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The Power of Nappa (さよなら天さん! 餃子の捨て身の戦法, Sayonara Ten-san! Chaozu no Sutemi no Senpo) is the twenty-fourth episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. It first aired on October 25, 1989.



Piccolo finishes off the last Saibaman

Watching a telecast of the battle from Kame House, Bulma bursts into tears seeing Yamcha die, while Puar faints from the shock. Master Roshi consoles Bulma, saying they can resurrect him with the Dragon Balls later on. Krillin, enraged at his friend's demise, releases the Scattering Bullet, an energy blast that hits the Saiyans and destroys three of the remaining Saibamen, while Piccolo handles the last one as it lashes out at Gohan.


Tien's arm is punched off by Nappa

Vegeta and Nappa, however, come out unharmed, and start advancing on the Z Fighters. Nappa, however, volunteers to begin the battle himself. At random, he picks Krillin and charges towards him, but Piccolo appears in his way and fires a blast. Nappa dodges and delivers a kick to Piccolo during the confusion, sending him into a nearby rock, although Piccolo emerges relatively unharmed. Nappa, however, then begins powering up and his power level skyrockets. Again, at random, Nappa chooses Tien Shinhan and engages him in battle, though his strength has become so much that with a mere punch, he severs Tien's arm. Tien valiantly tries to fight back, but is viciously pummeled. Determined not to let another comrade fall, Krillin rushes to Tien's aid, but Nappa blasts a hole in the ground to stop him, apparently killing Chiaotzu in the process.

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Chiaotzu sacrifices himself in a futile effort against Nappa

Chiaotzu, however, catches Nappa off guard and latches himself onto the Saiyan's back, slowly powering up in the process. Nappa smashes his back into several rocks to damage Chiaotzu, but Chiaotzu refuses to let go. As a last resort, Nappa flies towards some spiky rocks in an attempt to impale Chiaotzu. Chiaotzu telepathically communicates with Tien and bids him farewell before self-destructing. Nappa, however, emerges from the explosion unharmed, having put up a defense at the last minute, meaning Chiaotzu sacrificed himself for nothing.

With Yamcha and Chiaotzu gone, it seems as if Goku, who has just passed the halfway point of Snake Way, is truly the Earth's last hope against Nappa and Vegeta.

Main events

  • Chiaotzu sacrifices himself in an attempt to stop Nappa.


  • Chiaotzu, Tien, Piccolo, Krillin and Gohan vs. Nappa


  • Vegeta implies Nappa would have been seriously injured if not for his last minute defense against Chiaotzu.
  • In the Ocean Group dub, when Tien's arm is severed by Nappa, he declares "Just wait until it grows back!", although it's unknown if this was a censorship effort, or an indication of the Senzu Beans' healing ability.
  • This episode marks the second time Chiaotzu dies in the series. He was previously killed by King Piccolo in "King Piccolo's Wish".


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