Dr. Gero's androids

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The Android A-B-C guide explains the origin of all the androids canon to the storyline.

Following the defeat of the Red Ribbon Army, Dr. Gero spends the rest of his life developing various Androids and Cyborgs in order to avenge the Army's destruction at the hands of Goku. The following is a list of his creations.


[edit] Prototype Androids

Main article: Prototype Android Created as early test models by Dr. Gero, briefly seen during flashbacks of him in his laboratory and are featured as villains in the video game, Dragon Ball Z: Sagas.

[edit] Androids 1 through 7

All these units had design flaws or other problems which lead to them being scrapped. They are mentioned twice during the Cell Saga of Dragon Ball Z.

[edit] Android 8

Main article: Android 8

Android 8 during the Red Ribbon Army Saga

A larger-sized construct, Android 8 looks (and is modeled after) the more modern takes on Frankenstein's monster. Despite this, he's actually a very gentle soul. He was deemed a failure due to this fluke in his programming.

When Ninja Murasaki learned he could not defeat Goku in Muscle Tower, he activated Android 8 to do his dirty-work for him. However, the android refused to fight Goku. Murasaki threatened to activate the self-destruct mechanism in Android 8's body, but Goku saved the android from being destroyed and the two became friends, taking down Muscle Tower (as well as the Red Ribbon Army near Jingle Village) together. Android 8 still resides there to this day.

Note: Due to Dr. Gero not existing at the time of the manga, a new character, Dr. Flappe, was created to be his inventor. It's generally assumed that in the anime timeline, Dr. Flappe and Dr. Gero worked together back in the days of the Red Ribbon Army.

[edit] Androids 9 through 15

These and the androids that follow were created with the sole intention of killing Goku. However, like 1 through 7, 9 through 12 all had problems which eventually lead to them being scrapped. Note: the Android 9 mentioned here should NOT be confused with the Dragonball Online character, who is Commander Red revived as a Cyborg.

In the manga timeline, 13, 14, and 15 were nearly complete, though weren't ready enough to be activated (implying that they still needed to be worked on). However, in the movie Super Android 13!, a secret supercomputer continued working where the doctor had left off, eventually releasing the trio out into the public to track down and kill Goku.

[edit] Android 13

Main article: Android 13

Android 13

Presumably the most powerful of the three movie-only androids.He was able to keep up with Goku in his Super Saiyan form, he was eventually defeated, but soon caught his breath and absorbed bits and pieces of his destroyed colleagues to become Super 13.

[edit] Super 13

After absorbing bits and pieces of Androids 14 and 15, the truck driver-styled android transforms into a massive blue beast of unbridled power and strength. Nigh-invincible in this form, it takes the power of Super Saiyan Goku absorbing a Spirit Bomb to stop him. He is never seen again after his defeat.

[edit] Android 14

Main article: Android 14

Android 14

Built alongside 13 and 15, Android 14 is a large, powerful, gray-colored android. Generally the silent type, he prefers to do his talking with his fists. He is killed by Future Trunks (after becoming a Super Saiyan) and subsequently his remains are absorbed by Android 13. He is never seen again.

[edit] Android 15

Main article: Android 15

Android 15

Android 15 is best described as "a little man in a fancy outfit". His outfit and purple skin give him the look of a gangster, though he says little more than Android 14. A strange quirk of this android is the fact he carries -- and drinks from -- a small alcohol flask kept in his front pocket from time to time. Ultimately, he is destroyed by Super Saiyan Vegeta and absorbed by Android 13, then never heard from again.

[edit] Android 16

Main article: Android 16

Android 16 considered a failure

Strong and silent, Android 16 stands tall as one of the doctor's largest creations. He shares a gentle nature akin to Android 8, seen staring off into space and admiring nature time and time again. He was programmed to kill Goku, but it's unknown if he would have as the chance to do so never came up in the storyline. This is why he is considered a failure in Dr. Gero's eyes.

His ultimate fate was to play a pivotal role in the defeat of Cell. It was his demise that inspired teenage Gohan to release his rage and push to Super Saiyan 2 form.

[edit] Android 17

Main article: Android 17

The Human-like models known as #17 and #18, considered to powerful to control.

The male of the twin androids 17 and 18, 17 looks like your average teenage boy wearing a casual outfit. Unlike all other androids before him, he's less a robot and more a cyborg, he and 18 were runaways who were abducted and experimented on by Dr. Gero. Because of his rebellious nature, he was considered a failed android and sealed away until Dr. Gero, in a fit of desperation, released him and 18. Ironically, he ended up killing Dr. Gero. After he and 18 finished pummeling the Z Fighters into submission, he, 18, and 16 wandered off on a long and fun road trip to Goku's house.

Later in the series, Android 17 became little more than fodder for Cell, becoming a part of Cell's very being and powering him up to his Semi-Perfect form. After Cell's defeat, he was revived and continued to wander the countryside, messing with people and having a fun time all by himself.

In Dragon Ball GT, he once again played the role of a victim, being fused together with Hell Fighter 17 to become Super 17. After Super 17's defeat, he is once again revived by the Dragon Balls and presumably went back to aimlessly wandering.

[edit] Android 18

Main article: Android 18 Looks can be deceiving, as this beautiful, young lady can be very dangerous when riled. Much like her twin brother 17, she was too rebellious to control and considered a failed android. Also like 17, she was a normal, human girl until Dr. Gero experimented on her. In her first appearance, she humiliated Vegeta (who had just become a Super Saiyan) and helped 17 defeat the Z Fighters before she, 17, and 16 hijacked a Lucky Foods Company van and took a road trip to Goku's house.

