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Dragon Ball: 18 Most Powerful Androids, Ranked

Androids are one of the greatest and most prevalent threats throughout the Dragon Ballsaga. While flesh-and-blood, magically charged, and even divine enemies have reared their ugly heads, it’s the glut of mechanical monstrosities that make up the largest swath of the villainy pool.

Limitless power, nigh-immortality, immense structural integrity and a callous disregard for human life are the hallmarks of this artificial race. They cannot be reasoned with as a single goal consumes their entire being, and they will fight until that goal has been accomplished, no matter how many acts of terror come with it.

It's time to take a look at the cream of the crop of these manufactured nemeses, and rank them accordingly to the potency of their force. We’re taking our picks from the original Dragon Ball, the action-packed Z (with some of its films), and even a few from GT and some obscure ones from the series’ video games.

Our picks were judged not just on their raw power, but their mental acuity as well, not to mention the horrifying consequences of both their physical and mental prowess combined.

So sit back like the humans from Trunk’s desolate future and await your fate at the hands of the 18 Most Powerful Dragon Ball Androids, Ranked!

18 Dr. Kochin

The World’s Strongest is a fantastic Dragon Ball Z movie, taking all the best elements of the series before power levels and transformations jumped the shark. The film is also anchored by the terribly-underrated and utterly terrifying Dr. Wheelo, a cruel scientist with selfish, destructive desires. Of course, he is helped by the eerie Dr. Kochin, his lab assistant.

At first, Kochin appears to be no more than a decrepit old man, but the finale of the film reveals that he’s an android wearing fake skin, who wields a high-powered gatling gun for an arm (much to Krillin’s dismay.)

While certainly nowhere near as physically opposing as other androids or even Dr. Wheelo, Kochin’s explosive energy weapon stored in his cane is nothing to snuff at, nor are his bullet-spewing fingers, especially considering that Resurrection F proved once and for all that even the strongest Z-fighters can succumb to gunshot wounds if they aren’t paying attention.

17 Major Metallitron

One of the earliest androids to threaten peace on planet Earth was Major Metallitron, part of the Red Ribbon Army in the original Dragon Ball.

Clearly taking inspiration from Arnold Schwarzenegger and his infamous portrayal of the Terminator, this bulky, sunglasses-wearing android had some major strength and resilience, even when up against the spritely, freakishly strong kid Goku.

When the two tussled, Metallitron showed off his brute endurance. Even after Goku destroyed the Major’s head, his wrists, impaled him and then head butted right through his body, Metallitron just kept on coming until his batteries finally give out.

It seems Gero hadn’t yet figured out infinite energy just yet, which would be a patented inclusion in future android warriors. At the very least, Metallitron impressed Goku enough for him to think he’d be a great opponent in the World Tournament.

16 Android 8

As another early robotic construct, Android 8 made his debut in Dragon Ball as part of the Red Ribbon Army. Simultaneously designed by Dr. Gero and Dr. Flappe (thanks in part to Gero not being created by Toriyama just yet), Android 8 greatly resembled Frankenstein’s monster, but in a short of cutesy way.

Unlike more menacing androids, 8 is kind-hearted and strikes up a friendship with the young Goku. The Red Ribbon Army, displeased with his lack of desire to kill the youth, attempted to execute Goku.

Seeing this enraged 8 and, despite his gentle, peace-loving nature, revealed that he was incredibly powerful after all. In fact, he may be even more powerful than Goku at this point, according to the little Saiyan himself.

Turning his rage against the villainous General White, he knocked the officer far out of Muscle Tower, and then proceeded to destroy the tower itself, essentially eliminating a large chunk of the Red Ribbon Army’s strength.

15 Android 19

Android 19 may be one of the weaker entrants on this list, but he makes up for it by being inescapably and uncomfortably creepy. That emotionless, doll-like face, the deceptive, rotund exterior, and that horrifying, baby-like voice make for a memorable enemy, even if he’s outclassed by almost every one else in the rankings.

Despite his comparatively weak stature, however, he’s still not to be underestimated. With an already fairly high base combat value, 19 is also armed with energy-draining devices, which allow him to increase his power by lethally siphoning the life force out of others, which he used to great effect to give Goku a sound beating (although our favorite Saiyan was dealing with a radical heart disease at the time).

What makes Android 19 more dangerous than his fighting abilities, though, are his cognitive ones. Created by Dr. Gero, and then ordered to turn his creator into an android as well, we know that 19’s intellect is at least comparable to the mad doctor’s immense knowledge, which is a scary thought.

14 Android 20

Finally we come to the man himself, Dr. Gero. A truly overlooked villain, Dr. Gero is a text book mad scientist. Consumed by rage by the defeat of the Red Ribbon Army at the hands of Goku, Gero dedicated his android-making skills to exacting revenge on the Saiyan, no matter the cost, or how long it would take for his plans to come to fruition.

In fact, these plans took so long that Gero needed to turn himself into an android so that he wouldn’t die from old age before he could unleash his hellish creations onto the world-- and what a collection of hellish creations they were.

While only marginally more powerful than 19 in terms of combat strength, Dr. Gero was able to concoct and create some of the most powerful beings in the entire Dragon Ball saga.

Ranging from basic droids to entities that could even overwhelm even Frieza, one should take comfort in the fact that he was eliminated by Androids 17 and If he had been allowed to live on indefinitely as an android, who knows what deity-defying creations he would have been able to concoct as technology continued to advance.

13 Android 14

Debuting in the film Super Android 13!, Android 14 stands out when partnered up with the eccentrically dressed Android The fourteenth android is tall, grey-skinned, and well-toned. His face maintains a cool, calculated look, and he looks ready to brawl at any time.

While not mind-blowingly strong, Android 14 proves his looks aren’t just for show, as he is able to take on the combined efforts of both Goku and Trunks who, even without transforming into Super Saiyans, are exceptional warriors.

Android 14 possesses some superb dexterity as well, being able to effectively counter Trunk’s iconic sword, easily overpowering the maneuver without missing a step. Even more impressive, Android 14 was able to still go toe-to-toe with Trunks after he ascended to a Super Saiyan, a form which typically signaled a death sentence.

While the golden-haired warrior from the future was indeed the harbinger of 14’s doom, his diminutive partner in crime posed a far greater threat than this stone-faced giant.

12 Android 15

Where Androids 19 and 20 looked bizarre with their ornate clothing, Android 15 takes things to the next level by easily being the oddest looking Android in the franchise-- even when compared to the typical-teen look of Androids 17 and

A short gentlemen wearing what's best described as a puffy pimp hat and trench coat, along with a nice pair of sunglasses adorning his face, this menace also appears to have a soft spot for alcoholic beverages, as he’s seen sipping from a flask.

Behind the surreal and well-dressed exterior, however, Android 15 is a powerful force. Where 14 was thwarted by Super Saiyan Trunks, 15 is able to combat Goku, Trunk and Vegeta simulataneously without breaking too much of a sweat. He could even rival Vegeta’s Super Saiyan form, going so far as to hurt the Saiyan Prince and knock him out of the golden state before his eventual defeat.

11 Androids and

In the incredibly obscure and often bizarre Dragon Ball Online, the Earth, centuries after the Buu Saga, has learned the secrets of ki manipulation thanks to a book by Gohan and various martial arts schools from Krillin, Tien and more. Crazier yet, Namekians now live on Earth, as do a race of Majin.

Of course, a threat now looms for Earth in the form of a time-travelling villain named Mira, but the planet's suped-up populace is ready to rumble.

Part of Mira’s forces are the “Red Pants Army,” an off-shoot of Red Ribbon. A member of this group is Android , an advanced version of Android 19, who is allied with Android , a futuristic model of Android 8.

Unfortunately, very little information exists regarding DBO, so it’s incredibly difficult to appropriately gauge both and ’s power levels. The best we can do is assume that, since the earth is populated by super powerful humans, Namekians, Majin and more, these enemies must have greatly enhanced abilities in order to pose a threat to the people.

10 Android 13

While Androids 14 and 15 fought the Z-fighters to the death, Android 13 was being diligently completed by Dr. Gero’s hidden supercomputer. Keeping up with the eccentric looks of his brethren, Android 13 has a penchant for a baseball cap and suspenders, and his personality is that of a redneck. We’re not sure what Dr. Gero’s supercomputer was thinking while it designed 13 and his immediate brethren, but okay then.

