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You see, I’m perfect, my strength is perfect, and with that I shall bring about equally perfect destruction.
~ Cell’s most famous quote.

Cell is one of the main antagonists of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Kai (along with Vegeta, Frieza and Majin Buu), serving as the main antagonist of the “Android/Cell” Saga, which includes the “Imperfect” Cell Saga, the “Perfect Cell” Saga, and the “Cell Games” Saga. He is an insect-like android seeking to gain more power in order to complete his ultimate form. Cell is the most powerful and dangerous of all Dr. Gero’s creations, and was created with the sole purpose of being the “Perfect Warrior” and destroy Goku and the Z-Fighters. He is one of the dangerous enemies of Son Goku and the archenemy of Son Gohan and Android 16. His fighting skills, powers and even his personality traits are derived from the cells of the greatest warriors in the universe; including Goku, Gohan, Piccolo, Yamcha, Krillin, Tenshinhan, Chiaotzu, Vegeta, Nappa, Raditz, Frieza, and King Cold.


Although Frieza is considered the main antagonist of the Dragon Ball franchise as well as the archenemy to Goku and Vegeta, Cell is arguably the most personal and psychologically inflicting nemesis to Son Gohan and Future Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, due to him being responsible for the emotional death of Android 16, which triggered Son Gohan’s rage transforming into a Super Saiyan 2 and having killed the Trunks from his timelime. He was also the only villain who did not want to destroy Earth directly, but instead made a martial arts tournament that would determine the fate of the planet just so he can prove that he is the best and perfect warrior. However, he did decide to break his promise after Gohan proved to be his better, trying to destroy the entire universe itself.

He was voiced by Norio Wakamoto in Japanese, who has voiced M. Bison throughtout the Street Fighter franchise. Dale Wilson voiced him in the Ocean English dub, whilst Dameon Clarke voiced him in the Funimation dub, and also played Handsome Jack in Borderlands.



Now that we’ve gotten that vermin out of the way. You’re next, Piccolo.
~ Cell as he encounters Piccolo for the first time.

Cel in his first/”Imperfect” form.

Cell first appeared as a monster like green insect creature that desired to absorb Artificial Humans 17 and 18 to attain his perfect form.

Cell came from the future to absorb the Artificial Humans 17 and 18, so he could become “perfect”. This was something that he could not do in his time because Trunks had killed them both. He killed Trunks and took his time machine, regressing into his larval state so he could fit into it, arriving four years before Trunks would have appeared. He absorbed the inhabitants of Gingertown before fighting Piccolo (fused with Kami), and taking a beating from him. Piccolo proceeds to trick Cell into thinking he’s lost and Cell reveals its origin how he killed the number version of trunks to travel to the present. After Piccolo revealed his deceit, he is soon joined by Krillin and Trunks (who Cell deduces came from another timeline). Cell also learned Goku was still alive in this time like if you came eager to fight the Saiyan. He then escaped using Taiyoken, while suppressing his power. Cell saw the timeline was different when seeing Vegeta fly by and went on to replenish his strength by absorbing the inhabitants of Nicky Town.

Imperfect Cell absorbing Android 17 to reach his Semi-Perfect form.

Cell went on a killing spree though ran off whenever he encountered more than one Z Fighter at once as he knew that his first form was weaker than some of them. He also anticipated their strategy of using air vehicles and suppressing their powers while hiding from them. It’s later revealed that he drank at least 600,000 humans during this time.

Very soon, he sensed Piccolo’s energy signal while Piccolo was fighting Artificial Human #17, and arrived at the battlefield. Piccolo told the Artificial humans about Cell being Gero’s creation and his plans for them. Together with #17, they attacked Cell, but he beat them up and nearly killed Piccolo with an energy blast through the chest and a broken neck. He then beat up #17 before opening his tail up into a giant sucker to absorb #17, but Android 16 stopped and fought him in an even match. Cell survived #16’s Hell’s Flash, however, and absorbed #17.

Obtaining Semi-Perfection

You should’ve listened to your friend.
~ Cell as he begins to absorb Android 17 to reach his Semi-Perfect form.

Cell after absorbing Android #17 (and becomes “Semi-Perfect”) and after changing into his 2nd Form.

After absorbing Android 17, Cell evolves into his Semi-Perfect form became human-like in appearance and much more powerful, as he swat Android 16 away. He also became much more arrogant and manipulative, so easily believed that there was no being who could defeat him. Cell attempted to fight Goku when he arrived to save Tien and Piccolo. When Vegeta fought him in his “ascended Saiyan” form, and was almost able to defeat him, Cell showed his more childish side by freaking out. After calming himself down, Cell used Vegeta’s pride against him, and was able to convince him to help him absorb Android 18 so Vegeta could have a “real challenge” and Vegeta allows Cell to absorb Android 18 in order to reach his Perfect form even fighting Trunks to do so.