Later on, she became absorbed by Cell and helped him achieve his Perfect Form. A few days later, she was spat back out after Cell received an extremely powerful kick to the gut from an enraged Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. After Cell was defeated by Gohan, she wandered off for a while before returning to the Z Fighters and ultimately marrying Krillin, who fell in love with her during the Cell Saga. The two also had a daughter named Marron.

During Dragon Ball GT, she played a much more subdued role, becoming one of Baby's minions during the Baby Saga as well as fighting off Super 17 later on.

[edit] Android 19

Main article: Android 19

The energy absorbing models, #19 and Gero himself as #20, considered successes but are far weaker than others.

A very strange, round man of an android, Android 19 is one of two energy-absorbing models made by Dr. Gero. Despite being destroyed by Super Saiyan Vegeta, he was considered a successful android given that he followed his programming to the letter and had enough power to destroy Goku.

During The Dragon Ball GT series he is seen flying from hell in the sky and destroying the city. He is later sent back to hell by Trunks and Goten.

[edit] Android 20

Main article: Android 20 First shown as an android, 20 is actually a combination of a robotic body with the brain of Dr. Gero implanted in its head. Much like 19, he was an energy-absorbing model and also considered a success by the doctor.

Long before he was an android, Dr. Gero was a simple engineer working for the Red Ribbon Army. It wasn't until Goku single-handedly took down the entirety of the Red Ribbon that Dr. Gero focused his attention to motives of pure revenge. As Future Trunks had predicted, two androids met the Z Fighters on the battlefield three years after Goku's return to Earth, but unlike Trunks' prediction, it was Gero himself and 19 who met them, rather than 17 and 18. Ultimately, Dr. Gero is destroyed by Android 17 and winds up in Hell.

Dragon Ball GT introduced us to a new doctor, Dr. Myuu. After Dr. Myuu's defeat at the hands of Goku, Trunks, and Pan, Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero teamed up to get revenge on them by creating Hell Fighter 17 (and eventually Super 17). After a complicated series of events, Myuu and Gero escape Hell only to be killed again by Super 17, much to his surprise.

[edit] Cell

Main article: Cell

Cell considered a success

The ultimate android, Cell is actually a combination of cells extracted from a number of sources (such as the Z Fighters and Frieza and his father). As such, he has the fighting knowledge, power, and even the moves of some of the most powerful fighters in the universe. Coming from the future in which 17 and 18 are already dead, Cell sought to absorb the duo in order to climb to his perfect form. Oddly enough, he had no intention of taking over the world, but instead sought to destroy it if Goku could not beat him. His present form was destroyed after Trunks and gang destroyed Gero's lab and cell's embryo stage.

Ultimately, Cell was defeated by an enraged Gohan and sent to The Afterlife. He formed a union with Frieza and his Ginyu Force, generally causing havoc and being a pest to the ogre which maintain the peace. Goku (who died in the battle with Cell) was about to stop him, but Pikkon stepped in and promptly put Cell in his place. But only for the time being. After that, the show pretty much shows cell being in Hell.

Cell once again became a thorn in Goku's side in Dragon Ball GT. Goku, having to go to Hell, runs into Cell and Frieza. However, the two are ultimately defeated and detained by the ogres of Hell once again by Goku trapping both of them in Hell's ice.

[edit] Cell Jr.

Main article: Cell Jr. While not created by Dr. Gero directly, after reaching his perfect form, Cell can reproduce asexually through his tail. Taking the shape of child-like, blue Cells, each Cell Jr. is almost as powerful as Perfect Cell himself. However, they are far from durable as a single attack from Super Saiyan 2 Gohan is able to destroy each of seven spawned Cell Jrs.. These guys kind of resemble the saibamen in the first season of Dragon Ball Z.

[edit] Hell Fighter 17

Main article: Hell Fighter 17 Created in Hell by Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu, Hell Fighter 17 is, aside from being a Machine Mutant, an exact copy of Android 17 and was created to locate, control, and eventually fuse with the original 17 in order to create Super 17.

Super Android 17

[edit] Super 17

Main article: Super 17 The fusion of Android 17 and Hell Fighter 17 was a spectacular success, yielding the large and powerful Super 17. With the power of both 17 and Hell Fighter 17, he was able to fight and defeat all of the Z Fighters, including Goku, until Goku found his weakness and destroyed him for good. He is never heard from again.

[edit] Trivia

  • The Pirate Robot which Goku, Krillin and Bulma encounter in the pirates' cove in "The Trap is Sprung", the 50th episode of the Dragon Ball anime, has the number '2' painted on both of its legs. However, since this is apparently the Red Ribbon Army's first venture into the cave and they appear to have no knowledge of the robot, it seems highly unlikely that this would be the Android 2 that Dr. Gero created. Still, the pirate cove robot bares resemblance to a failed project, possibly Android 3, which hangs strung above what is unarguably the third android's laboratory pod in a scene during Future Trunks' telling of Dr. Gero's plot in Dragon Ball Z.
  • When Cell encounters Androids 16, 17, and 18 on the island, Android 17 and Piccolo were fighting on, Cell implies that older model Androids often use the Red Ribbon Army insignia displayed.
  • Interestingly, even though Android 13, 14, and 15 were not featured in the Manga, the "Androids A-B-C's" section mentions that Androids 13, 14, and 15 were very close to the Android concept.
  • Dr. Gero seemed to develop something of a jewelery fetish after the fall of the Red Ribbon Army. Androids 16 through 19 (as well as 13 through 15 in Super Android 13!) and even Dr. Gero himself (as 20) all wear loop earrings.
  • In the anime, 19 would flick one of his earrings before attacking. 13 and 17 also did this once against Piccolo. Super 17 does this while searching for Goku once during their fight in Dragon Ball GT as well.
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