The fourteenth and fifteenth android models, while tough, both succumbed to the power of Super Saiyans. Android 13, on the other hand, was not so easily fazed. He and Goku, 13’s main target, brutally grappled despite the Saiyan’s transformation, and 13 even boasted that he’s capable of blowing up half of the Earth if he so chose to.

This is very impressive, especially considering that 14 and 15 seemed to lack this ability, but Android 13’s ultimate strength comes from his ability to strategize, think on his feet and, most critically, improvise when necessary.

9 Android 17

Android 17 is the ultimate bad boy of the Dragon Ball series. A rebellious teenager with a bad attitude, don’t let his handkerchief or jeans fool you: 17 is a ruthless killer. Deriving pleasure from massacring as many human lives as possible, Android 17 combines his bloodlust with the reckless thrill-seeking of a deranged teenager, such as driving a stolen car into crowds of people.

Unfortunately for humanity, his inexhaustible energy source and super-strength allow him to carry out his sickest deeds with little thought in regards to repercussions or being stopped.

One half of the duo responsible for the nightmare future that Trunks initially travels from, 17 and his sister, 18, have the world on its knees and have eliminated the world’s toughest fighters.

Even after being warned, the Z-fighters, including the Super Saiyans, are almost no match for He routinely demonstrates fighting skills and power levels that put the predecessors on this list to shame.

His most frightening quality, however, is his utter callousness and pleasure-seeking. He just wants to have fun, and it just so happens his idea of “fun” is wanton genocide.

8 Android 18

Android 18 is Android 17’s twin sister. Another stereotypical teenage menace coupled with practically unrivaled power, she’s just as bad-- if not worse-- than her brother.

Responsible for a dark and distant future where she and her twin laid waste to humanity and the Z-fighters, 18 demonstrates the same hatred for humanity that 17 does, but significantly differs from him in some respects.

Where 17 is almost fully consumed by lust for destruction and mayhem, 18 routinely finds herself bored by her brother’s meticulousness, and can even put her objectives aside to enjoy trying on new clothes, even going as far as to offer mercy to the dresser, and subsequently getting angry that 17 killed the man anyway.

Despite her propensity to think for herself, 18 is still an ultra-powerful killing machine, able to single-handedly outfight Super Saiyans and others with little effort. And while it seems feasible that both she and 17 have identical power levels, series creator Akira Toriyama says that a glitch in 17’s programming caused him to be weaker, while 18 has full access to her potential. So much for sibling rivalry.

7 Androids , , , Perfect 16, Cell 17

Dragon Ball Fusions is a brilliant-if-not-odd 3DS game which, like its title suggests, focuses heavily on the concept of fusion to create all kinds of unique and powerful fighters. Even more intriguing is that it completely deviates from the storyline of the manga or anime, opting instead for an original story.

Because of the focus on fusions, there are countless characters that are blisteringly powerful, and the combined android forces are near the top tier. The likes of Androids 16 and 17 can combine, along with 17 and 18, 19 and 20, Cell and 16, and Cell and As you can imagine, these new characters take the best and most dangerous aspects of both parties, and forge them into an exceptional fighting force.

Knowing how fusions in DBZ work, it’s safe to assume these fused warriors are capable to taking on numerous top-rank fighters, but due to the completely non-canon approach to the gameplay and plot, we just don’t have enough info to put them any higher on the list.

6 Meta-Cooler

Frieza’s fratricidal and definitely-not-soft brother, Cooler was already more mature and powerful than Frieza at the time of his demise. However, despite the fact that Frieza would eventually surpass him in the absurd Ressurection F, Cooler still managed to have a stint as an all-powerful android god that was infinitely superior to Frieza’s lame cyborg reconstruction.

In The Return of Cooler, it’s revealed that the Big Gete Star and Cooler’s remains fused together, which allowed the villain to be reborn as an army of android versions of himself, while his consciousness commanded the core of Big Gete itself.

After threatening New Namek, the Z-fighters go to investigate, and it’s here that a single Meta-Cooler lays waste to Goku, easily repelling the Super Saiyan warrior and only being defeated because of Vegeta’s interference. The victory was short-lived, however, as the massive army of Meta-Coolers revealed themselves and engaged our heroes.

While likely not as powerful as 17 or 18 alone, the fact that he can instantly repair his body, along with creating an endless, hive-mind army severely tips the scales in Meta-Cooler’s favor, with only a last ditch effort to overload the Gete Star being able to wipe him out entirely.

5 Android 16

Android 16 is somewhat of an oddity on this list, as he is not inherently evil. Modeled after Gero’s dead son, 16 was designed to be non-violent so that he wouldn’t be destroyed fighting.

Of course, he was also considered a mere prototype without full programming, so it’s highly likely that given the time to be completed, 16 would have used his enormous wells of strength against Goku, who appeared to be his intended target.

With immense physical strength and resilience, explosive arm cannons, and a cataclysmically powerful self-destruct device, 16 is an opponent that could wipe floor with nearly any adversary.

Assuredly more powerful than 17 and 18, Android 16 is canonically superior to Android 13, and is apparently near the same power level of Imperfect Cell, who he manages to defeat. Unfortunately, despite his superior strength, Cell would eventually get the upperhand after transforming, decapitating Ironically, this would be a trigger for Cell’s eventual downfall, as 16’s demise would allow Gohan to achieve Super Saiyan 2.

4 Super Android 13

Despite looking and sounding like a redneck, Android 13 had the exceptional ability to improvise in his most dire situation, and improvise he did. Harnessing components from the destroyed bodies of Androids 14 and 15, Android 13 transformed himself into the titular Super Android 13, and with this maneuver, brought forth an overwhelming amount of power and durability.

Where Super Saiyans have been outmatched, even if only slightly, by the likes of Androids 17 and 18, or even the extraterrestrial Meta-Cooler, Super Android 13 is not only able to outmatch a Super Saiyan, but three simultaneously. He remains entirely unharmed after Trunks, Vegeta and Goku, and even the ultra-powerful post-Kami-fusion Piccolo throw a barrage of attacks his way.

After 13 shattered Trunks’ sword and resisted all other aggressive assaults, Goku barely managed to destroy him by creating a Spirit Bomb and then absorbing that power back into himself to obliterate the rampaging super android with a single hit, a maneuver that “last ditch effort” doesn’t even begin to describe.

3 Cell

Dr. Gero’s ultimate creation, the bio-android Cell was a combination of the cells of the Z-fighters and the good doctor’s technical mastery. A truly terrifying artificial lifeform, Cell would absorb his victims’ energy through his tail, and eventually did the same to both Androids 18 and 17, allowing him to complete himself and become “perfect,” undergoing a tremendous transformation.

Where he was incredibly skilled and powerful before becoming “perfect,” his ultimate form was a nightmare for Earth and its defenders. Using the techniques of those who his genetic material was comprised of, he was easily the most powerful tool to fulfill Dr. Gero’s legacy, and also the perfect counter against those that would oppose him.

Able to go head-to-head with even a Super Saiyan 2, Cell used familiar and cherished techniques like the Kamehameha and, most troublingly, Piccolo’s regeneration against Earth’s Special Forces. A manmade creation able to rival a Super Saiyan 2 is troubling enough to consider, but the fact that he knew most of his enemies better than they knew themselves was even worse.

2 Android 21

We’re going to be honest here: we don’t know too much about Android 21 just yet. Playing a pivotal role in upcoming (and awesome-looking) Dragon Ball FighterZ, there is one thing we can say for sure: she is incredibly power.

This is confirmed as much in a Gameinformer interview, where the developers specifically designed her to be able to combat the strongest of the strong from DBZ’s main cast of characters.

With the game featuring a Golden Frieza and the Super Saiyan Blue forms of Goku and Vegeta, it’s safe to say that Android 21 is able to go up against god-like forces of nature and hold her own.

What’s especially disconcerting, specifically for those who defend our planet, is that she seems to not only rival the mental power of Dr. Gero, but greatly surpass him. The man who created beings so powerful they rivaled Super Saiyan 2’s has now been outdone by a creation who can rival gods, and if that isn’t a terrifying thought, we don’t know what is.

1 Super 17

GT has a lot of problems, but it also has some great ideas, the best of which are its villains. Despite the actual story concepts failing to pan out appropriately, GT was still able to deliver us the supreme android in the form of Super 17, who was concocted by Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu in the pits of Hell.

They managed to create a duplicate of Android 17, and then fused him together with the 17 still on Earth, which resulted in the lanky, incomparably powerful android champion.