Semi-Perfect Cell absorbing Android 18 to reach his Perfect form

Gaining Perfection

Time to devour the last morsel and become whole.
~ Cell as he begins to absorb Android 18 to reach his Perfect form.

Cell’s 3rd/”Perfect” form after absorbing Android #18.

Once he had absorbed #18, Cell’s powers became far greater than that of the heroes. He easily defeated Vegeta and Trunks after obtaining this form although Trunks would have won if not for his new form reducing his speed. When fighting Trunks, Cell got the idea to bring back the Tenkaichi Budokai tournament, in the form of the Cell Games. Cell entered a TV station where he told the world about the games, then gave the heroes 10 days to prepare for the games and told them that if he emerged undefeated, he would destroy the world. He then leaves so he can start making the ring.

Cell Games

Goku wouldn’t dare emit the Kamehameha wave attack from there, he’ll destroy the Earth if he does.
~ Cell surprised at Goku’s attack charge up.

In the Cell games, Cell fought Son Goku first, after easily defeating Mr. Satan and his students Caroni and Piroshki (though all three survived because he decided they weren’t worth killing), and at one point destroyed the ring so the entire desert could be the arena. Goku destroyed Cell’s top half with a Kamehameha wave, but Cell regenerated, though he was weakened nonetheless. After a bit more fighting, Goku gave up and assigned Son Gohan to fight Cell next. Gohan refused to fight back, telling Cell about his hidden power. Determined to see this power for himself, Cell fought Gohan but eventually, Artificial Human 16 jumped on him and tried to self-destruct. He then explains to the Z-Fighters that, as much as he loathes doing so, he would have to destroy the Earth as he felt it was the only way they could take out Cell. However, his bomb was removed when Dr. Brief was fixing him, so this this tactic did not work and Cell destroyed his body.

Cell brutally crushes Gohan in a torturous bearhug.

Cell created clones of himself, which he called Cell Juniors to fight the other heroes and force Gohan to unleash his hidden power. After Cell crushed #16’s head, however, Gohan unleashed his full power and turned Super Saiyan 2, killing all seven Cell Juniors. He then fought Cell and beat him up. Cell revealed that he was not even using half of his true power, and powered up to what is most likely 50% of his full power, dramatically increasing his strength and speed, but Gohan was unaffected by any attacks and punched Cell twice, inflicting serious damage.

After Cell realized that he could not beat Gohan, he attempted to blow up the earth with a Kamehameha wave, but Gohan overpowered him with his own Kamehameha, destroying most of his limbs. Cell regenerated and powered up to his full power; however, he was too big and slow to even hit Gohan, who kicked him in the stomach, forcing him to regurgitate #18 and revert to his second form.

Knowing he was about to lose, he started to set off the bomb that had been placed in his body, and Goku nobly decides to be the one to take care of him as he bids Gohan and his friends farewell. He used Instant Transmission to transport him to King Kai’s planet, in order to avoid the destruction of Earth. Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, Gregory, and 17 were killed in the blast, but this did not destroy Cell. This was because, as Cell revealed, as long as a single cell of him still existed.


Cell finally destroyed by Gohan’s Kamehameha.

No! This can’t be! I am perfection!!!
~ Cell’s last words as he is disintegrated by Gohan in the FUNimation dub of Dragon Ball Z Kai.

He could come back, and he returned in his perfect form because it was saved within the memory. Now he was stronger than ever, due to the Saiyan cells in his body, since a near death experience greatly powered up Saiyans, becoming what is referred to as Super Perfect Cell. Upon reappearing and using the same Instant Transmission to return to Earth, Cell killed Trunks with a Death Beam and Vegeta attacked him in a rage. Though Vegeta’s assault was unable to injure Cell and Gohan took a hit from Cell to save him, injuring his arm and decreasing his energy in the process. However, he was able to manage a one-handed Kamehameha, entering a beam struggle with Cell. With guidance from his deceased father and help from Vegeta, who distracted Cell with a Big Bang Attack at the last second, Gohan was able to overpower Cell and completely destroy him once and for all, also eliminating the Android threat permanently.


Cell sent to Hell.

Cell teamed up with Recoome, Burter, Jeice, Guldo, Frieza, and King Cold in Hell and terrorized the demons there, but Goku and Paikuhan came to stop them. After Goku defeated the Ginyu Special Force, Cell attacked him, but Paikuhan knocked him away and into the bloody pond. He then threw Cell and the Ginyu Force onto a spiked mountain, and the five of them were locked up in a cell with Frieza and King Cold. Cell then expresses annoyance at Reccome for sugguesting they arm wrestle alongside the others.

Cell’s final appearances in Dragon Ball Z was during the Kid Buu Saga. He alongside several other dead villains watched Goku’s fight with Kid Buu. After expressing shock that Goku was taking his fight with Buu more seriously than he did while fighting him, Cell starts rooting for Buu alongside his fellow villains.

