Risking it all for a friend (やぶれかぶれだ) is a technique in which a character jumps in the way of an incoming Ki Blast to save another character. In some variants, a character may also shove another character away and take the blast instead.
Drum uses this move to take King Piccolo's place as the target of Tien Shinhan's Evil Containment Wave. This move is used by Piccolo in order to save Gohan from Nappa's Bomber DX at the cost of his own life. On Namek, a Namekian uses this movement to save elder Tsuno from Vegeta's Bang Beam, and later Piccolo saves Goku from Frieza's Death Beam in a similar manner. Later, in the Garlic Jr. Saga, Krillin uses the move to protect Gohan from Salt's Surprise Blasts and Mr. Popo uses it to protect Kami from the Electric Shock attack of Kami's predecessor. Piccolo uses the technique to save Gohan again during the battle against Lord Slug's clansman Medamatcha. Goku saves his son, Gohan, from Cooler's Darkness Eye Beam. Gohan uses this technique to save Goku from one of Super Android 13's Ki Blasts while Goku was preparing a Spirit Bomb to defeat the Android. Goku saves Gohan by jumping in front of Broly's Explosive Wave during their battle on New Planet Vegeta. Future Gohan also uses a rapid movement to protect Future Trunks from Future Android 18's High-Pressure Energy Wave and Future Android 17's Photon Flash while they fall of upward a Ferris wheel. During the Cell Games, Gohan saves Vegeta from Cell's Time to Die attack in a similar fashion. Gohan later attempts to defend Goten, Trunks, and Videl from one of Super Saiyan Broly's Ki Blasts after deflecting it, although the three are ultimately thrown back into separate locations by the blast and drastically weakened, with Gohan being the only one unscathed from the attack. In Dragon Ball GT, Trunks uses a rapid tactic to protect Pan of the Metal Breath performed by General Rilldo. A little later, Goku uses a similar movement to protect Pan from a Masenko fired by a Baby-infected Gohan. In the Super 17 Saga, Trunks used this movement to save his driver from Android 17's Electric Shot.
Appearances in games
"Risking it all for a friend" was named in Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, where it is a Drama Piece technique. In one of the alternate endings to Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Uchū-Hen, Vegeta threw himself in between Goku and Super Hatchiyack's Revenge Cannon while the former was charging his Spirit Bomb. It can also be used in the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes and the Nintendo 3DS game Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission; in one of the promotional trailers for Dragon Ball Heroes, the Saiyan Elite is shown protecting the Saiyan Hero from an upcoming blast fired by Super Buu.
In one of the scenes in the Playdia game Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Shin Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku - Uchū-Hen, Vegeta jumps in front of Super Hatchiyack's Revenger Cannon to save Goku.
In a What-If scenario for Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, Krillin utilized a variation of this technique on Android 18, where he pushed her out of the way when Semi-Perfect Cell attempted to absorb her, which resulted in Cell being fused with Krillin into a being known as Cellin, as well as resulting in his demise shortly thereafter by Yamcha and Tien Shinhan. This was later revealed to be a nightmare of Cell's due to anxiety regarding the Cell Games coming up.
The move appears in Dragon Ball: Xenoverse under the name Wall of Defense and is a defensive super skill. During the Saiyan conflict, Piccolo uses the technique to shield Gohan from Nappa's Bomber DX, resulting in his death just like in the origin timeline. The Future Warrior uses the technique several times to shield various characters to prevent their potential death from altering the timeline. At the end of the Saiyan conflict, the Warrior stands between Krillin and the injured Vegeta preventing the Z-Fighter from killing Vegeta as he enters his space pod, in order to save Vegeta's life and preserve the timeline. Later after their accidental body swap with Ginyu, the Warrior uses this technique while in Ginyu's body to shield Goku from Ginyu's Body Change and to return to their original body. Similarly Goku uses it while in Ginyu's body to shield Vegeta from Ginyu's Body Change and return to his now injured body. Future Warrior also uses this technique to protect Gohan and the injured Piccolo (having been badly injured by Frieza Death Beam following Frieza's return after surviving Large Spirit Bomb) from being killed by Dark Frieza's Killer Ball technique when it almost hits them after it was dodged by Super Saiyan Goku.
- Interestingly several of the users of the technique are Namekian, in fact it was first used by the Mutated Namekian Drum to protect his father from Tien Shinhan's Evil Containment Wave. Its most famous use was by Piccolo to shield Gohan from Nappa's Bomber DX, sacrificing his (and Kami's) life in the process. It was also used by an unnamed Namekian to shield Elder Tsuno from Vegeta's attack. In the anime, Piccolo also uses it to save Goku from Frieza's Death Beam. This indicates the possibility that technique is somewhat instinctual among Namekians due to the strong bonds Nameks (and even Mutated Namekians) usually have towards their relatives (such as in the case of King Piccolo and Drum) and loved ones (as in the case of Piccolo & Gohan).
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, 2000
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dragon Ball: Xenoverse
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 27, "Nimbus Speed"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 50, "Unexpected Problem"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 95, "Transformed at Last"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 111, "Fight with Piccolo"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 114, "Extreme Measures"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, 1991
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, 1991
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, 1992
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, 1993
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks, 1993
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z episode 189, "Cell Returns!"
- ↑ Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming, 1994
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT episode 19, "A General Uprising"
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT episode 28, "A Worldwide Problem"
- ↑ Dragon Ball GT episode 42, "A Dangerous Union"