Considering GT’s dubious relation to the canon of the franchise, it’s arguable that Android 21’s god-level fighting skills dwarf those of Super 17, but then again, GT was filled with ludicrous, earth-shattering power levels, and we know for sure that Super 17 was able to go up against Super Saiyan 4 Goku, who is essentially a god-like entity.

Crazier yet, Super 17 was almost able to defeat the ultra-powerful SSJ4, and would have succeeded if it weren’t for the good part of 17 subtly revealing the villain’s weakness long enough for Goku to exploit it and save the day.

What do you think? Who is the strongest android in Dragon Ball? Sound off in the comments!


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Dragon Ball Z (season 4)

Season of television series

Dragon Ball Z
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Country of originJapan
No. of episodes32
Original networkFuji Television
Original releaseSeptember 18, &#;()&#;–
May 13, &#;()

Season 3

Season 5

List of episodes

The fourth season of the Dragon Ball Z anime series contains the Garlic Jr., Future Trunks, and Dr. Gero arcs, which comprises Part 1 of the Android Saga. The episodes are produced by Toei Animation, and are based on the final 26 volumes of the Dragon Ballmanga series by Akira Toriyama.

The episode season originally ran from September to May in Japan on Fuji Television. The first English airing of the series was on Cartoon Network where Funimation Entertainment's dub of the series ran from November to October The episodes also aired in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland.[citation needed]

Funimation released the season in a box set on February 19, and in June , announced that they would be re-releasing Dragon Ball Z in a new seven volume set called the "Dragon Boxes". Based on the original series masters with frame-by-frame restoration, the first set was released November 10, [1]

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Normal androids: purely mechanical; do not require food or water.
Cyborgs: have the same diet as humans.
Bio-androids: the bio-matter gathered from absorbing victims.

Androids (,Jinzōningen, lit. "Artificial Human") are robotic/cyborg humans, most of which were created by the evil scientist Dr. Gero. Most of the androids are said to have unlimited energy and eternal life. Due to their inorganic nature, they, or at least the ones created by Dr. Gero, except for Cell, also have no detectable aura unlike Saiyans, Humans, and others, so they cannot be directly tracked using Scouters or Ki Sense. The only one that can be sensed&#;via Ki Sense is Gero's ultimate creation, Cell.

In Dragon Ball Fusions, those that are modelled after Earthlings are considered part of the Earthling race, while Mira is considered an Offworlder due to being modelled after the Demon Realm race, Android 76 a Namekian due to being based on Namekians, and Mecha Goku a Saiyan due to being modelled after Goku. Bio-Androids such as Cell and the Cell Juniors are classified as Earthlings, presumably due to being created on Earth despite their extraterrestrial cells.


Universe 7

Androids serve as main villains during the Android conflict, each serving a purpose of their own. Originally, all of the androids were planned to be used to kill Goku, however, most of the androids turned to the good side or are destroyed. However, in Future Trunks' Alternate Timeline, the androids succeed in their plans for world destruction, managing to kill all of the main Dragon Team members (except for Goku, who dies of a heart virus, and Gohan, who survives but is killed 13 years later) until finally being destroyed by Trunks almost 20 years later. However, all these android models may be powerful, but they can be easily beaten if they let their guard down.


There are three models of androids seen in the series, according to their power supplies:

  1. The Infinite Energy Model (タイプ,Eikyū-shiki Taipu, lit. "Eternal Model Type"): the kind with no drawbacks and an unlimited power supply (such as #8, #16, #17 and #18). This type was said to be more difficult to control (Dr. Gero explains that in order for their infinite energy reactors to function, he had to disable the behavioral limiters wired into their firmware). They are immune to being directly detected via Ki Sense or Scouters due to lacking a ki-signature. However, they can be detected indirectly via their opponents' ki. Androids #17 and #18 are special cases, because they had special infinite power cores, which is required by the Bio-Android, Cell, through absorption of the cyborg duo to reach his Perfect Form. Since they are human-based, these android models can increase their power and get stronger if they train, and still retain their organic reproductive systems, allowing them to reproduce (as in the case of Android #18 giving birth to a healthy daughter, Marron). Despite having no drawbacks and infinite energy and stamina, these androids can still be parred on or even be outclassed by non-android opponents in strength and power, if they do not train that is (Examples when Future Trunks easily destroys Future 17 and 18 with little effort, when Cell easily dominates Present 17 and later, Present 18, and when the God of Destruction, Beerus knocks the latter out by elbowing her from behind). Regardless, they can be vulnerable to attacks if they let their guard down.
  2. The Energy Absorption Model (エネルギー,Enerugī Kyūshū-shiki): the kind which requires constant intake of energy, usually stolen from victims, to keep their power reservoir from draining, which would cause the android to malfunction (such as #19 and #20).[1] The more energy they absorb from their victims, the stronger they get. Curiously, Dr. Gero oversees his configuration into the latter, rather than the type with no apparent limitations (though it is implied by #18 that this is because the energy-absorbing model is easier to control). This model, like the other Android models (exempting Bio-Androids), is immune to being directly detected by Ki Sense or Scouters due to lacking a ki-signature. However, they can be detected indirectly due to the depleting ki-signature of the victim. These androids can be possibly vulnerable if they let their guard down.
  3. The third kind whose energy exists and circulates as a form of organic ki similar to that of naturally born beings, Bio-Androids (such as Cell and the Cell Juniors), New Type Androids (like Android 21) and Clones (such as Clone Frieza) are the types like this. These androids can be tracked by ki sense, though as Cell proves, they in turn can also learn to sense other's ki as well as mask their own ki signature to elude pursuit, just as organics can. In the case of Cell and all bio-androids based on him, their organic ki is derived from the cells of powerful Saiyans, a Namekian and mutant members of Frieza's race.
  • There are also hybrids of the models, such as Super 17, who is both an Infinite Energy Model Android and an Energy Absorption Model Android.


There are four types of androids seen in the series, according to their "base" or materials:

  1. Biotechnological Type Androids (バイオタイプ,Baio-taipu): "modified humans" and "cyborgs", androids made from an original organic (usually a human) as a base (such as #8(according to some guides), #13(according to a game), #17, #18 and #20). Since they are human-based, they can become stronger if they train. Despite being referred to as "Androids", other than #20 they possess little to no robotic parts and the alterations to their being are simply a result of their organic matter being reconstructed.[2] Though they do not need to eat, they do need to hydrate. Also, their cells deteriorate slowly, so they age slowly too.[3]
  2. Mechanical Type Androids (メカタイプ,Meka-taipu): "total artificial construct types", "robots" or "mecha-types"[4], androids which were made up completely from mechanical parts (such as Major Metallitron, #8(according to Akira Toriyama), #13(according to a guidebook), #14, #15, #16 and #19). For some reason, the totally artificial ones have a blood-like liquid crimson substance, presumably a kind of power oil.
  3. Bio-Androids (バイオ,Baio-Jinzōningen), androids constructed either through biological engineering or as clones spawned from other bio-androids rather than from machine parts and/or a human base (Cell and the Cell Juniors).
  4. New Type Androids: a superior type of Bio-Android with a higher performance. The only example of this type being #21, who possess the cells of numerous humans, the Z Fighters, Frieza, all of the cells that Cell is made from, and also the good and evil Majin Buus. 21 can absorb others using Majin Buu's Transfiguration Beam.

As the most developed bio-android with the most versatile energy source, Cell also possess elements of the first two android power supply types as well. For one, he is able to absorb the energy of others and integrate them into his being through his tail, either by sucking them up or swallowing them whole. The latter method actually transforms him into a stronger state, and if he absorbs both #17 and #18 this way, he evolves into a highly potent form he describes as "perfection". Also, his cells can store memory of any form of power they ever taste, allowing him to return to that form if he should ever nearly become vaporized after losing it. Thanks to this and combined with the Saiyan PowerRegeneration of his Saiyan cell properties, he can in fact return from near death even stronger than ever before no matter how severely he should be weakened beforehand.

Universe 3

Universe 3 is a universe populated by cyborgs, modified beings, and machines. The God of Destruction itself is a robot like being named Mosco, who is actually a robot suit used by Mule, the real God of Destruction. The universe's team during the Tournament of Power: Team Universe 3 is made up of modified warriors, cyborgs and robots. When Team Universe 3 lost in the Tournament of Power, the Androids were erased with the rest of Universe 3. They were later revived when the erased universes were restored.


There are several types of Android present in Universe 3.

  1. Old robot: robots who cannot speak outside of beeps, the only one of these seen is the God of Destruction Mosco; the robot piloted by Mule.
  2. Modified warrior: robots and cyborgs who are modified to have combat capabilities, Nigrissi and Narirama are examples of modified warriors.