Dragon Ball Super

In Dragon Ball Super, Cell didn’t make appearance in the entire seasons. But he was mentioned by Trunks when seeing Goku was revived (due to Old Kai).

Dragon Ball GT

In Dragon Ball GT, Cell, along with Frieza, fought Son Goku during the Super 17 Saga, while the other villains escaped Hell. Though Goku matched their power easily, Cell and Frieza managed to keep fighting, thanks to the fact that they were already dead and Goku could not destroy them. Eventually they attempted to use a new technique they had invented, the Hell Bazooka, which trapped Goku in an energy prison and forced him to go through the Four Circles of Hell. After the Saiyan was frozen in the Tundras of Hell, Cell and Frieza prepared to destroy him with a final energy blast. However Goku managed to break free of the ice, since he was alive and far too warm for the ice spirits to freeze. He then turned Cell and Frieza’s strategy against them by freezing them instead and shattering them (though he did the latter by accident).

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 shows that Cell and Frieza often train together in Hell.

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  • Gohan- Arch Enemy, Killer, and Attempted Victim
  • Goku- Attempted victim, indirect victim and second worst foe.
  • Pikkon
  • Android #16- Victim
  • Piccolo- Attempted Victim
  • Krillin- Attempted Victim
  • Yamcha- Attempted Victim
  • Tien- Attempted victim
  • Caroni
  • Pirozhki
  • Vegeta- Pawn and attempted victim
  • Future Trunks- Victim
  • Hercule Satan- Attempted victim
  • Andriod #17- Indirect victim
  • Andriod #18
  • Andriod #21

Frieza- Fighterz

Other Appearances

Future Trunks’ Timeline

Cell in Trunks’ timeline .

In Trunks’ future timeline, Trunks destroyed the androids and peace returned but knowing that Cell is most likely in his world, he awaits the day.

Three years later, while preparing to go to the past to tell them of his success, Trunks encountered Future Cell and revealed his knowledge of his plans to kill him and time travel. Cell was shocked and realized Trunks already time traveled and learned of him in the past. Trunks confirmed this and revealed he destroyed their world’s version of the androids. Cell was momentarily shocked and angry though realized all he had to do was take the time machine and go to the past before the androids were destroyed.

Believing he could defeat Trunks, Cell prepared to put his plan into action but he was unaware of Trunks past training that led to increase in strength, in which he could defeat Cell in his second form in the present and the androids. Future Cell was no match for Trunks while in his imperfect form, and Trunks threw Future Cell up in the air and destroyed him with an energy dome.

Later, Future Cell’s soul was destroyed when Future Zeno erased Future Trunks’ timeline to annihilate Infinite Zamasu.

Dragon Ball Z Abridged

Main article: Cell (Dragon Ball Abridged)

In TeamFourStar’s Dragon Ball Z Abridged series, Cell appeared in all three forms, with differing personalities. Imperfect Cell is sadistic and awkward, Semi-Perfect Cell is careless, overbearing, and whiny. While Perfect Cell is arrogant, egocentric, and disrespectful, with an ego that rivals Vegeta’s.

Imperfect Cell made his first full appearance in Episode 42, singing “Mr Sandman” before presenting himself to Piccolo. In the following episode, he showed Piccolo what happened to everybody in the city by absorbing the man he held, much to Piccolo, Kami and Nail’s disgust/horror. Piccolo and Cell fought, and Cell realized that he had fused with Kami and absorbed Piccolo’s right arm, remarking that he was starting to look like Kami.

Piccolo tricked Cell into revealing his origins and Piccolo regrew his arm, much to Cell’s surprise. He escaped with a Solar Flare when Trunks and Krillin showed up. Afterwards, Cell tried to figure out the confusing directions to North City and killed the East City Westmen Battleball team, before eating several North City residents and hijacking a radio show to broadcast victim’s screams and pleas. He next appeared in Krillin’s dream in the Celloween holiday special, trying to kill Krillin and a family to no avail. He showed up during 17 and Piccolo’s fight, revealing his intentions (with multiple sexual and incestuous metaphors) and beating the two, until 16 intervened. Sixteen defeated him, although he didn’t destroy him and he absorbed 17, becoming Semi-Perfect Cell.

As Semi-Perfect Cell, he felt what lips were like, playing with them like a child. He wounded 16 and was about to absorb 18, only to for Tien to stop him, who was sick of standing on the sideline while all the aliens and Androids battled and attacked him with surprising effectiveness. After Tien gave out, Cell was puzzled and downright confused when Goku teleported in, took Tien and Piccolo and told him that he was going to die, shouting “I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!”.

