyan 3 state (as it pushes Gohan to his full potential).
Gohan activates this ability in a similar fashion to the Super Saiyan transformation but just has to believe in him self while he does so according to Elder Kai and only subtle differences are present, including more pronounced facial features including narrowed eyes and a serious look, and a large, white aura. Initially Gohan is much stronger than the likes of Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks and Super Buu (Piccolo absorbed) and was able to put up a even fight against Super Buu(Gotenks absorbed).
In this state, Gohan had full access to his legendary potential about which his father and others had awed upon his entire life. He was able to maintain this power from his fight with Super Buu till the time a little after Beerus's first appearance. By the time Frieza resurfaced, he had lost a lot of power in this state and had to go as far as transforming into a Super Saiyan, just to access his old power. After these events, he trained with Piccolo for six months and regained his old power, adding on a little more power to his base form as a result. But by the time Future Trunks arrived, he noted that Gohan's power had diminished to such an extent that his power no longer matched even his old Super Saiyan 2 form's power; the reason for this might have been that his power had truly diminished or that now, or because he can probably control his power, he might have suppressed it low which is likely as Gohan appears in this state to say goodbye to Future Trunks.
Again, when there was a baseball match occuring between the fighters from Universe 7 and Universe 6, Champa noted that Gohan's power had greatly increased and now, Gohan had a godly ki spark. To this, Champa called Gohan a "tough guy". Gohan has appeared to not only regained the power he used to have but appears to have well surpassed his old limits as he is now capable of keeping up with the god-like power of his father base form during their recent sparring matches and forces Goku to fight seriously.
During the events of Dragon Ball GT, Gohan is possessed by Baby (while under Baby's control he is named Baby Gohan), and then later by a regular Tuffle parasite.
This state of Gohan makes its debut for the first time as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, as both base and Super Saiyan forms.
In Dragon Ball Heroes GDM7, a brain washed Great Ape Gohan was introduced. Great Ape Gohan is featured with purple aura as well as red eyes.
Possessed by Janemba
In the PSP game Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, after travelling into the future, Teen Gohan is consumed by blind rage when taunted by Cell about the mistakes that he made and tainted by Janemba's influence, he transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and gains a power boost enough to easily destroy Super Perfect Cell (who had previously beaten Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks - though he was messing around - thanks to a Zenkai boost). Like anyone else who is overtaken by evil energy, Gohan starts to transform into Janemba and begins to forget his friends and family, however he is freed from Janemba's influence by Goku, who manages to snap him out of his blind rage.
Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
Gohan attains this form in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, introduced in the fourth mission of the God Mission series (GDM4). Like his future counterpart, his Super Saiyan 3 form also possesses two hair bangs instead of just one unlike his father. He is also seen using Piccolo's outfit, including his cape, exactly the one he wore during the Cell Games except in a bigger size. In this form, he also attains a new technique called Hyper Masenko Wave, which is a stronger version of the Masenko technique.
This transformation is a result of what would've happened if Gohan continued to train under Piccolo in the years following the Cell Games.
Dark Magic transformation
Super Saiyan 4
Main article: Super Saiyan 4
Gohan achieves this form in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes since the fifth mission of the God Mission series (GDM5). In this form, Gohan's hair grows identically to Goku's and Vegeta's and he has his bang back (although in the same position he has during the "Ultimate" state). Red fur appears covering the upper part of his body and he wears died purple pants with Piccolo's shoes. He also gains a new technique called Ultimate Flying Dragon Fist, which he punches the opponent and then he launches an uppercut with an image of a dragon hitting the opponent very fast. In this state Gohan's power is overwhelming to the point where Gohan actually loses control of himself at times. A full power Kamehameha(which are purple colored in this state) from Gohan requires the full power of Goku's x10 Kamehameha and Vegeta's Final Shine Attack to overpower.
Great Saiyaman #12
Main article: Great Saiyaman 12 Great Saiyaman #12 is the EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and The Great Saiyaman 2. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Great Jaco Great Jaco is the EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and Jaco. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Great Satanman Great Satanman is the EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and Mr. Satan. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Appearances in other media
Gohan is used in eye drops commercials and Dragon Ball Z school supply commercials, which is a part of the Dragon Ball series' good influence on education and is one of their reach outs. He has also been used in promotional merchandising at fast-food chain Burger King.
