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Risking it all for a friend (やぶれかぶれだ Yaburekabure da) 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.

Overview

Android 8 stops General White from shooting Goku

Eighter shielding Goku with his body in the manga

In the manga, Android 8 uses this move to shield Goku who had been knocked unconscious by a shot from General White's gun from being finished off by General White. The shot ends up hitting Eighter in the leg but the Android is unaffected.

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.[6] When Captain Ginyu (in Goku's body) tried to use his Body Change on Vegeta, Goku (who was currently inhabiting Ginyu's original body thanks to being tricked by Ginyu earlier) proceeded to jump in front of Ginyu to intercept the ability.[7] On Namek, a Namekian uses this movement to save elder Tsuno from Vegeta's Bang Beam,[8] and later Piccolo saves Goku from Frieza's Death Beam in a similar manner.[9]

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Krillin after protecting Gohan from Salt's Energy Wave

Later, in the Garlic Jr. Saga, Krillin uses the move to protect Gohan from Salt's Surprise Blasts[10] and Mr. Popo uses it to protect Kami from the Electric Shock attack of Kami's predecessor.[11] During the ten day wait for the Cell Games, Gohan utilized this to save Mr. Lao from Mercenary Tao's Super Dodon Wave, also surviving without any injury himself.[12] During the Cell Games, Gohan saves Vegeta from Cell's Time to Die attack in a similar fashion.[13]

In Dragon Ball GT, Trunks uses a rapid tactic to protect Pan of the Metal Breath performed by General Rilldo.[14] A little later, Goku uses a similar movement to protect Pan from a Masenko fired by a Baby-infected Gohan.[15] In the Super 17 Saga, Trunks used this movement in order to save his driver from Android 17's Electric Shot.  

Vegeta takes an attack for Trunks

Vegeta protecting Future Trunks from Fused Zamasu's Lightning of Absolution

In Dragon Ball Super, during the Golden Frieza Saga Gohan was being tortured by Frieza's Barrage Death Beam attack and Piccolo uses this technique to protect Gohan from the final beam which would have killed him, sacrificing himself once again to protect Gohan as he had during the Saiyan conflict (however he is later revived by Porunga once more). During the "Future" Trunks Saga, after enraging Fused Zamasu by blasting him with a Father-Son Galick Gun, Vegeta uses this tactic to save Future Trunks from Fused Zamasu's Lightning of Absolution. During the Tournament of Power, Piccolo uses this technique to protect Gohan from Hermila and Prum's combination attack, evening losing his arms in the process. Fortunately, he was able to regenerate them in moments.

Piccolo uses the technique to save Gohan again during the battle against Lord Slug's clansman Medamatcha.[16] Goku saves his son, Gohan, from Cooler's Darkness Eye Beam.[17] 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.[18] Goku saves Gohan by jumping in front of Broly's Explosive Wave during their battle on New Planet Vegeta, which humorously only has his gi set on fire, and used a similar technique via rapid movement to shove Gohan out of the way of Broly's Gigantic Press.[19] 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.[20] 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 off aboard a Ferris wheel.[21]

Variations

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.

In Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, due to its appearance as a Drama Piece it is possible to have characters who would be unlikely to perform this technique (such as villains like Frieza or Broly). Additionally it is also possible to have characters shield another character even if the character they are shielding is an enemy or someone they would never think about protecting under normal circumstances (such as Broly shielding his hated nemesis Goku or Frieza shielding Goku or vice versa).

Future Warrior with Piccolo and Gohan

The Future Warrior using Wall of Defense to shield Piccolo and Gohan from stray blasts from Frieza's Killer Ball

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, though Krillin does asks then why they are stopping him from killing Vegeta before Goku tells him that it is okay and that he will defeat Vegeta on his own next time, before thanking the Future Warrior for stopping Krillin from killing Vegeta (it should also be noted that Krillin is unarmed when he tries to stop the injured Vegeta as Yajirobe was absent due to the history alternations thus Krillin was unable wield Yajirobe's katana while attempting to kill Vegeta like in the original history). 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 a stray blast almost hits them after it was dodged by Super Saiyan Goku.

