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The Return of Goku (孫悟空の逆襲, Son Goku no Gyakushuu; lit. "Son Goku's Counterattack") is the sixth episode of the Commander Red Saga and the sixty-third episode in the Dragon Ball series. The episode first aired on May 20, 1987.



Goku confronts Mercenary Tao

Mercenary Tao returns to the Sacred Land of Korin to find the missing Dragon Ball. Upa, who is still angry over his father's murder, attacks Tao, but Tao dodges and strangles Upa for information on the Dragon Ball. Upa refuses, so Tao throws him at the Korin Tower, but Goku and the Flying Nimbus save him. Then, Goku and Tao have a rematch, and Goku dominates the battle. Goku effortlessly fights with Mercenary Tao, kicking him in the stomach hurting him the process, sending him flying, and kicking him to the ground. As he pops out of the ground, Tao gets mad at Goku that his second suit was torn off and tells how difficult it is going to be to find another decent tailor. Goku tells him that he should worry about his fighting, not his looks. Tao then launches a Dodon Ray, which at Goku blocks with his hands. When Mercenary Tao learns that Goku's strength increased up the Korin Tower, he climbs up there himself to become stronger. Until then, Goku and Upa decides to wait for him to come back.


"You! You killed my father!"
— Upa

"Now listen to me very carefully! Where are you hiding the Dragon Ball!?"
— Mercenary Tao

"Speak up savage! I can't understand what you're saying! The orange shiny ball! You have it! Where is it!?"
— Mercenary Tao

"If you want the pain to stop. Talk!"
— Mercenary Tao

"If you won't co-operate, then we have further to discuss!"
— Mercenary Tao

"You! You are alive!"
— Mercenary Tao

"Yes, I believe in you Goku."
— Upa

"Don't you ever hurt my friend again!"
— Goku

"Whatever you call it! You hurt people, and I'm going to stop you!"
— Goku

"That's right! Come and get me!"
— Mercenary Tao

"That's the second you've destroyed! Do you have any idea how difficult it's going to be to find another decent tailor!?"
— Mercenary Tao

"You dare question my abilities!? Well, then taste my Dodon Ray!"
— Mercenary Tao

"It's impossible. No one has ever withstood my attack."
— Mercenary Tao

"Ha ha ha ha ha! Don't worry boy! I'm just take a little off the top!"
— Mercenary Tao

"I don't need a weapon to defeat you."
— Goku

"Don't be such a fool! You're just a child! Why do you want these stupid things so badly anyway!?"
— Mercenary Tao

"You should be greatful for these last few moments of peace before I take what little life you've lived! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Uh?"
— Mercenary Tao


  • There is a Dragon Ball Z episode with the same name.
  • Goku got a part of his hair cut off when Tao was using a sword against him. It seemed to grow back by the end of the episode, despite Vegeta's claim later on that a full-blooded Saiyan's hair does not grow an inch from the day the Saiyan is born.


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Brief summaryThe fight of the century is about to beginThe fight of the century is about to begin as Goku and Mercenary Tao square off for a rematch. Tao wants Goku's Four-Star Ball and he'll stop at nothing to get it. Luckily, our hero has a few surprises in store for the dangerous assassin, as he fights for the Dragon Balls, and his life!fights for the Dragon Balls, and his life!
English titleThe Return of Goku +
Episode number63 +

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