Red Ribbon Army series

Main article: Red Ribbon Androids

  • Android 1 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 2 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 3 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 4 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 5 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 6 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 7 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 8 – Created by Dr. Gero (and Dr. Flappe in the anime), now living at Jingle Village.
  • Android 9 – In Dragon Ball Online, Android 9 is a giant robot replica of Commander Red. In Dragon Ball SD, Android 9 is an Android version of Akio Iyoku labeled as "Iyo-ku-gō" (a play on the name of the V-Jump Editor-in-Chief's name).
  • Android 10 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 11 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 12 – Considered a failure and destroyed.
  • Android 13 – Completed by Dr. Gero's Supercomputer. Does not appear in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion.
  • Android 14 – Completed by Dr. Gero's Super Computer. Does not appear in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion; destroyed by Future Trunks in Super Android 13!
  • Android 15 – Completed by Dr. Gero's Super Computer. Does not appear in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion; destroyed by Vegeta in Super Android 13!
  • Android 16 – Purely robotic with incomplete programming. Destroyed by Perfect Cell during the Cell Games.
  • Android 17 – A cyborg, he was considered a failure. Resurrected and living in peace with his wife and children as a park ranger. Participated in the Tournament of Power. Fused with Hell Fighter 17 in Dragon Ball GT.
    • Future Android 17 – A cyborg, considered a failure. Reigned terror on Earth for nearly 20 years until eventually destroyed by Future Trunks.
    • Hell Fighter 17 – Machine mutant, fused with Android
  • Android 18 – A cyborg, she was considered a failure by Dr. Gero. Living in peace with Krillin. Participated in the Tournament of Power.
    • Future Android 18 – A cyborg, considered a failure. Reigned terror on Earth for nearly 20 years until eventually destroyed by Future Trunks.
  • Android 19 – Purely robotic, considered a success, destroyed by Vegeta.
  • Android 20 – Robotic body of Dr. Gero with the organic brain of the late doctor installed in the head. Android 20 was destroyed by Android 17 and then again by Super
  • Android 21 - A female new type Bio-Android created from the human mother of Dr. Gero's son and incorporated with the cells of countless researcher and fighters that appear insatiable hunger to consume others due to her cells going out of control. Has little to no memory of her human life after becoming a Bio-Android beyond that she was the mother of Android 16's human template.
    • Android 21 (Good) - The good half of Android 21 after a fission that is the manifestation of Android 21's "heart" or true original personality. Refuses to give into her hunger and opposes her evil counterpart.
    • Android 21 (Evil) - The evil half of Android 21 after a fission that is the manifestation of Android 21's evil persona. Absorbs Cell shortly after her fission which alters her appearance and increases her power. Sees all other beings as food.
  • Android 25 – A female Android who is the Android "Elite" avatar in Dragon Ball Heroes, and who was named in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.
  • Android 26 – A male Android who is the Android "Hero" avatar in Dragon Ball Heroes, and who was named in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.
  • Android 33 – An Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions. Classified as an Earthling in Dragon Ball Fusions.
  • Android 44 – An Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions. Classified as an Earthling in Dragon Ball Fusions.
  • Android 55 – An Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions. Classified as an Earthling in Dragon Ball Fusions.
  • Android 76 – A Namekian Android created from Dr. Gero's villain database and a playable character in Dragon Ball Fusions. Classified as a Namekian in Dragon Ball Fusions due to being modeled after the Namekian race.
  • Android – An android in Dragon Ball Online, based off Android 8.
  • Android – An android in Dragon Ball Online, based off Android
  • Major Metallitron – Created by the Red Ribbon Army, destroyed by Goku and again by Pan, and may have not been made by Dr. Gero.
  • Dr. Gero's Prototype Androids – Early test models. A superior Super Prototype Android model also existed.
  • Knight Destroyer - The older and more powerful variant of the Destroyer. It possessed several variants: Metal Hulk and Shadow Colossus. Pilaf's Guardian was also a Knight Destroyer.
  • Destroyer - Mass-produced military robot. It possessed several variants: Red Destroyer, Green Destroyer, Gold Destroyer, Annihilator and Death Machine.
  • Clones - Dark mindless fast grown clones of powerful warriors created by Android
    • Clone Friezas - Clones of the tyrant Frieza. One obedient and intelligent Clone of Mecha Frieza is created by Dr. Gero in Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors. The ones created by Android 21 are mindless clones of Frieza that appear as enemies in Dragon Ball FighterZ.
    • Clone Cells - Mindless Bio-Android clones of Perfect Cell.
    • Clone Buu - Fast grown clones of Majin Buu, which due to the unruly nature of Majin cells are essentially heartless Pure Majins that are simply another pure incarnation of Kid Buu inheriting his personality and mannerisms due to the dormant power of Kid Buu being present in the cells of Good Buu.

Main article: Bio-Android

  • Cell – Bio-mechanical, killed by Gohan.
    • Present Cell – Main timeline version of Cell, destroyed by Krillin and Future Trunks.
    • Future Cell – Alternate timeline version of Cell, killed by Future Trunks.
  • Cell Juniors – Bio-Androids who are the offspring of Cell, destroyed by Gohan.
  • Super 17 w/ Cell absorbed – The form Super 17 takes after absorbing the Bio-Android Cell. The form appears in Dragon Ball Heroes only.
  • Genome – A Bio-Android who is the Android "Berserker" avatar in Dragon Ball Heroes, and who was named in Dragon Ball Heroes: Victory Mission.

Other Androids

  • Asura Robot - The MB Army's ultimate weapon.
  • Arale Norimaki – Created by Senbei Norimaki in Dr. Slump and is the first successfully built android.
  • Caramel Man series – The Android series created by Dr. Mashirito and his son in Dr. Slump.
    • Obotchaman – Created by Dr. Mashirito and is based on the same design plans that made Arale. Originally known as Caramel Man though was later redubbed Caramel Man after Dr. Mashirito brainwashed him to be a loyal evil Android.
    • Abale - Created by Dr. Mashirito Jr. to be Arale's evil opposite though she simply has a rebellious "bad girl" persona and isn't evil. Also known as Caramel Man 23.
  • Heyun Robot - a machine soldier in Dragon Boy who has guarded Heyun for the past years.
  • Pirate Robots - Combat robots created by pirates to protect their treasure, the one that appeared in Dragon Ball was numbered "2" on its legs. A variant numbered "3" appears in Dragon Ball Online. Several other variants appear throughout the video games.
  • Dr. Kochin – Movie character, accidentally destroyed by Dr. Wheelo (knocked him into a chasm where he exploded).
  • Tuffle Machines
  • Seven-Three - OG is a powerful artificial being created on a planet with advanced technology and science.
  • Pusherbot
  • HWM X
  • Compression - A member of the Guard Troops. It also has several variants.
  • Mecha Goku - A metallic android duplicate of Goku created by Bulma to be a training partner for Vegeta to use in Dragon Ball Fusions. Capable of transforming into Super Mecha Goku, which resembles Goku's Super Saiyan form and causes Mecha Goku's metallic body to turn golden. Classified as a Saiyan in Dragon Ball Fusions due to being modeled after the pure-Saiyan Goku.
  • Zeno Orb - Mass produced mechanical flying drones modelled after Zeno's head that he uses to observe battles in Dragon Ball Heroes and World Mission.
  • Lulu - A robot that provides Tutorial and Puzzle Missions for members of the Dragon Ball Heroes Team.
  • Moll - A robot that allows the Dragon Ball Heroes Team to play Zeni to play minigames for prizes.
  • Rill - The robot clerk that runs the Item Shop in Hero Town.
  • Zaus - A small robotic dinosaur that lives in Hero Town. Has access to a lot of historical data and other information which he will provide if spoken to.
  • Mira's Robots - Specialized robots that are under the command of Mira.
  • Mechanoid - An enemy in Buu's Fury
    • Crook - The Warlord's right-hand man.
    • Power Mechanoid - An upgraded version of the Mechanoid.
  • Machine Mutants
  • Time Breaker cyborg
    • Octopapa – Turned into a cyborg by the Time Breakers and put in charge of a cave near the location of Cell-X in Dragon Ball Online.
Non-Human Androids

Main article: Bio-Warrior

Universe 3
  • Mosco - An old robot used by Mule to act as the God of Destruction of Universe 3.
  • Borareta - Robot, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Koitsukai - Robot, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Pancéa - Robot, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Narirama - Robot, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Biarra - Robot, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Catopesra - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Maji-Kayo - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Nigrissi - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Paparoni - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Za Priccio - Cyborg, member of Team Universe 3.
  • Koicéareta - Fusion warrior of Koitsukai, Borareta and Pancéa.
  • Agnilasa - Fusion warrior of Koitsukai, Borareta, Pancéa and Paparoni.