Collectible cards, such as the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, have featured Gohan frequently, and he also appears in almost every Dragon Ball Z video game.
Gohan also appears in the 2010 live action battle show Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage, which is loosely based on the 1993 movie Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.
Gohan is playable in almost every Dragon Ball Z video game; see the list of video games where Gohan is playable. He appears in the trailers of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, seen in the Saiyan and Frieza Sagas of the game.
In 1993, Gohan placed first in an official Shonen Jump character popularity poll; the closest Dragon Ball character to rank behind him, Goku, took fifth. Due to the popularity of Gohan, other merchandise, such as action figures, video games, and clothing have featured Gohan in Japan and in various countries around the world. In an interview featured in the second Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files, a companion book released in December 1997 by Shueisha's Jump Comics Selection imprint, Masako Nozawa, Gohan's voice actor, stated that her favorite episode voicing Gohan was "Sorry, Robot-san - The Desert of Vanishing Tears", an episode originally cut from the American release of Dragon Ball Z. Saffron Henderson, Gohan's original Ocean Group voice actor, has stated she felt protective of the role and considers it to be one of her favorites.
Gohan ranked first on The Artifice writer Santiago Rashad's list "Top Ten Misused Dragon Ball Characters". Rashad argued that the character's role in the series had suffered from the backlash by fans not wanting him to become the protagonist following his defeat of Cell as he expressed: "He was never accepted by the fans, and thus the show that was meant to be his never became his. His story became the b-plot and he was relegated to being a relief pitcher after being the clutch closer for Cell." Calling Gohan "the guy—for all of the conclusion of the Cell Arc", Rashad mentioned his role in the films, but stressed that "for whatever reason he was never deemed fit for the throne that was all but forced upon him."
IGN's writer, D. F. Smith, liked how during the Cell Games Gohan has more screentime than Goku, and praised his scenes as one the biggest moments from such story arc. Theron Martin from Anime News Network celebrated Gohan's development in the Cell Games as he has grown up and has become stronger.
- Japanese: Masako Nozawa
- English dubs
- Ocean Group dub: Saffron Henderson (kid/pre-teen; episodes 1-67 [1-53 edited]; 123-165 [108-150 edited]), Jillian Michaels (pre-teen; 166-194 [151-179 edited]), Brad Swaile (teen/young adult)
- Animaze dub: Lex Lang (adult)
- FUNimation dub: Stephanie Nadolny (kid/pre-teen; Dragon Ball Z and various media until 2010), Kyle Hebert (teen/young adult), Colleen Clinkenbeard (kid/pre-teen; Dragon Ball Z Kai and various media since 2010)
- Blue Water dub: Scott Roberts (young adult; Dragon Ball GT)
- AB Groupe dub: Jodi Forrest (kid)
- Creative Products dub: Ethel Lizano (kid, TV episodes), E.J. Galang (kid, movies 5 and 6)
- French dub: Brigitte Lecordier (child), Jackie Berger (child; substitute), Marc Lesser (teen), Sébastien DesJours (adult)
- Spanish dub (Latin America): Laura Torres (child & teen; in Dragon Ball Z and DBZ Kai flashback ep. 99), Luis Alfonso Mendoza (adult), Karina Altamirano (child; in Dragon Ball Z Kai until Cell Saga)
- Spanish dub (Spain): Ana Cremades (child), Ana Fernández (teen; Cell Games Saga), Alejandro Albaiceta (adult)
- Catalan dub: Joël Mulachs (child), Marta Calvó (teen), Roser Aldabó (teen in movies 8 and 9; 1st adult voice in Z) Enric Hernández (adult in Z, GT and DBZ Kai); David Jenner (Battle of Gods and F no Fukkatsu)
