- This article is about the technique. For the decision-making game, see Rock-paper-scissors.
In the original version, the user shouts "Jan Ken", then a name corresponding to the attack: "Gu", equals rock and will be a strong punch. "Chyoki", equals scissors and will be a poke in the eyes. "Pa", equals paper and will be an open palm strike. In censored dubs of Dragon Ball, the scissor part is cut.
Goku first uses this move against the Bear Thief that wanted to eat Master Roshi's friend, Turtle. Goku then uses it on Yamcha in the Diablo Desert. In the final match of the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku says "paper" when he actually uses rock, which confuses Jackie Chun. Goku continues to use the technique up to his first fight with General Blue: he utilizes the scissors portion of the attack on Blue's eyes, preventing him from utilizing his psychokinetic abilities again after being freed by a mouse, and punches him into the cave wall with the rock portion, which knocks Blue out afterwards.
Video Game Appearances
In Dragon Ball Fusions, it appears under the name Scissors Paper Rock Rush as a special move used by Kid Goku, Goten, and random enemies.
In Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, it appears as a super skill under the name Scissors Paper Rock in the GT Pack 1 DLC and is one of GT Goku's skills in his third moveset (GT Goku Tailless) along with 2 Power Power-based techniques (all three techniques where used in the original Dragon Ball). The Future Warrior can also obtain this skill as a reward in DLC Parallel Quest Event: "Ultimate Power, Ultimate Saiyan". In the game, the skill triggers a pose where the user must then press different buttons corresponding to each move: Scissor (causes the opponent to be blinded as if hit by a Solar Flare), Paper (can break guards and obstacles and knockback opponents), or Rock (a punch). These attacks can be combined to attack up to 3 times. One example of this skill combos is Scissor (to blind the opponent), Rock (attack the opponent), and Paper (to knockback the opponent). During startup pose, the user is vulnerable and if they are hit they will be unable to finish the technique.
- Rock-paper-scissors, the game the attack takes its name from, is also a very commonly played game in the Dragon Ball universe. It is mainly used to decide who will battle who.
- In edited versions of Dragon Ball, the "scissors" portion frequently ended up cut due to excessive violence.