Super Android

Certain Androids have shown the ability to take on a form labeled "Super Android". In the anime and movies, the only Super Androids shown are Super Android 13 and Super Android 17, both obtaining their forms by merging with other Androids in order to increase their power.

Bio-Android forms

Main article: Bio-Android transformations

God Power

Main article: God Class-up In Dragon Ball Heroes, the Android Hero Nimu and the Android Elite Nico are capable of taking on a god state like all of the other avatars using God Power.

Super Mecha

Main article: Metal Super Saiyan In Dragon Ball Fusions, Mecha Goku can transform into his Super Mecha form which is a transformation modeled after Super Saiyan Goku. Causes his hair to spike up like Goku's Super Saiyan form and causes his body to turn gold.


Main article: Supervillain In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, by using Towa's Dark Magic to shave off a bit of life force, Perfect Cell and Metal Cooler can transform into their Supervillain forms which cause them to gain a black & white aura along with glowing pink eyes, and a glowing Time Breaker symbol on their forehead. Mira also takes on this form by overcoming his power limiter, even though doing so recklessly causes him to start overheating and according to Towa, will eventually cause him to self-destruct, producing an explosion that she surmises could threaten to wipe out the universe.

Golden Frieza

Main articles: Cosmic Suit and Golden Frieza In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, members of Frieza's Race can utilize their Turn Golden form in conjunction with their cybernetic modifications.

During the Universal Conflict Saga, Cooler is cybernetically rebuilt into a Meta-Cooler by Fu. As Cooler had previously acquired his Golden Cooler form, Meta-Cooler can transform into Golden Meta-Cooler though if he remains in that form for too long his cybernetics will overheat.


DBZ Android Saga Theatrical Cut

16 Dragon Ball Androids, Ranked From Weakest To Strongest

Over the course of the entire Dragon Ball franchise, there have been quite a few androids, but which of these artificially enhanced beings is the strongest?

Here's a fun fact that Dragon Ball fans might not know, Androids were first introduced in Dragon Ball, not Dragon Ball Z. Though Androids 17 and 18, as well as Cell, were big parts of the sequel series, the concept of Android warriors were first introduced in the Red Ribbon Army saga. After this saga, Androids were pretty much forgotten about until the Android saga of Dragon Ball Z, and by then they were much more powerful, which raises the question of which Android is the strongest of them all.

There have been plenty of Androids introduced in the Dragon Ball franchise over the course of multiple series and movies and countless video games, giving us a long list to look through to determine which are the strongest. Granted, some of these Androids might not be % canonical, but we wanted to take some of the most interesting artificial warriors that the franchise had to offer, so we pulled from multiple installments. We're going to be measuring the strength, power and battle experience of these characters to find out which is the strongest android of them all. Will it be the cyborg types? The bio androids? Or something entirely new? Check out our ranking of all the Dragon Ball androids, from weakest to strongest.


We all know about Androids 16 through 20, but did you ever wonder what happened to the numbers before them? Well, Dr. Gero went through quite the trial and error process when creating Androids for the Red Ribbon Army; most of the ones before 16 were considered failures and were destroyed. There were a few exceptions, we'll get to them later, but most of the early series Androids were unsuccessful.

Though we never actually saw these androids, the early numbered series were most likely humanoid in appearance, as the name "android" implies, and due to a low battle power or malfunctioning systems, they were considered to be failures. Because of this, we're gonna count all the failed androids as one entry and place them at the bottom of the ranking.


The very first Android introduced in the Dragon Ball franchise was Major Metallitron. Major Metallitron was an Android created by the Red Ribbon Army, though most likely not by Dr. Gero, as he wasn't part of the numbered series. Metallitron was presented as Goku's second challenge in Muscle Tower, proving to be a tough enemy to beat.

Even when Goku blew off Metallitron's head with a Kamehameha, the android kept going, not stopping even when he had a hole punctured through him. Metallitron was actually the first enemy that Goku faced that wasn't easily defeated by a Kamehameha. This proves how strong the android was, but that strength is dampened by the fact that Metallitron ran on batteries, and after losing power, he was easily defeated.


Not long after we met Major Metallitron, we met Android 8, the very first numbered series Android to be introduced into the world of Dragon Ball. He was apparently the first to be considered a success, though not for long. Android 8 refused to fight Goku due to his kind and caring nature, which is why Ninja Murasaki threatened to detonate the bomb inside of him unless he attacked.

Android 8 was saved from detonation by Goku, who took care of Ninja Murasaki and later the bomb inside Android 8. Android 8 in turn protected and helped Goku, showing his true strength. Android 8 is incredibly physically strong and durable, able to shield Goku from bullets and take on the likes of Major Metallitron, placing him higher in the power ranking.


When Future Trunks came to the past, it was with the warning that two Androids would soon show up and destroy everything. He expected Androids 17 and 18 to be these two androids, but the timeline he arrived in was slightly different. Instead, Dr. Gero himself shows up as a cybernetic android along with the completely artificial Android

Both Androids were ki-absorption models, and Android 19 proved to be a particularly tough opponent, especially if he got close enough to absorb his target's energy. Android 19 might have been strong, so strong that it took a Super Saiyan Vegeta to defeat him, but due to the fact that he had to absorb ki from others in order to actually fight, his ranking comes down quite a bit.


Like Android 19, Dr. Gero's cybernetic android form was of the ki-absorption model, meaning he was reliant on the energy of others for most of his attacks. However, this doesn't mean he was powerless on his own, and his strength and durability proved to be quite the challenge for Krillin, Tien and Yamcha. Android 20 even managed to take a direct hit from Goku in his base fom with little to no damage.

However, Android 20 was still not as strong as some of his other creations, especially not Androids 16, 17 and After Piccolo removed his weighted clothing, he was easily able to take on this Android, leaving him a broken mess. Android 20 managed to get away long enough to activate his greatest creations, though they did destroy him immediately, the brilliant doctor standing no chance against Androids 17 and


You might be asking, "who the heck is Arale Norikami?" and that's a fair question, since she's not technically from the Dragon Ball franchise. Before Akira Toriyama created Dragon Ball, he had a comedy manga called Dr. Slump, about the titular doctor and his android daughter, Arale. Arale is technically the world's first successful Android, and as Toriyama moved on to Dragon Ball, he found ways to include Arale in the series.

Arale is incredibly strong and has fought and held her own against both Vegeta and Goku, which tempted us to put her at the top of the list -- she did break the Earth in half with her fist after all. However, based on the fact that her dangerous strength is meant to be a gag, as is her ability to defeat enemies in adorably goofy ways, we're gonna put her before the main androids of the Dragon Ball franchise.


Another android that Future Trunks had no idea was coming for the Z-fighters was Cell, Dr. Gero's greatest creation. Cell is the first Bio-android ever created and is the only Android in the anime that is capable of having ki, unlike the androids that came before him. Created from the cells of every powerful warrior in history, Cell proved to be incredibly powerful, even in his imperfect form.

That said, Cell's first form was around the same level as Android 16 and the two were evenly matched in a fight. It wasn't until Imperfect Cell absorbed Android 17 that he was able to defeat Android Taking this into consideration, and the fact that Imperfect Cell had to use trickery to absorb 17, we're placing Cell's first form just before Android


Now we start to get into some of the more interesting, and beloved Androids of the series. To start, we have Android 16, the gentle-natured, completely artificial robot who turned out to be more of a hero than a villain. Android 16 actually has a pretty interesting backstory, he was made in the image of Dr. Gero's son, a Red Ribbon Army Soldier who died from a gunshot. After losing his son, Gero made 16 and, out of guilt, he gave him non-hostile programming so he couldn't put himself in harms way.

As a fighter, Android 16 is incredibly strong, gifted with an artificial body that has an unlimited energy source. Because of this feature, like Androids 17 and 18, Android 16 will never lose his stamina, strength or power, though that doesn't mean he's invincible, as he was beaten twice by Cell in his semi-perfect and perfect forms.


In the Cell saga, it is stated that Android 16 was the strongest of the entire Red Ribbon series, as he was able to hold off Perfect Cell. However, we're inclined to disagree, not just because Androids 17 and 18's full potential was unseen before they were absorbed by Cell, but also because by the time Dragon Ball Super came around, the twin cybernetic Androids had unlocked the full usage of their internal power.

