The Strangest Robot (ゴメンねロボットさん 砂漠に消えた涙, Gomen ne Robotto-san Sabaku ni Kieta Namida; lit. Sorry Robot-san — The Tears that Vanished in the Desert) is the ninth episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. The episode first aired on June 28, 1989. Its original American air date was October 18, 1996.
A group of wild animals chases Gohan when he falls into a hole in the desert, where he discovers an ancient probe robot in the cavernous ruins below. After Gohan reactivates the robot, it tells him not to disturb it, but reconsiders when the boy starts to cry and, reluctantly, watches over him, as he is still dependent on others. Gohan tries to dig the robot out of the sand as it tells him how, eighty years previous, it had been buried by an earthquake as it was excavating the ruins.
However, the unstable cavern begins to crumble around the two, and the robot sacrifices itself to send Gohan back to the surface, being smashed in the collapse. Tears streaming down his face, Gohan overcomes his sorrows, walking away back into the desert.
- In Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files Vol. 2, voice actor Masako Nozawa states that "The Strangest Robot" was her favorite episode while voicing Gohan.
- The ancient probe robot was cut out of the original Ocean dub released in America.