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The Needs of the Many (さようなら孫悟空, Sayōnara Son Gokū; lit. "Farewell, Son Goku") is the two hundred fourth chapter of the Dragon Ball manga. The chapter's anime counterpart is the second half of the episode "Gohan's Rage".

Cover

The cover of this chapter is Goku standing in a plain white area, with only his shadow showing, looking back and waving.

Summary

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Raditz and Goku fall to the ground after being hit by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon

The blast sharply pierces through the chest of Raditz, and comes out through Goku’s back. Then the two of them fall to the ground with huge bloody holes in their chests. Raditz can’t believe Kakarrot sacrificed his life, and Piccolo begins to explain that he can just be revived with the Dragon Balls. Raditz starts laughing and says that everything up until now has been broadcast to his two comrades way out in space. They’ll come here and clear out all the humans, and maybe wish him back while they’re at it. Goku asks how long until those two come here, and Raditz says one year. Raditz keeps going on about how bad it’ll be when they arrive, and Piccolo finally gets fed up and finishes him off. Kame-Sen’nin, Bulma, and Kuririn are flying in a plane, and then Kuririn spots some people below them. They notice the only one standing is Piccolo, and wonder what’s happened.

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Piccolo finishes Raditz

Meanwhile, far-off in space… Some bald mustached alien with another eye device says that Raditz is dead now. There’s also a little alien with an eye device, and wild hair sticking straight up like a treasure troll doll. Both are wearing armor in the same style as Raditz’s. The little alien chews on the arm of an alien he just killed, and the big alien asks what they should do. The little alien thinks about these Dragon Ball things that can grant whatever wish you desire, and the big alien asks if he wants to revive Raditz. The little alien thinks that would be a waste, and says he wants eternal life.

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Nappa and Vegeta

Then they both blast off in space pods just like Raditz’s, and talk about how high Kakarrot’s kid’s battle power was. The little alien figures it may be due to the mixing of Saiyan and Earthling blood. The big alien says something about him being a Super Saiyan, and things if they breed with the Earthlings they could reestablish a stronger Saiyan empire. But the small alien thinks they should just kill everyone because it would be a bad idea to have a bunch of brats stronger than them running around. Back on Earth, Piccolo has explained the events, as Kuririn stands over Goku, and Bulma tends to Gohan. Goku then softly passes away, and his body just disappears! Piccolo says that bastard God must have done it, and thinks he probably has some plan for Goku. And the two other Saiyans decide to hibernate for the long journey to Earth…

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Trivia

  • The title is a reference to a quote from the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in which the character Spock sacrifices himself to save the lives of many. This reference fits, as Goku sacrifices himself to save everyone on Earth from death at the hands of Raditz. The full quote goes as follows: "The needs of the many... outweigh the needs of the few."

Gallery

Volume 17: The World's Greatest Team
The Mysterious Warrior From Space · Kakarrot · Tails of Future Not-Quite-Past · An Enemy in Common · An Unexpected Strength · Nothing Up My Sleeve... · Piccolo's Farewell to Arms!? · A Surprise Appearance · Sayonara, Goku · The Needs of the Many

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