Like his sister and Android 16, Android 17 is the unlimited energy model, lacking a ki-signature because he is powered by an internal energy core. This power core, along with his enhanced cybernetic strength, durability and artificial flight makes Android 17 one of the strongest fighters in all of Dragon Ball. However, because his strength and energy comes from enhancements and a power core, this means that he has a limit that he cannot break past.


Android 18 is almost identical to her brother, and not just because they are twins. Both Androids are of the cybernetic variety build with infinite energy cores and immense strength, and both were built/modified at around the same time. So, what makes Android 18 stronger than 17? Well, it's not much, but 18 has a one thing going for her that her brother did not.

Akira Toriyama stated at one point that Android 17 had a programming flaw that prevented him from fully utilizing the energy of his power core. Android 18 did not have this flaw and though 17 might have overcome this programming error, putting them both on an even level by the time of Super, we're still gonna give 18 the top spot, if for no other reason than she is featured more in the series.


Before any fans get up in arms about this entry, we'll just say we know that Android 13 and his super form is from one of the many Dragon Ball Z movies and is therefore non-canon. But, because he's one of the few Red Ribbon Androids actually featured in the franchise, we thought it would be interesting to include him.

Like the other Red Ribbon Androids featured in Dragon Ball Z, Android 13 was programmed to hate and destroy Goku, a motive ingrained in them by Dr. Gero. However, despite this shared vendetta, Android 13 actually has more in common with Cell than any other Android, seeing as he was able to get stronger by absorbing other Androids to gain a more powerful form. Android 13's Super form is said to be stronger than Meta Cooler, most likely making him stronger than Androids 17 and


Once Cell absorbed Android 17, his power level immediately doubled, making him much stronger than Android 16 and With this power, Cell was much more of a threat than in his imperfect form, able to easily beat opponents that once gave him trouble. However, this form is called "semi-perfect" for a reason, as he was easily defeated by Vegeta in his Super Saiyan second grade form.

That said, Semi-Perfect Cell was able to use his incredible power to easily apprehend and absorb Android 18, which he was given the chance to do by Vegeta, who wanted to see his true power. Absorbing Android 18 of course gave him another power upgrade, but the fact that he was able to overpower her shows he was already incredibly powerful without his perfect form.


Finally we come to the strongest canonical Android in the entire franchise, Perfect Cell. After absorbing Androids 17 and 18, Cell got a massive power up, making him the strongest fighter that anyone had ever faced at the time. Add to this the fact that he was created using the cells of all the strongest warriors, giving him a wide variety of their abilities, and you've got one of the most powerful villains in the franchise.

But that's not all, Cell also had the ability to regenerate as long as a single cell of him remained; he could learn and adapt in the middle of a fight and, oh yeah, he could go Super Saiyan thanks to Goku and Vegeta's cells within him. If that wasn't enough, then let's not forget it took a whole new level of Super Saiyan to defeat Perfect Cell, Super Saiyan 2.


But what what's this? There's another Android? Actually, there are three sort of. Before we get into the specific origins of Android 21, a character created for Dragon Ball FighterZ, let's talk about the two forms she splits into in the game, her good side and her evil side. Good 21 is, as one might expect, much more kind-hearted than her evil counterpart, but she is also much weaker.

When Android 21 revealed her true appearance (which resembles Buu, we'll get into why in a second) and splits into good and evil forms, the evil form took most of the power. As a result, Good 21 might be on the side of the angels, but she does not quite have the power to back it up. She's strong, but her counterpart is much stronger.


You might be asking who this Android 21 is and why she's so strong. In the very recently released video game, Dragon Ball FighterZ, the story mode reveals there was one more Android that Dr. Gero was developing aside from Cell, Android Like Cell, Android 21 is a bio-android built from the cells of the universe's strongest warriors, including the cells of Majin Buu.

How Dr. Gero got the cells of Majin Buu is a bit of mystery, but he used these warrior cells to modify and enhance the mother of his child, aka Android Yes, you read that right, Android 21 was once the lover of Dr. Gero and the mother of the son they both lost, the basis for Android An interesting backstory isn't all there is to this bespectacled scientist cybernetic bio-android, as she's pretty powerful to boot.


When Android 21 split into her two halves, the evil side took a majority of the power they once had as a single person. She was much stronger than her good half as well as most, if not all of the Z-Fighters. This version of 21 wasn't as strong as her original form, since she was split in two, but after absorbing Cell, she got a serious upgrade.

With Cell absorbed, Evil 21 is far more powerful than any of the Z-Fighters, and even the combined efforts of nearly every character in the game were not enough to destroy her. In fact, 21 is even able to hold off Goku's spirt bomb. You know, the deus ex machina that almost always defeats the bad guy? Yeah, even that wasn't enough to take out Evil 21 without the help of Good 21 holding her down. This is enough to consider her the strongest Android in the Dragon Ball franchise.


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Android 18

Fictional character in the anime and manga franchise Dragon Ball

Android 18 (Japanese: 人造人間18号, Hepburn: Jinzōningen Jū Hachi Gō, lit. "Artificial Human #18"), born as Lazuli (ラズリ, Razuri), is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball manga series created by Akira Toriyama. Android 18 makes her debut in chapter # The Androids Awake! (目覚めた17号、18号, Mezameta Jūnanagō, Jūhachigō), first published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on November 12,

She and her twin brother, Android 17, were forcibly turned into cyborgs by Dr. Gero to serve his vendetta against Goku. The main-timeline version of the character has very little to no interest in fulfilling Gero's orders and becomes a major character in the series after marrying Goku's best friend Krillin.

In an alternate timeline, Android 18 is a ruthless killer who started a reign of terror along with Android 17 over Earth that lasted for twenty years until they are both killed by adult Trunks.

Creation and conception[edit]

Android #18, along with Android #17, were conceived after Akira Toriyama's former editor Kazuhiko Torishima expressed disapproval with Androids #19 and #20 as villains. Following their introduction into the series, Torishima soon afterward became dissatisfied with her and #17 as well, resulting in the creation of Cell.[1][2] Toriyama stated that he was pleased with Android #18 because she was a type of girl he had not drawn before, and that he liked her slanted eyes.[3] In , he revealed her real name was Lazuli (ラズリ, Razuri).[4] Yūsuke Watanabe, who wrote the screenplay for the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, had originally written the film to take place at Android #18 and Krillin's wedding, but Akira Toriyama wrote it to take place at Bulma's birthday party. Watanabe thought Toriyama made the change because he wanted fans to imagine the wedding for themselves.[5] In promotional material for Battle of Gods, Toriyama drew her with purple hair.[6][7]


Android #18, at the time of her introduction, has shoulder length blonde hair, retaining it for most of the series and Dragon Ball Super. Her hairstyle is shown to have changed 10 years after the defeat of Majin Buu, becoming shorter. She has this same hairstyle in Dragon Ball GT.

Android #18 is introduced wearing a denim jacket and skirt, dark blue leggings, brown boots and a black shirt with black and white sleeves.[8] After arriving at Goku's home, she gains a new outfit, first seen when she is depicted going through his wife Chi-Chi's closet; a white short sleeve shirt underneath a black vest, a pair of blue green jeans, black gloves with a ring on the left arm and black flats with orange socks. It is never stated where the outfit originated from nor where she acquired it.[9] During the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, she wears a black shirt with black and white sleeves, blue jeans, and black flats with orange socks.[10] In Battle of Gods, her clothing changes again; she wears a black shirt with purple sleeves, light blue jeans, a pearl necklace with a thunder pendant embedded on it and black flats with white socks. Her attire remains mostly unchanged for the sequel Resurrection 'F' apart from her no longer wearing the necklace and wearing blue boots. In Dragon Ball GT, Android 18 is shown with two different outfits. The first is a red long sleeve turtleneck with black pants and red high heels with earrings. The second is a purple blazer with a pink undershirt and matching pants alongside the same red heels and earrings from earlier.

Voice actors[edit]

In the Japanese version of the entire Dragon Ball anime series and subsequent related media, Android 18 is voiced by Miki Itō.

In English, Android 18 is voiced by Meredith McCoy in the Funimation dub of Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT except for Dragon Ball Z Kai, where she is voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard.[11] However, since Battle of Gods, Meredith has returned to the role.[12] In Bang Zoom! dub, Android 18 is voiced by Tamara Ryan.