- Valencian Dub: Miry Giner (Z); Ignasi Díaz (Battle of Gods)
- Galician Dub: Tonia Fuentes (Child); Iñaki Baliño (Adult); Antón Xa López (GT); Antía Álvarez Jiménez (DBZ Kai)
- Basque Dub: Xebe Atencia (Z); Kepa Cueto (GT); Eba Ojanguren (DBZ Kai)
- German dub: Sandro Blümel (child & teen), Robin Kahnmeyer (adult)
- Brazilian Portuguese dub: Fátima Noya (child), Yuri Chesman (teen), Vagner Fagundes (adult)
- Portuguese dub (Portugal): Henrique Feist
- Italian dub: Patrizia Scianca (child), Davide Garbolino (teen & adult), Alessio De Filippis (child; in Dynit dub), Daniele Raffaeli (teen & adult; in Dynit dub)
- Tagalog dub: Robert Brillantes, Hazel Hernan (child, DBZ Kai)
- Hungarian dub: Judit Koltai (child), Gábor Csőre (teen & adult)
- Croatian dub: Lucija Barišić (child & adult)
- Polish dub: Krzysztof Szczerbiński (adult; movie 12 & 13)
- Arabic dub: Samar Kukes (child)
- Thai dub: Wipada Jatuyodsaporn (child/teen), Nirun Boonyarattaphan (adult)
- Mandarin dub: Li Wan Fung (child), Guan Zhi-Hong (adult, DBZ), Yu Zheng Sheng (adult, Battle of Gods)
- Cantonese dub: Lin Yuanchun (child), He Guoxiong (adult; teen in 9th movie), Ciao Chi-Chang (child, remastered old movies re-dub, Kai and new movies)
- Hebrew dub: Matan Bello (ep. 1 - 105) Uri Har-Lev (ep.106 - 263) Tomer Geller (Mystic Gohan) Ido Mosseri (adult movies & GT) Tuval Shafir (child/teen movies)
- Serbian dub: Nikola Bulatović (Old Serbian dub) Andrijana Tasić (New Serbian Dub)
List of characters killed by Gohan
The following is a list of characters actually killed by Gohan.
Dragon Ball Z
- Sūi – Punched in the face by Gohan, causing him to fall into a lake.
- Salt – Gohan got angry at him for nearly killing Krillin with an energy blast, and Gohan vaporized the Spice Boy with a Masenko.
- Mustard – Gohan was still in his rage after he killed Salt, and Mustard ran at Gohan in revenge but Gohan kicked him and then destroyed him with a Masenko.
- Spice and Vinegar – Gohan was angry that Vinegar beat up Krillin, and that he was about to fall to his death over the edge of the lookout, Spice and Vinegar attacked Gohan, so Gohan unleashed his hidden powers and unleashed the Double Masenko on them destroying both Spice and Vinegar.
- The Cell Juniors – All seven of them were killed by Gohan. In a continuity error, an eighth Cell Junior is killed by Gohan in the anime, despite Cell only creating seven.
- Cell – Gohan and Cell entered a beam struggle with Kamehamehas, and Cell was about to win when Vegeta hit him with an energy ball, allowing Gohan to overpower Cell, completely destroying him.
- Slug's soldiers – Most of them are killed by Gohan and Piccolo.
- Turles - After the Destron Gas Generator is destroyed, Gohan kills Turles with a Masenko.
- Bido – Punched in half by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan, causing him to explode, Cell Junior style.
- Bujin – Kicked in half by Gohan, causing him to explode, Cell Junior style.
- Bojack – Killed by Gohan. After Gohan impaled Bojack with his hand, the two shot energy beams at each other. They ran at each other through their beams, and in this final attack, Bojack was killed, completely disintegrated inside the explosion.
- Frieza – Gohan punched him in the stomach, causing Frieza to explode, and causing all his henchmen (and many henchmen from the previous movies) to run off.
- Cooler – After defeating him and then talking with him in hopes of redeeming him, Cooler provokes Gohan, so Gohan kills him with an energy wave.
- The name "Gohan" is a homophone for gohan (御飯), the Japanese word for "cooked rice" which also refers to meals in general, which continues Akira Toriyama's food naming pun diagram. In Mandarin, the reading of 悟飯 is homophone for 午飯 (wǔfàn), meaning "lunch". As a result, in a similar vein to his father's name, Gohan's name in pinyin/Mandarin is read as "Sun Wufan".
