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"Release it Gohan, release everything. Remember all the pain he's caused, the people he's hurt. Now make that your power!"

Save the World (戦いは終った...ありがとう孫悟空, Tatakai wa Owatta... Arigato Son Goku) is the twenty-sixth episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred ninety-first overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on June 30, 1993. Its original American air date was December 26, 2000.


Gohan and Cell launch their Kamehamehas at each other as the rest of the Z Fighters pull back. Cell quickly gains the upper hand as the two massive beams collide.


Goku encouraging his son

Realizing that Gohan is unable to push Cell back by himself, Piccolo returns to the battle site and launches a Masenko at Cell, but nothing happens. The rest of the Z Fighters soon join him, except Vegeta, who stays back believing that their efforts will not make a difference.


Cell is defeated by Gohan's Kamehameha

From the Other World, Goku tells Gohan to throw all his remaining ki into the wave, and Gohan gains the advantage for an instant. As they struggle to assist Gohan against Cell, the Z Fighters soon find themselves at the mercy of Cell's power, and they are all forced to fall back. Just as it looks like Cell will win, Vegeta launches an energy sphere at Cell. The blast distracts Cell long enough for Gohan to release all of his power into his Kamehameha wave. With Goku saying, "Now's your chance!" to his son, Gohan screams and releases all of his energy at Cell. Cell screams as the Father-Son Kamehameha consumes him. The energy wave is strong enough to vaporize every cell in his body, preventing any possibility for regeneration. Cell is finally destroyed once and for all, and the Earth is safe again.

Major events

  • Cell is destroyed by Gohan and Goku.


"I am perfect!!"
Cell's final words

"At last, the terror known as Cell has been silenced forever. The battle is won, and the world is safe once more. Thank you, Goku, for all that you gave. The Earth will miss you."
— Narrator's closing line


Techniques used

  • Father-Son Kamehameha - Gohan's strongest Kamehameha wave that is assisted by Goku's spirit. Used against Super Perfect Cell's Solar Kamehameha.
  • Solar Kamehameha - Super Perfect Cell's strongest Kamehameha wave. Used against Gohan's Father-Son Kamehameha.
  • Special Beam Cannon - Used by Piccolo against Super Perfect Cell, dealing no damage to the Bio-Android.
  • Combined Energy Wave - Used by Piccolo, Tien, Yamcha and Krillin to attack Super Perfect Cell, to no effect.
  • Galick Blazer - Used by Vegeta against Super Perfect Cell, providing enough of a distraction for Gohan to completely overpower the Biological Android.

Bruce Faulconer tracks



Cell is still charging his Solar Kamehameha, despite already firing it

  • When Tien and Yamcha quickly charge their energy before taking off to help Gohan, Future Trunks' wound disappears.
  • When a back view of Cell is shown before both his and Gohan's Kamehameha waves clash, Cell's hands are still behind him.
  • When Vegeta shoots the Galick Blazer at Cell in the manga, he was in his base form instead of Super Saiyan form.