Following her conversion into a cyborg, Android 18 possesses superhuman strength, durability, speed and reflexes.[13] She also has the ability to fly.[14] Thanks to her conversion into a cyborg, she has eternal youth and unlike the other characters in the series, has energy that is not detectable with Ki Sense, which causes them to not be directly found using the standard method of identifying a warrior and their strength.

In regards to her strength, upon her introduction, the main timeline version of Android 18 is shown to be able to defeat Vegeta and Trunks in their Super Saiyan forms, Piccolo and Tenshinhan, Trunks stating afterward that she is stronger than her counterpart in his timeline. This effectively makes her one of the stronger characters in the series at the time, Android 17 being said to be slightly stronger and Android 16 having more strength than both of them. Regardless, she still can easily overwhelm all of the heroes, as can her alternate timeline counterpart. However, her advantage in strength falters by the time she encounters Cell who in his first form, after absorbing a large portion of the human population and effectively increasing his power, fights on par with Android 16 and easily subdues both him and Android 18 in his second form. By the time seven years pass after Cell's defeat, Android 18 is now outclassed by Gohan, Vegeta and Piccolo, though still is stronger than the other characters. Since then, Android 18 has been easily bested by Buu and Beerus, though still is one of the most powerful characters on Earth.

She is capable of using the Power Blitz (パワーブリッツ, Pawā Burittsu), a sphere energy wave she fires after drawing back her hand which is either pink or blue in color as well as a rapid-fire variation called Infiniti Bullet (インフィニティバレット, Infiniti Barrette).[15] Android 18 also possess High-Pressure Energy Wave (高圧縮エネルギー波, Koasshuku Enerugī-Ha). Android 18 after the defeat of Cell gains the ability to use the Kienzan (気円斬, lit. "Energy Disc Razor", renamed "Destructo Disc" in the English anime dub), an attack where she creates an electric floating disc by putting her hand in the air, it is also one of Krillin's main techniques. Android 18 has several moves she performs with Android Alongside him, she performs the Accel Dance (アクセルダンス, Akuseru Dansu), a move where the two cyborgs relentlessly beat an opponent before knocking them to the ground and following it up with firing their Photon Strike (フォトンストライク, Foton Sutorīku, renamed "Sadistic Dance" in the English anime dub).[16] Another attack of the duo is Non-stop Violence (ノンストップバイオレンス, Non Sutoppu Baiorensu) where the pair simultaneously fire Photon Strike and High-Pressure Energy Wave.


In Dragon Ball[edit]

Prior to their introductions and present in both timelines, Androids #17 and #18 were converted into androids by Dr. Gero with the intent of murdering Goku. In the main timeline, Android 18 is activated by Dr. Gero along with Android 17 after he returns to his laboratory following his unsuccessful attempt to defeat Goku's allies.[17] After Gero is killed by Android 17, Android 18 activates Android 16 following surviving a blast meant to kill her from Trunks and the three begin their quest to find and kill Goku.[18] When they encounter Vegeta, Android 18 decides to fight him and easily bests him in battle, receiving only damages to her clothing and breaking his arm.[19][20] When Trunks, Tenshinhan and Piccolo become involved, she and Android 17 easily defeat the trio.[21] Before leaving to continue her quest, she kisses Krillin on the cheek.[22] The androids go to Goku's home and do not discover him there, leading them to journey to Kame-Sennin's house, but they do not find him there either due to his having departed not long before.[23] 18 watches Android 17's battle against Piccolo, at one point becoming impatient and offering her assistance to her brother's decline, until Cell arrives, who reveals his intent to absorb the pair.[24] Piccolo is dispatched by Cell[25] and Android 17 is absorbed,[26] Android 18 nearly being convinced to be absorbed as well by Cell's impersonation of Android 17 until he mistakenly mischaracterizes him.[27] Androids 18 and 16 are given time to escape thanks to Tenshinhan holding Cell back.[28] She and Android 16 hide on an island after this,[29] where she refuses to leave his side and watches Vegeta's fight against Cell before Krillin approaches her with a remote to turn her off. He destroys it, realizing his love for her, and Android 18 is soon afterwards absorbed by Cell who blinds everyone with Solar Flare (太陽拳, Taiyōken), allowing him to reach his final form.[30] For the next ten days, until the Cell Games tournament that Cell sets up following his disillusion with the strength of both Vegeta and Trunks, 18 remains trapped and unconscious inside of his body. However, a strong blow from Gohan causes him to regurgitate her. After Gohan defeats Cell,[31][32] she is healed and declines Krillin's advances for the time-being, despite him using the Dragon Balls to have her self-destruct device removed.[33][34]

In the alternate-timeline, Androids #18 and #17 are mass murderers whereas the main timeline versions of the pair never killed innocents. They are identical in appearance to the versions of the two in the present timeline, Android 18 wearing the ensemble she wore in the main timeline upon her activation by Dr. Gero. Within the months of their release, shortly after the death of Goku, they kill their timeline's versions of Piccolo, Vegeta, Krillin, Yamcha, Tien and Yajirobe, Gohan managing to escape. Several years later, they kill Gohan and then nearly kill Trunks three years later when he confronts the pair during one of their killing sprees. When Trunks returns from the past, now vastly stronger than he was in their previous encounter as a result of his training, she shows interest in finally ending his life after he confronts her and Android 17, but is killed by him instead.[35][36]

Seven years later, she has married Krillin and has a daughter with him named Marron (マーロン, Māron). She convinces Krillin to participate in the 25th Tenka'ichi Budōkai for the money along with her. Thanks to a lack of interest in being exposed as super-powered, she disguises her strength in hitting the Punching Machine, hitting it lightly and thereby altering who she is matched to fight. During the competition, she competes against Goten and Trunks when the pair enter the competition as Mighty Mask (マイティマスク, Maiti Masuku), having stolen the identity of another competitor. After the duo reveal themselves by transforming into Super Saiyans, Android 18 wins the match by default,[37] advancing to the next round against Mr. Satan, who she outclasses in strength, but throws the fight nonetheless after she secretly arranged to have the prize money shared with him so as not to ruin his reputation.[38] After Majin Boo is released, thanks to the energy used by both Goku and Vegeta while the two fought, Android 18 joins the others in searching for the Dragon Balls to resurrect everyone killed by Vegeta and resides at Dende's while taking refuge. After Boo finds them the following day, kills the majority of people on Earth and escapes the Room of Spirit and Time, leaving Gotenks and Piccolo inside, Android 18 is killed alongside her daughter when they are simultaneously turned into chocolate, being eaten by him afterward.[39] She is later brought back to life and gives energy to Goku's Genki-dama,[40] successfully destroying Majin Boo.[41] Ten years later, 18 is last seen attending another Tenkaichi Budōkai.[42]

In Toriyama's films and Dragon Ball Super[edit]

Android 18 appears in four Dragon Ball Z films; she briefly appears at the beginning of the seventh;[43] In the eleventh, Android 18 tries to retrieve money from Mr. Satan that he owed her from their deal that she would lose the tournament so she would not publicly upstage him, later fighting against Bio-Broly along with Krillin, Goten and Trunks and saves civilians from being killed by him;[44] in the fourteenth, Android 18 is present at Bulma's birthday party, attempting to fight Beerus following him being enraged by Boo taking his pudding, but being defeated with a single strike to the neck;[45] in the fifteenth, she shaves Krillin's head before he goes off to fight a resurrected Freeza, being killed after Freeza destroys the planet but having her death undone when the timeline is reversed.[46] After the events of the last two films, she informs Krillin of a supposed space picnic, leading to his investigation into the matter and she later travels off Earth to watch the tournament between the fighters from her universe and those of Universe 6.[47] After Trunks returns from the future, he discovers Android 18 and Krillin's marriage, meeting 18 again and preparing to engage her before she greets him.[48] Android 18 later wants to get a gift for Krillin and unsuccessfully tries using the Dragon Balls.[49] Android 18 scolds Krillin for being injured by a bullet while he is reluctant to train with Goku, him later citing her as a factor in his choice to resume training.[50]

Android #18 and Krillin are approached by Goku and Gohan to join the Tournament of Power, 18 agreeing due to the 10 million Zeni reward and revealing Android #17's location.[51] During the tournament Android 18 chooses to fight on her own,[52] defeating Universe 9's Sorrel,[53] Universe 4's Shosa,[54] and Universe 11's Tupper.[55] Rozie and Ribrianne launch a combined attack at Goku that Androids 17 and 18 deflect, the two then battling Rozie and Ribrianne. Android 18 knocks Ribrianne out of her transformation and she reverts to Brianne, who catches Android 18 in an energy trap while her comrades from Universe 2 send their love to her and enable her transforming back into Ribrianne but with an increase in size. Android 18 concedes that she is finished before hearing Krillin screaming her name from the sidelines and breaking through Ribrianne's trap. With assistance from Android 17, 18 blasts through Ribrianne's giant form and eliminates her.[56] Universe 3's Paparoni and Koichiarator merge to form Anilaza and Goku, Gohan, Vegeta, Frieza, 17, and 18 attempt coordinating their attacks against the being. Anilaza attempts to eat 18 before Goku intervenes, and Anilaza corners Android 17 with a series of beams that lead him off the ledge of the arena. Android 18 jumps off and grabs him, telling him that the rest is up to him before kicking him back to the arena while descending to her own elimination. She apologizes to Universe 7 for being eliminated and tells Android 17 he better not lose.[57]

Shortly after the Tournament of Power, #18, along with #17, help the Z fighters fight off henchmen that Moro has sent to Earth.

