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The Fated Showdown! (因縁の対決!悟空対ピッコロ, Innen no Taiketsu! Son Gokū Tai Pikkoro; lit. "The Fated Showdown! Son Goku vs Piccolo") is the one hundred eighty-second chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. The chapter's anime counterpart is the first half of the episode "Battle for the Future".

Cover

The cover shows Goku confronting Piccolo at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budoukai.

Summary

Piccolo laughs about having sealed away God, as the World Tournament Announcer counts down on Shen (the human body was left lying down face first once God flew out of it). "...Nine...Ten!! He can't get up!!! Ma Junior has won with that mysterious technique!!! He's advanced to the finals!!" Goku can not believe he has trapped God in that bottle, as the announcer goes over and wakes up Shen.

Everyone claps for the nerd once Shen stands up, and he asks the announcer if he was just in a Tenkaichi Budoukai match. The nerd struts back into the audience, thinking he must have drank some sake, and is then complimented by his son on how strong he was. The announcer says there will be a ten-minute break before the grand finals kick off, and so Piccolo heads backstage, as does Kame-sennin.

Goku tells Piccolo to hand over that bottle once he gets back there, but naturally, Piccolo refuses. Instead, Piccolo swallows the bottle, and says he will have to kill him to get it out. Although, killing Piccolo would also kill God. Piccolo walks off, laughing about having the upper hand, and then Kame-sennin shows up.

Kame-sennin asks Goku what is going on, and then Tenshinhan also wants to know, that Piccolo is too strong to be an ordinary member of the Demon Clan. "That guy... is Piccolo Daimao..." Tenshinhan can not believe that, since Piccolo should be gone, and Goku says he did defeat him. Chi-Chi then realizes Goku was the one who rid the world of Piccolo Daimao.

The ultimate showdown at the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai

The ultimate showdown at the 23rd Tenka'ichi Budōkai

Goku relays what God had told him about Piccolo putting out an egg just before he died, and Piccolo was born from that egg. He is mostly the same as the previous Piccolo, except that he is far stronger. Yamcha and Tenshinhan bring up seeing Piccolo fly out of Shen's body when the Mafuuba was used, and Goku says that person was not Piccolo. It was God borrowing a human's body in order to fight Piccolo.

Goku then explains how God and Piccolo were once one person, and that the evil God expelled from himself turned into Piccolo. Therefore, if one is killed, the other dies as well. Everyone wonders what to do now, with Goku seeming to be the last resort, and then Piccolo interrupts them. He starts trash-talking, and says how great it will be in his Demon World once he wins.

The announcer then calls Piccolo and Goku out for the finals, and Piccolo threatens Kuririn on the way out. Goku heads out to the ring, and Kuririn's freaked out about how carefree he is with the fate of the world at stake. Piccolo asks Goku if he is prepared, and Goku asks for what. "Prepared to die, of course!" Piccolo has thrown off his mantle, and Bulma and Launch cheer Goku on. "Please begin the finals of the Tenkaichi Budoukai!!!"

Appearances

Characters

Locations

Volume 16: Goku vs. Piccolo
God's Miscalculation · The Fated Showdown! · Testing the Waters · The Real Fight · The Super Kamehameha · Panic at the Tenkaichi Budokai! · Piccolo's Super Giantification Spell · Goku's Fight · The Demon King's Final Gamble · Piccolo Destroys Everything! · The 10 Count · The Last Gasp! · The Fate of the Strongest · The Fate of the Dragon Balls

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