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"Excellent. They both seem to be in perfect working order."
Dr. Gero after awakening androids 17 and 18

Nightmare Comes True (そして恐怖が現実に... 目覚める17号と18号!!, Soshite Kyofu ga Genjitsu ni... Mezameru Ju-Nanago to Ju-Hachigo!!) is the eighth episode of the Androids Saga and the one hundred thirty-third overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on April 1, 1992. Its original American air date was September 25, 2000.



Dr. Gero confronts Krillin

As they search the Northern Mountains for Dr. Gero's laboratory, Future Trunks tries to warn a stubborn Vegeta that the Androids are more powerful than he realizes. Meanwhile, the remaining Z Fighters arrive at North City and decide to split up in their search. Krillin is attacked by Dr. Gero, but manages to follow him to his laboratory and signals the others. While the Z Fighters try to break in, Dr. Gero activates Android 17 and Android 18, who are not inclined to be under his control.


Dr. Gero with Androids 18 and 17 after he awakened them from their chambers

Meanwhile, Bulma and Yajirobe tell Gohan to take them home. When Bulma mentions Goku, Gohan realizes that checking on Goku and seeing if he is okay is urgent and he then flies away at high speed with Bulma and Yajirobe still on his back.

Major Events

  • Androids 17 and Android 18 are released.


"How many times do I have to tell you before it sinks into your thick skull? Never underestimate the power of the androids!"
— Future Trunks

"What have you done!? You dare to defy me!? I gave you life!!"
— Dr. Gero


  • The farmer (or a lookalike) from the first Dragon Ball Z episode appears in this episode.
  • The monster Gero turns into in Goku's nightmare resembles Majin Buu, in that it is a pink humanoid whose body has elastic properties similar to Buu's. It is show to have somewhat liquified its arm to choke Goku, in the same fashion that Buu uses his body to attack his opponents.
  • In the remastered dub, when Goku is being choked in his nightmare, he is given added dialogue: 'What's going on? I've never seen anyone or anything quite like him before.
    Gero's Right Hand

    Gero's right hand undamaged

  • When Gero's remote was snatched by Android 17, his right hand is seen completely intact despite the fact it had been cut off by Piccolo in the episode "More Androids?!" Moments later it is seen severed once again.
  • Android 17 and Android 18 make their debut in this episode.