He then continued his search for 18, only to get interrupted when his shouting attracted the attention of a small town which confused his problems for girl trouble. He began destroying the surronding islands, only for Vegeta to beat him and make him have a temper tantrum about becoming perfect. He tricked Vegeta into letting him become perfect, used Tien’s solar flare attack to blind everyone and absorb 18.

Upon becoming perfect, he sang about perfection and resisted Krillin’s Kienzan. He then tempted Vegeta to attack him as hard as he could, only to either shrug off or regenerate from every blow, before beating him while shouting lines from various fighting games. He and Trunks then battled and Cell pretended to be on equal terms, only to reveal how worthless and generic Trunk’s new form was and spare him. Cell spent most of Episode 54 trying to build his Cell Games’ arena, getting more and more frustrated when his ring wasn’t perfect.

He then takes over a news station and broadcasted his announcement of the Cell games, also trending #CellGames on social media sites, telling everyone who’s not participating to catch up with friends or family, kill their boss, pray to their god etc. He then leaves as Master Roshi decides to spend his last days watching Hentai.

In Episode 55, he made a sponsorship deal with the Heat Tap company, which were okay with him destroying Earth. When Goku showed up to check how strong he was, they develop a semi-bromance with Cell stating that he’d miss Goku when he died and Goku describing Cell as handsome to his friends. During Piccolo’s time in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he has a hallucination of Cell and, realizing he can’t put up with Nail, Kami and his delusions alone for a year, he jumps out.


Cell laughs sadistically while torturing Gohan.

In the end, when I’m the victor, I will kill every single human being on this planet. I’ll come methodically after every last one of you, and I’ll watch your faces twist with fear.
~ Cell showing his sadistic and misanthropic side.

Cell’s personality has differed between his various forms. At first, the only thing driving him was his desire to attain his perfect form, curious to see its limits, and was very thoughtful, cautious, sneaky, arrogant, cruel, traitorous, manipulative, and calculating, not going after the Androids, since he knew he could not beat them. After attaining his Semi-Perfect form, Cell became much more brash, impatient, obstreperous, destructive, and cunning, as he relied less on strategy, using brute force. However, he still shows some cunning when he plays with Vegeta’s love for having a good fight and uses it to make Vegeta back down so that he can absorb #18. He was also narcissistic, as he views himself as attractive in this form. Upon becoming Perfect, his personality became a combination of the people whose cells he possessed. Cell had Piccolo’s coolness, knowledge, and cunning, Vegeta’s confidence and pride, Goku’s laid-back attitude and love of fighting, and Frieza’s conceitedness, polite mannerisms, and sadism. He is unique and exceptional in that he has no desire for conquest, immortality, or power and instead seeks only entertainment and to test the limits of his perfection, well as prove it to the universe, by destroying it, not caring if it would need up killing himself as well. This makes him an even more reckless and eviler version of Goku as he doesn’t even show basic compassion. He also does not value hard work as much as most of his power stems from draining the life of other’s life force and due to Gero’s design, he only hard to start training before the Cell Games.

Cell is actually quite advantageous, knowledgeable, and intelligent, as he (in the manga) compliments his opponents abilities. Later, he wanted only to unleash annihilation upon the universe and on anything he considered imperfect or, to put it bluntly, anything besides himself. In all forms, he retains Frieza’s sadism: while created evil, he is still fully conscious of the morality (or lack thereof) of his actions and commits them because he wants to. His stated that the reason for wanting to destroy humanity is simply to see the looks of terror on their faces before they die.

I must give Dr. Gero credit for his brilliant design.
~ Cell’s feeling for Dr. Gero.

When returned with his perfect form again but with more powerful saiyan cells, Cell is shown to be loyal to his creator, Dr. Gero and gives his debt to his creator for his design. This shows that despite being purely evil, Cell has some respect for his creator.

After his death, he gets along well with Frieza in hell; even teaming up with him, King Cold, and most of the Ginyu Force to escape. He also retains his sadism as shown when he tried to kill one of the orges by throwing him on a pit of spikes. Despite appearing to like Frieza at first, FighterZ reveals that they despise each other with Cell’s pride making even Frieza feel annoyed. The game also displays how callous Cell is with him being less affable being a possible result from the time he spent in Hell and his anger of Gohan defeating him. Overall, despite being an Android, Cell is a sadist who is well aware of the difference between right and wrong. He willingly strayed away from his programming, so he could start tormenting all life that wasn’t his own. At best, he sees everyone as his cosmic playthings, at worst a vessel to become Perfect.

Powers and Abilities

Cell possesses superhuman natural abilities and the ability to manipulate energy in the form of blasts and flight. He has only one unique ability of his own, absorption, though how he does this differs depending on what he is absorbing. For the normal people he absorbed in his Imperfect form, Cell impales them with his tail and absorbs their whole body, leaving only their clothes behind. For Androids 17 and 18 and Goku in GT, he absorbs them by widening the opening of his stinger and simply swallowing them whole. Cell has the signature techniques of all of the people whose cells composed him, including the Kamehameha wave, Death Saucer, and Death Beam. He also inherited Piccolo’s regenerative powers, but far more powerful, to the point where he could regenerate from only one cell and Frieza and King Cold’s ability to survive in space.



