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This article is about the decision-making process. For the technique used by Goku, see Rock, Scissors 'N' Paper.

Goz and Mez deciding who faces Goku first

Rock-Paper-Scissors (ジャン拳, Jan ken) is a game used from time to time in the Dragon Ball series, often as a means of deciding who gets to fight whom. Anyone playing rock-paper-scissors will say "rock, paper, scissors," and put their hand in a position so it resembles either a rock, a piece of paper, or a pair of scissors. Scissors beats paper, rock beats scissors, and paper beats rock. Four-way rock-paper-scissors can take quite a while.

Rock-Paper-Scissors is used at least once in Dragon Ball, and six times in Dragon Ball Z.


King Piccolo Saga


Goku and Yajirobe playing rock-paper-scissors to decide who will fight Cymbal

Goku and Yajirobe play rock-paper-scissors to decide who will fight Cymbal. Yajirobe wins and fights Cymbal cutting him in half with his katana and eating him.

Vegeta Saga


Gohan playing Rock-Paper-Scissors with a crab

When Goku is telling everyone at Kame House about Gohan, Gohan meets a crab (which is much smaller than the giant one on Namek) and they do rock-paper-scissors. Both of them keep picking scissors, as the crab can obviously only choose scissors, until Gohan picks rock. The crab, being a sore loser, sprays Gohan's face with bubbles.[1]

When Goku falls off Snake Way in Home for Infinite Losers, and he asks two ogres named Goz and Mez how to get out, they decide that if he can defeat them they'll show him the way out. It is implied that they are going to fight each other to determine who fights Goku first, but instead they do rock-paper-scissors. Goz wins with scissors, and challenges Goku to a wrestling match.

Namek Saga


The Ginyu Force deciding who will fight Vegeta

Rock-paper-scissors is used twice in the Namek Saga, though only once it yields results. When the Ginyu Force capture all seven Dragon Balls for Frieza, Ginyu decides to fight Vegeta, but receives complaints from Recoome, Burter, Jeice, and Guldo, all of whom want to fight Vegeta, he instead decides to take the Dragon Balls to Frieza. Recoome, Burter, Jeice, and Guldo all do rock-paper-scissors to determine who fights Vegeta. Recoome wins (he picked paper and the others all picked rock).[2] According to Guldo, Recoome always wins. However, he may have just been sore that he lost. When witnessing them do this, Gohan thought that they were acting like goofballs. However, in the Westwood Dub a short conversation takes place between Krillin and Gohan while BurterJeice are "Roshambo-ing", the conversation is this, Gohan asks Krillin; "Krillin this may seem like as stupid question but what are the doing?" Krillin replies with "Acting like a bunch of goofballs I'd say."


Vegeta, Goku and Gohan deciding who will fight Pui Pui

Before Vegeta fights Recoome, Burter and Jeice do rock-paper-scissors to determine who fights Krillin and Gohan.[3] They never finish, however, as they are interrupted when Vegeta unleashes a devastating attack on Recoome, and so they observe the fight from there, until Goku knocks out Recoome and they are forced to step in.

Babidi Saga


Goku and Vegeta deciding who will fight Kid Buu

When Babidi sends Pui Pui to fight Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan, all three of them do rock-paper-scissors to determine who fights him. Vegeta wins with scissors and easily defeats Pui Pui.[4]

Kid Buu Saga

Vegeta rock paper sccisors

Vegeta loses rock-paper-scissors

Goku and Vegeta draw Kid Buu to Supreme Kai's planet for the final battle. In Battle for the Universe Begins, Kibito Kai and Old Kai are hopeful that they will do the Fusion Dance. Instead, Goku and Vegeta do rock-paper-scissors to decide who gets to fight Buu. Goku wins with rock and fights Buu, with Vegeta getting quite irritated (this is the second time a rock-paper-scissors has concluded with Vegeta picking scissors).

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

When Beerus is preparing to destroy the Earth, he gives the Earthlings one last chance to avoid their planet's destruction by challenging Oolong to a game of rock-paper-scissors. Yamcha believes that Beerus' motive for choosing Oolong is that he assumes that Oolong has hooves instead of hands, meaning he can only play scissors. Thinking that this means that Beerus will play rock, they tell Oolong to play paper. In the end, however, their strategy fails as Beerus is able to hear the entire plan with is big ears.

Battle of Gods Saga

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Oolong in shock after realizing he lost

After fighting and defeating the Z-Fighters, Beerus challenges Oolong to a rock-paper-scissors match which will determine the fate of the Earth. Should Beerus win, he'll destroy Earth, and if Oolong wins, Beerus won't destroy Earth and he'll leave. Oolong throws up scissors twice in a row, both times which Beerus and him tie, and a third time, which Beerus counters with rock and wins. Oolong becomes terrified and struck with fear after he realizes he loses, and Puar gets fuming angry with him for showing the same sign three times in a row. Beerus then attempts to destroy Earth but before he can, Goku returns to Earth.

God of Destruction Champa Saga

Goku, Piccolo, and Vegeta play rock-paper-scissors to determine the placing for the Universe 6 and 7 Gods of Destruction Selection Martial Arts Competition. It turns out to be Goku placing first, Piccolo second, Vegeta third.

Dragon Ball: Xenoverse

During an alternate history of the Battle on Planet Namek in Age 762, Dark Ginyu takes on Dark Vegeta and the Elite Time Patroller, the Future Warrior. After ordering Guldo to take the Dragon Balls back to Frieza's ship, Dark Ginyu suggests Recoome, Burter, and Jeice play rock-paper-scissors to decide who gets to fight Krillin and Gohan. The results of their game are told via the games' dialog, with the first two games end in a tie, with Recoome winning the third resulting in him winning the right to fight the pair as well as the Future Warrior when they interfered.


  • It is interesting to note that each side of the rock-paper-scissors triangle won at least once (scissors won twice).
  • During the Ginyu Force's game, it has been called Roshambo, the phonetic French for "rock-paper-scissors".
  • Recoome seems to be quite good at playing this game, as he manages to win a game in two different timelines, the original history and the alternate one depicted in Xenoverse.
  • In the opening of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3, Gotenks and Majin Buu are playing rock-paper-scissors. Gotenks ended up losing, and they both punch each other in the face.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors is a common game used in real life, usually to make a decision about something.


  1. Dragon Ball Z episode 2, "Reunions"
  2. Dragon Ball Z episode 62, "New Ally, New Problem"
  3. Dragon Ball Z episode 64, "Recoome Unleashed"
  4. Dragon Ball Z episode 221, "King of the Demons"

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