- Gohan's hobbies are reading, fishing, and research.
- Gohan will eat anything.
- Gohan's favorite vehicle is a house wagon.
- Gohan has killed every member of the Spice Boys.
- In the FUNimation dub, Gohan was originally intended to be named either Einstein or Archimedes by Chi-Chi. Alternatively, some of Ox-King's name suggestions included Ox-King Jr., Ox-Monkey, Big Ox, Oxford, Ox in the Box, Ox-Man and Johnny Oxseed.
- Gohan's tail is cut off four times in the anime (twice by Piccolo, once by Vegeta, and once by Goku) before it stops growing back. Piccolo removing it for the second time (along with the transformation that accompanied it) was anime-only filler where the space pod Goku flew in, which was in the mountains before being found by a nearby Grandpa Gohan, appears in the middle of a desert. This is considered to be one of the biggest plot holes in Toei's anime series by fans.
- Consecutively, Gohan has stayed transformed the longest as a Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2, clocking up a total of 29 episodes. Gohan is also the character who goes through the most character design and costume changes.
- During the Cell Saga, Gohan has a dream about Cell killing Chi-Chi and Piccolo inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber; However, he previously stated to his father that he did not know what Cell looked like when Goku asked him to imagine Cell killing all his friends so he can achieve Super Saiyan form for the first time.
- In the English version of Dr. Slump, there is a reference to Gohan's alter ego superhero, Great Saiyaman, in the chapter "Here Comes Arale!" The movie which Senbei Norimaki and Aoi Kimidori see and which was originally titled "Nekotoraman vs. Nekotora-7" (a reference to Ultraman and Ultra Seven) in the Japanese version, and is renamed "Tigerman versus Saiyaman" in the English translation.
- In volume 1 of the Dragon Ball Z manga, Piccolo refers to Raditz as "Raggedy Saiyaman". Saiyaman is what Gohan calls his superhero self.
- Gohan is the only partial Saiyan to be seen with a tail. Akira Toriyama stated that tails on a hybrid Saiyan is a recessive trait. Although, this is likely because Toriyama stated that he simply forgot Saiyans had tails by the time another hybrid Saiyan was born.
- In both manga (Chapter 426) and anime (Episode 205), Gohan was talking to the audience (breaking the fourth wall) about Krillin letting his hair grow out after the Cell Games.
Main article: Gohan/Gallery
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy, 1997
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- ↑ Dragon Ball Manga Chapter 517
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z Anime Episode 289
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 182, "Gohan's Plea"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 289, "Granddaughter Pan"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super, Episode 27
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Cell Games Saga, #171/156 ("Memories of Gohan")
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z — Cell Games Saga — "Cell's Mighty Breakdown" (episode 187)
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z — Cell Games Saga — "A Hero's Farewell" (episode 188)
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z — Cell Games Saga — "Save the World" (episode 191)
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File, 1997
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, 1995
- ↑ Daizenshuu 6 1995
- ↑ Dragon Ball Super, Ch.6
- ↑ Dragon Ball Volume ‘F’, 2015
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might Movie Pamphlet, 1990
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z TV Special 02 Film Anime Comics, May 31, 1993
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- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, 1995
- ↑ Daizenshuu 2
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Legendary Super Warriors
- ↑ Dragon Ball Heroes, 2015, Piccolo Daimao Arc final mission
- ↑ Burger King to launch Dragon Ball Z promotion
- ↑ Translated Dragon Ball Daizenshū Complete Illustrations guide
- ↑ Masako Nozawa Long Interview
- ↑ Magical Girl: Toon Zone Talks to Saffron Henderson
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- ↑ Dragon Ball Z - Season Six DVD Review by Smith, D.F. for IGN
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z DVD - Season 6 Box Set (uncut), Martin, Theron, November 25, 2008, Anime News Network
- ↑ List for german voice actors
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, 2011
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 33.2 Dragon Ball: Super Exciting Guide