Cell can absorb people through his tail. Cell has two main methods of absorbing a victim. One way is he can stab the victim with his stinger, and he can drink the victims insides until they become nothing but a heap of clothing (if they wore any). The second method is Cell opens the stinger like a large mouth that sucks the opponent into his body. When Cell absorbs someone, he becomes stronger and gains some of their techniques. The only downside as shown during his battle against Gohan is that if hit hard enough, it is possible for Cell to throw up someone that he already absorbed.


Cell possesses a nucleus inside his head that allows him to infinitely regenerate as long as it is undamaged. Therefore, the only way to truly kill Cell is to destroy every single atom of his being to ensure his destruction. The regeneration is a Namekian attribute given from Piccolo’s DNA.

Saiyan Power

This technique has only been displayed by his Perfect Form. And it is unknown if his previous forms can also use Saiyan Power. Known commonly as Zenkais. This technique allows Cell to become stronger after sustaining a life-threatening injury. The more server the injury, the stronger the boost will be. This is how he obtained his Super Perfect Form. He got this from the Saiyans in his DNA. Which are Vegeta, Goku, Raditz, Nappa, Gohan, and Future Trunks. As Saiyans can transform after intense moments of emotion, the Saiyan cells only further Cell’s maximum potential – going as far as to create equivalents to Super Saiyan in the games.and in the anime.

Special Beam Cannon

Both his Imperfect and Perfect forms have displayed this technique. It was originally Piccolo’s.


One of Goku’s signature techniques that Cell acquired from Goku’s DNA. Cell can use several of his own unique versions of the Kamehameha. Including the Super Kamehameha.

Negative Power Rain

A technique used in his Semi-Perfect Form. Cell punches and kicks his opponent into the air, then fires nine red energy blasts down at them.

Ultimate Blitz

A stronger yellow version of Negative Power Rain used by Perfect Cell. The blasts are stronger, yellow, and are fired rapidly like a missile volley.

Solar Flare

A technique originally developed by Tien Shinhan. He used this in both his Imperfect and Semi-Perfect forms.

Afterimage Strike

A defensive technique taken from Goku’s DNA.


A technique used in his Imperfect Form used against Android 16. To use it, Cell crouches down and charges a yellow aura around his body. Then, he charges at the opponent at high speed using the yellow aura as a shield, inflicting a great deal of damage.

Zetsumei Bullet

An executive technique originally named See Ya used by Imperfect Cell. To use it, Cell charges at the opponent and punches them away onto the ground, breaking their neck. Then, he walks toward the opponent and picks them up with his left hand as he places his right hand over their chest. Finally, Imperfect Cell shouts “See you!” (in Raging Blast) or “Goodbye!” (in Raging Blast 2) as he fires a large yellow energy wave through the opponent’s chest, inflicting a massive amount of damage.

Prelude to Perfect Form

A Power-Up technique used by Imperfect Cell. Cell powers up a yellow aura that shows the souls of the humans he absorbed throughout the Imperfect Cell Saga. Because of this source of energy, which Piccolo estimates to be made up of thousands of absorbed people, Cell’s power increases exponentially when he activates it, allowing him to continue completely dominating Piccolo (who had earlier absorbed Kami, making him able to fight Android 17 on an even basis) and put him in a near-death like state. His life being saved just in time with a Senzu Bean.

Destruction Blast

Originally named Big Bang Crash. A technique that is a take-on of Vegeta’s Big Bang Attack. It is used in his Semi-Perfect Form. To use it, he extends his hand forward and forms a red sphere of energy. Then, he shouts “Take this!” and fires the attack at the opponent, inflicting a high amount of damage and even creating a large red dome of energy upon contact.

Super Big Bang Crash

A barrage of Big Bang Crashes. The blasts from this attack are much more powerful and can cover a very large radius.

Galick Gun

One of Vegeta’s signature attacks. Semi-Perfect Cell uses a weaker version of this against Super Vegeta (2nd Grade Super Saiyan Vegeta) in an attempt to phase and damage him. Neither of which succeeded.


Like the other Red Ribbon Androids, Semi-Perfect Cell is able to Self-Destruct himself with enough firepower to destroy an entire planet. However, unlike his predecessors, Cell’s version is called Unforgivable. And instead of a bomb inside his chest, Cell’s version is instead him inflating to a massively obese size and exploding within one minute. If Cell is damaged prior to this, he will detonate automatically.


Cell possesses strong Telekinetic abilities, able to easily lift entire mountains and carve them. This ability is presumed to be from Frieza.