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Wall of Defense returns as a Super Skill used by Piccolo and can be obtained by the Future Warrior (Xenoverse 2). Both of the Future Warriors use this technique in cutscenes. The second Future Warrior uses it to stop Krillin from killing Vegeta after he is defeated on Earth in Age 762 like the first Future Warrior did in Xenoverse (though the unseen Yajirobe cuts off Vegeta's tail like in the original history, Krillin is unable to wield his sword as Vegeta is too injured to continue fighting after his tail is cut off, thus Yajirobe does not drop it allowing Krillin to find it like in the original history thus he tries to stop Vegeta unarmed like he did in Xenoverse). Future Trunks uses it to shield Goku from Ginyu's Body Change and return to his original body after having his body stolen body Ginyu in a trap set by Towa and Mira. The original Future Warrior uses it to protect the second Future Warrior from an attack by Supervillain Mira during Towa's attack on the Time Nest and are badly injured forcing them to leave it up the second Future Warrior to stop Towa and save Tokitoki's egg leading to the second Future Warrior's climatic showdown with Mira.[3] During the Battle With Universe 6 Saga, during the Tournament of Destroyers tag match between Piccolo & the 2nd Future Warrior against Frost & Cabba, after breaking away from fighting with Cabba, Piccolo uses this technique to shield the Future Warrior from being ringed out by Frost after he had used his Secret Poison on them, preventing them from being knocked out of the tournament. When shielding the warrior Piccolo successfully blocks a kick from Frost thus he is left uninjured by Frost's physical attack allowing Piccolo to resume fighting Cabba after the warrior recovers from the effects of the poison. Thanks to Piccolo's shielding them, the Warrior is able to continue fighting and at Vegeta's urging Frost is allowed to remain despite Frost's cheating being exposed by Jaco, so the Warrior can punish Frost for his evil by defeating him.

DB Fusions Saibaking Cover (Special Move - Pic 2)

Saibaking using Cover to protect a fellow Saibaman in Dragon Ball Fusions

In Dragon Ball Fusions, it appears under the name Cover and allows the user to cover a single ally from Ki Blasts and Ki-based special moves. When one is used on an ally protected by Cover, they will attack the user instead. There is also a stronger version called Full Power Cover. It can be used by several characters such as Android 76 and Saibaking.[4]

This technique makes a cameo appearance in the story of Dragon Ball FighterZ during the Enemy Warrior Arc. It is used by Android 16 to protect Android 21 from Frieza's Death Beam and Perfect Cell's Ki Blast when she appeared to have briefly become weakened and helpless shortly after transforming into her true form just as she was about to attack them. However due to his android body and the villains being weakened by the power suppression waves at the time he survived their attack albeit severely damaged. However Android 21 then cruelly reveals that she feigned helplessness knowing 16 would shield her which would give her the sadistic pleasure of destroying him herself after he was damaged seeing it as a fitting punishment considering he had been secretly working against her by activating the soul linking system which resulted in a human soul being linked to Frieza. She then cruelly destroys him with an energy sphere to the horror of Krillin and the Z Fighters who had teamed up with the revived Cell and the Frieza Force to combat Android 21 and her artificial clones. In the Android 21 Arc, Android 16's action of shielding 21 are later explained as he was trying to protect Android 21's "heart" which was the original good personality of 21 that reconstructed him due to him being designed after her original human self's son. Unfortunately Android 21 developed an evil split personality due to some of the cells used in her creation going out of control and develop an insatiable hunger which the evil persona embraced completely as she believed Androids had no need for family or loved ones. Android 16 tried to work with her original personality to stop her evil self but in the Enemy Warrior Arc, the evil personality took complete control and threatened the existence of her good self to force him to serve her, though she later learned of his betrayal and sent him to attack her enemies all so she could stage an elaborate and cruel punishment by pretending the original personality had resurfaced and feigned helplessness knowing 16 would shield 21 to protect her "heart" only to reveal her deception after he was damaged before cruelly finishing him off for daring to defy her. This scenario shows one potential weakness of this technique as it is possible for cruel sadistic person to feign helplessness to get someone who cares about their well being to shield them essentially using the self-destructive and selfless nature of the technique against the user as Android 21 demonstrated.

Trivia

  • 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 and in Dragon Ball Super to save Gohan from final beam of Frieza's Barrage Death Beam sacrificing himself once again. 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).
  • Though Piccolo's usage of this technique has lead him to be killed twice in the series (both instances being while shielding his student Gohan) it should be noted that it is possible to shield someone and survive as shown by the Future Warrior in both Xenoverse and Xenoverse 2 though their survival depends on both their power and the power of the attack that hits them as weak attacks might cause them to suffer minimal damage while stronger ones might severely injure, cripple, or kill them.
    • Additionally it is theoretically possible to kill both the user and the one they are protecting if the attack they use could pierce or cut through the user and those they are shielding with their body (for example the Special Beam Cannon is known to be able to pierce through two people as shown by the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon indicating that if such an attack were used it could kill both the user of this technique and the person behind them), however this potential scenario has never actually occurred in the series so it is unclear if it would be actually possible to bypass this technique in this manner.

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