Destructo Disc

A technique originally developed by Krillin. Cell uses this technique in his Perfect Form (and Semi-Perfect in videogames only).

Light Grenade

A technique originally developed by Piccolo. Cell only uses it in his Semi-Perfect Form in Supersonic Warriors 2.

Vocal Manipulation

Cell is capable of mimicking the voices of his absorbed victims and previous forms. As well as amplify the volume of them so they can be heard hundreds of miles away.

Perfect Combination

Cell charges at the opponent and kicks them up into the air. Then, he flies after the opponent and attacks them with a powerful punching and kicking barrage before slapping them away. Finally, Cell moves above the opponent and elbows them in their back, knocking them down into the ground and inflicting a high amount of damage.

Solid Hammer

As he shouts “Show me your full power!”, Perfect Cell double axe-handle punches the opponent. Then, he side kicks the opponent away and flies after them to punch them in their stomach. Finally, Perfect Cell puts his hand forward and knocks the opponent away with a Kiai, inflicting a huge amount of damage. The attack was originally named Fear Me.

Perfect Finisher

Cell slaps his opponent away, leaving them unconscious on the ground, completely helpless. Cell then fires an incredibly powerful Finger Beam at them, dealing massive damage. The attack was used against Vegeta in his Super Perfect Form. It was originally named Time to Die.

Punishment Storm

The attack Cell used to destroy earth’s military. To use it, Cell raises his left hand in the air and charges his energy enough to completely shroud the hand. Cell then fires the attack by turning in a complete circle while swinging his hand, creating many powerful explosions to his surroundings and inflicting a huge amount of damage. It was Originally named All Clear.

Perfect Barrier

Cell’s ultimate defense mechanism. A large purple Ki Barrier that has never been penetrated and damages anything it touches. While very protective, it tires Cell out when used for long periods.

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Death Beam

One of Frieza’s signature techniques. It is a magenta colored laser fired from the finger tip used to quickly and painfully kill targets. Cell uses both the regular and the Barrage variant.

Perfect Death Beam

Originally called Full Power Death Beam. It is a technique Cell got from King Cold. It is a fatter and yellow version of the Death Beam.

Instant Transmission

The ability originally learned by Goku from the Yadrats. Cell used this after his seemingly deathly destruction on King Kai’s planet to return to earth and resume his fight with the Z Fighters.

Spirit Bomb

While never displayed in the Anime or Manga; Cell mentioned that he could use the Spirit Bomb. And he actually shown to in videogames. He is also capable of using the Super Spirit Bomb.


Originally one of Tien’s techniques, Cell used this technique into four parts against Goku but weakened due to the side-effect its ability.

Death Slicer

Originally one of Frieza’s techniques, Cell used this attack against Goku. More commonly known as Death Saucer.

Physic Move

Another one of Frieza’s techniques. It is only used by Cell as an Evasive Technique in the Xenoverse game series.

Death Ball

Cell is also capable of using Frieza’s Death Ball. As well as the advanced Supernova Death Ball.

Hell’s Buster

Also known as All Mighty Lightcage. This is a team attack that he and Frieza developed in Hell together. To use it, both Cell and Frieza begin to glow, then a yellow ki emits from both of their bodies, which then envelops their opponent, trapping him/her in an inescapable ki orb. Then, both the users throws the orb prison down into the deepest part of Hell with the prisoner in it.

This is where the prisoner will suffer the four stages of Enma’s Terrible Torture Tour: Soup Bath of Hell: The victim bathes in a huge pot of soup. This is mainly to embarrass the victim.

  • Ticklish Hands of Hell: The victim is strapped to a chair and is tickled by a group of hands, making him/her to laugh to tears.
  • Boiling Sauna of Hell: The victim is placed in a very hot sauna, boiling him/her alive.
  • Freezing Thundra of Hell: The last stage of Hell. This is where the victim is placed in the middle of a frozen wasteland to freeze. Along with that is a huge machine that encases the victim in soul-laced ice crystals, which gets stronger if struggled against. If the victim is a resident of Other World, then the frozen body can be shattered (but later repaired). If the victim is of the living realm, then the ice would melt due to the living heat energy, and the victim would break free.

Dual Tech

Another team attack with Frieza that combines Friza’s Full Power Death Beam and Cell’s Ultimate Blitz for devastating results.

Cellular Mitosis

Cell uses this to create Cell Jrs. He is also capable of performing the Father-Son Kamehameha with them.

Full Power Death Beam

Originally King Cold’s technique, Cell used this attack to severely injure and kill Trunks.

Earth-Destroying Kamehameha

A much larger and more powerful version of the Super Kamehameha that Cell used desperately against Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.

Perfect Kamehameha

More commonly known as the Solar Kamehameha. It is Cell’s ultimate attack used exclusively in his Super Perfect Form. It is an extremely large Kamehameha that is capable of destroying the entire solar system (hence the name).

Power Level

Cell’s power level is listed at 900,000,000 in Dragon Ball Z: Scouter Battle Kamehameha. However, it increases even higher to 1,079,956,055 in a special mission in the game. Since Super Saiyan 2 is believed to multiply its user’s base form’s power level 100 times what it was originally. And given that Super Perfect Cell is reminiscent of a Super Saiyan 2. Cell’s power level in his Super Perfect form could quite possibly be 90,000,000,000 (or 107,995,605,500 in GT). Or if his Perfect Form is thought of as his Equivalent of a Super Saiyan, it would be 1,800,000,000 (2,159,912,110 in GT).

Forms and Transformations


Cell takes on this form while he is growing in Dr. Gero’s lab, he is completely immobile and does not have any developed features.


Cell, after being born, is already very intelligent and quite powerful compared to other life forms. He is quadrupedal in this state.

Imperfect Cell

Cell’s 1st bipedal form. Cell takes on this form after emerging from his larval state and before absorbing Artificial Humans 17 and 18, in this form Cell possess high power, though not as strong as a Super Saiyan, Super Namek, or any of the Androids. He now has a tail which he can use to absorb other beings in order to gain power. His color palette is emerald green and lime green with black spots and orange sections on the abdomen, back head and mouth, along with black sections on the chest and forehead and an emerald green and black tail and has two wings that are also emerald green with black spots. He also has two sections on his head that are shaped like a boomerang. After absorbing several thousand humans, Cell ends up surpassing both Piccolo and Android 17 and matching 16 in power.

This is Cell’s equivalent of Base Saiyan, Base Namekian, and Restricted Arcosian 1.

Semi-Perfect Cell

Cell’s 2nd bipedal form. Cell takes on this form after absorbing either Artificial Human 17 or 18 as he becomes humanoid, his power skyrockets in this form to be able to outmatch the Saiyans, Namekians, and fellow Androids. Vegeta’s cells take more prominence in this state. He has the same color palette from his Imperfect form, but with black arms and legs and an orange and black tail and the black section on his forehead becomes ball-like and has pink lips and a black section on the upper lip. His feet also became boot-like and the two sections on his head become a straight V-shape. Unlike his previous form and his next form, this form does not have wings. In this form, he is powerful enough to nearly kill 16 with one hit.

This is Cell’s equivalent to Restricted Arcosian 2.

Perfect Cell

Cell’s final form. Cell takes on this form after absorbing both Artificial Humans 17 and 18 and becomes completely humanoid. In this form Cell’s power further skyrockets to surpass even an Ascended Super Saiyan. His color palette is completely light green with dark green spots, yellow, white and black with two purple stripes on his face. He also regains his wings from his Imperfect form, but are completely black instead of emerald green with black spots. He also has the same boot-like feet and the straight V-shaped sections on his head with the black ball-like section on his forehead from his Semi-Perfect form. Unlike his last two forms, his tail is now retracted. In this form he is more powerful than even Full-Power Super Saiyan Goku, but far weaker than Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.

This is Cell’s equivalent to Full-Power Super Saiyan.


This is Cell’s weakest form, he takes this form after absorbing Artificial Human 17, and the absorbing Kuririn by mistake. Cell does not actually use this form and it only appears in a dream he had while waiting for the Cell games. His color palette is orange, yellow, pink, and dark purple instead of light green, yellow, white and black from his Perfect form. This form also resembles a Cell Jr..

This is Cell’s equivalent to Base Human.


A form that Cell takes when he is being outclassed by Super Saiyan 2 Gohan. In this form, Cell’s height doubles, his muscles grow huge and his voice deepens. His power becomes greater and implied to be on par with a Super Saiyan 2 but his speed is slower than any of Cell’s other forms.

This is Cell’s equivalent to Ultra Super Saiyan, Great Namek, and 100% Full Power Frieza.

Super Perfect Cell

Cell’s most powerful form in the anime and manga. Cell takes on this form after receiving a huge Zenkai from blowing himself up. He also regains his Perfect form but gain more saiyan cells, despite losing Android 18 in the fight with Super Saiyan 2 Gohan.

This is Cell’s equivalent to Super Saiyan 2.

Majin Cell

A form displayed in several videogames where he is resurrected by Babidi. Perfect Majin Cell has the power of a Super Saiyan 2, so it is likely that if he went Super Perfect Majin Cell his power would double.

Ghost Warrior

A form that Cell takes after being resurrected by Hatchiyack, his power is amplified due to his hatred of Saiyans.

Villainous Mode

Did you think telling me that little story would somehow make me afraid of you? Well, it hasn’t. It’s only made me more eager to piss you off.
~ Cell (in Villainous Mode)’s response to Gohan wanting to stop the battle.

Like many villains in the game, Cell also gains a Villainous Mode. dark star mode form cell take when he get dark dragon ball and in this form cell is able to over power ssj2 teen gohan


Cell-X is the monster form of Cell in Dragon Ball Heroes and Dragon Ball Online Cell is more of a giant in this form and has four legs making him more insect like.


Victims of Cell
  • Millions of Earthlings(Cell’s timeline): Killed and absorbed by Cell’s absorption technique.
  • Future Trunks(Cell’s Timeline): Killed by cell while being strangled by his tail to use the time machine and to travel back to the past.
  • All residents in Ginger City: Killed by Cell’s absorption technique.
  • Richest man in Ginger City: Killed by Cell’s absorption technique.
  • Millions of earthlings (Main timeline): Killed and absorbed by Cell’s absorption technique.
  • Android 17: Absorbed by Cell which gives him the semi-perfect form, also died when Cell blew himself up after Goku teleported him to King Kai’s planet. Later wished back by the Dragon Balls.
  • Earthlings of tropical islands: Killed by Cell using the Big Bang Crash while blowing up the islands. Revived by the Dragon Balls.
  • ZTV reporter: Killed by Cell’s ki blast.
  • The Royal Defense Force: All of them were killed by Cell just before few days for the Cell Games were about to start.
  • Android 16: Killed when Cell crushes his body first, then broke 16’s head.
  • Goku: Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai’s planet. He was later revived when Elder Kai gave him his life seven years later. Cell also attempted to kill him beforehand by sicing his Cell Juniors onto him.
  • Cell: Blew himself up into pieces when Goku teleported him into King Kai’s planet, but the latter regenerates his whole body.
  • King Kai: Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai’s planet.
  • Bubbles: Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai’s planet.
  • Gregory: Killed when Cell self-destructed, after Goku teleported him to King Kai’s planet.
  • Future Trunks (main timeline): Killed when Cell launches a Full Power Death Beam through the chest. He was later revived back with the Dragon Balls. Cell also tried to murder him during his first attempt to destroy the Earth.


Cell is frequently named one of the best Dragon Ball villains, along with Frieza, Broly, Super Buu, and Goku Black. He gave birth to the Shoop Da Whoop internet meme, which is based on a face he makes while in his second form. Furthermore, many fans expressed a desire to see his return to the series; some even saying that they wished his return instead of Frieza during Super’s Universal Survival Arc. Despite this, he didn’t appear due to being hard to animate.


Once I’ve finished tearing this world into pieces, I’ll just use Goku’s Instant Transmission technique to move onto other planets. That is my destiny! I am the universe’s end!!!
~ Cell


  • When Cell absorbs Android 18, this marks the point in which Dragon Ball Z ‘s sub-theme of tails diminishes. This is seemingly symbolized by Cell’s tail retracting when he transforms into his perfect form.
  • Cell is the second person to succeed in killing Goku, and the first villain to ever kill him, as Piccolo Jr was good when he killed Goku. Both, times were also in part a self-sacrifice by Goku.
  • Of the three main villains (Frieza, Cell, and Buu), he is the only one to not kill Krillin. (Ironically his present counterpart is killed by Krillin) Counting Vegeta, he is one of the two to not kill Krillin.
  • It is interesting to note that Cell has killed Trunks twice and been killed by Trunks twice. The main Cell strangled Trunks of his (Cell’s) future with his tail and killed Trunks of his (Trunks’s) future with a Death Beam, though in this instance he was revived. Cell’s present counterpart was destroyed by Trunks while in larval form, and his counterpart from Trunks’s future was destroyed by Trunks in his Imperfect form, though the main Cell was killed by Gohan.
  • Out of the four main villains of Dragon Ball Z (Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu), Cell is the only one who didn’t have a Spirit Bomb launched at him.
  • In the original manga, Imperfect Cell has three fingers, but in the anime, he has five fingers.
  • Semi-Perfect Cell is the only form of Cell to lack wings.
  • Ironically, despite being created to kill Goku, Cell has the least personal connection to him compared to Frieza and other villains only fighting Goku for sport and they have little hate for each other and have some respect for each other, he is more of an archenemy to Gohan and Future Trunks than he is to Goku. That said, he does hold a grudge against Goku for tricking him into fighting Gohan, knowing that he would lose.
  • The scene in which Cell feels fear upon facing Gohan in the Dragon Ball Z episode “Cell’s Break Down” has become a well-known Internet meme in Latin America. In the Latin Spanish dubbed version of the episode, the Narrator says “At that moment, Cell felt the true terror”, translated as “En ese momento, Cell sintió el verdadero terror”. The meme is commonly used to mock about villains from other franchises before their defeats, stating that they felt the true terror before being defeated/killed.

See Also

  • Cell at the Pure Evil wiki
  • Cell at the Dragon Ball wiki



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