In other media[edit]

In a filler episode of Dragon Ball Z, Android 18 attends a party with her family.[58] Android #18 is featured in the special Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!, being saved by Krillin from having a building collapse on both her and her daughter after it was hit by Aka's Super Wahaha no Ha (スーパーワハハノ波, Supā Wahahanoha).[59]

In the anime-only sequel, Dragon Ball GT, Android #18 falls under Baby's control when the latter takes over Earth,[60] avoiding being killed by Baby despite being caught in a blast from his Super Galick Gun.[61] She is freed of his control with the use of the Sacred Water, though has to abandon Earth the following year to avoid the planet's explosion thanks to a wish he made with the unstable Black Star Dragon Balls.[62] Later she is nearly possessed by Android 17 to merge with him,[63] but is helped out of his control by Krillin, who is then killed. Android #18 tries to fight him, but is defeated and left for dead.[64] Android 18 comes to Goku's aid when he is fighting Super 17, the combination of Android 17 and Hell Fighter 17, a clone of her brother, in retaliation to Krillin's death which Goku was unaware of until she mentioned it. It is through her intervention that Goku is able to defeat him as she goads Super 17 to finish them both off and in doing so causes him to undergo an internal struggle that Goku exploits by attacking him during.[65] After being assured that Krillin would be resurrected with the Dragon Balls, Android 18 is last seen at Capsule Corporation.[66]

Android 18 has made several appearances in music. Her voice actress Meredith McCoy recorded vocals for a theme song by Bruce Faulconer for Android 18, the track being named after her. The American soundtrack also had a release titled Dragonball Z American Soundtrack Best of Dragonball Z: Android 18, dedicated to the character.[67] The band Seraphim has a song titled "Android 18", describing her mixture of human and machine. Android 18 is also referenced in the song "Blessing" by Chance the Rapper when the lyricist raps that he laughs when Krillin mentions blonde hair.[68]

Android 18 also made a guest appearance in an episode of the hit YouTube show "Death Battle". In the episode, her weapons, skills and abilities were analyzed against the "Marvel Comics" hero "Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers)". In the end, Android 18 proved herself the better fighter and beat her opponent.

She is one of the main villains in the video series "Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope", portrayed by Amy Johnston.

Video games[edit]

Her first appearance in a Dragon Ball game was Dragon Ball Z III: Ressen Jinzōningen. She is a playable character in most Dragon Ball Z fighting games, including the Budokai series and Raging Blast series.[69][70] Android 18 is the only playable android in both Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road,[71] having an original story in Shin Budokai where she defeats Freeza, who intended to kidnap her so she could assist him in his acquiring of the Dragon Balls on Namek and has her programming to terminate Goku erased after summoning Shenlong.[72] In the arcade game Dragon Ball Heroes, after Super 17 is defeated by Android 18, Gohan, Vegeta and Goku, she is forcefully merged with her brother by Towa to power him up against the three Saiyans.[73] In addition to her role as a playable character, she has also served as a boss in other games.[74]

In the game Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Androids 17 and 18 experience an increase in power from Demigra and attack Trunks in the alternate timeline, the possible fatality of Trunks through their encounter causing him to start disappearing.[75] The player travels to Trunk's timeline and helps him fight 17 and 18, the latter being the first to notice.[76] The combined force of Trunks and the player cause 17 and 18 to flee, and are later absorbed by Cell.[77] Android 18 can be a mentor to the player character and teach Power Blitz, Endless Shoot, Deadly Dance and Dual Destructo-Disc She explains her motives for helping out are only due to Supreme Kai of Time (Toki no Kaiōshin) having agreed to pay her in exchange for training the player.

In the game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Android 17 charges Cell after his Villainous Mode allows him to defeat Piccolo and Android 16, causing him to fall back into Android 18 and knock both of them out, allowing Cell to absorb both.[78] In downloadable content, Android 18 assist Dabura in his fight against Krillin and the player after Dabura admits that he cannot fight the two by himself.[79] Android 18 says that she is surprised to see Krillin there as she had ordered him to look after Marron, leading Krillin to state his intent to leave the battle before realizing that he had said the same thing to 18, and Android 18 reveals that she purposely said that to trick him.[80] As the pair fight, Android 18 admits that her personal feelings for Krillin are going to make it harder for her to fight him, and states that she will protect the Krillin and Marron of her timeline no matter the costs.[81]

In the game Dragon Ball FighterZ, Krillin and Goku come across Android 21 and an unconscious Android 18 as Cell hovers over them preparing to attack.[82] Android 21 pleads for Cell to spare 18,[83] and Goku decides to fight Cell while Krillin checks on [84] While Krillin tends to her, Android 21 explains that 18 stood up for her against Cell. In another story, 18 begins having a headache she believes is brought on by Krillin being in trouble when she is encountered by Android 16, passing out shortly thereafter.[85] She wakes up in a laboratory with Androids 16 and 21 hoovering over her,[86] Android 16 revealing that the player is now in control of 18's body while the latter's actual soul is internally deep inside.[87] The player makes contact with 18's soul,[88] who admits trying to force the player out and recounts the story before requesting the player interact with 16 and 21 to find out what's happened.[89] Android 21 admits her culpability in linking the player and 18 together for the purpose of defeating the Red Ribbon Army's clone fighters,[90] and Android 16 stipulates that the two will return to their normal selves following all of the clones being disposed of. During the matches, Android 21 has repeated instances of losing her composure as she breaks down,[91] culminating in her ordering 18 to fight Krillin when he stumbles across the group.[92] After the group defeats Cell and Android 21 tries to kill him, Android 18 makes an unsuccessful attempt at linking with her to stop the murder.[93] After 21 splits with her evil half, the evil half kills Android 16 and merges with Cell, Android 18 travels off planet to participate in the fight against 21's evil half. Goku fires a Spirit Bomb at the evil half, and Android 21 requests Android 18 look after the player before the player returns to Android 18 and 21 sacrifices herself to kill her evil half.[94]


Android 18 is a generally well-liked character, praised for her status as the sole female character to physically compete with the male cast for a time as well as her personality.[95][96] In a poll among Japanese fans, Android 18 was voted the tenth most popular character in the series.[97] Her relationship with Krillin has also been met with favorability among commentators. Sheldon Pearce of Complex dubbed her the "most compelling" of the androids and credited her with keeping Krillin a relevant character after her introduction.[98] David F. Smith of IGN believed the subplot of the relationship between Android 18 and Krillin helped to keep the Cell arc "a little more interesting".[99] Smith ranked the development of the relationship #6 on his list "Dragon Ball Z: Top 10 Plot Twists".[] However, Android 18's role in the franchise past the Cell storyline has been met with mixed reception. Android 18 was ranked #4 on Santiago Rashad's list "Top Ten Misused Dragon Ball Characters" who felt that she was underused barring two later films, Bio-Broly and Battle of Gods, and that she was possibly used less due to not being a Saiyan.[] Aaron Hubbard of Moviepilot observed her shift from fighter to mother and wife as "unjust" given that she had been a threat to the protagonists in her first appearances, though still thought highly of the character.[] Chris Homer of The Fandom Post felt Android 18's "getting in the spotlight" was one of the decent moments in the Super 17 storyline.[]

Android 18 was the visual inspiration for the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters character Blue Mary.[]Ronda Rousey said she wanted to be Android 18 when she was a child.[]

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All Androids Forms And Transformations

Androids (人造人間, Jinzōningen, lit. "Artificial Humans") are robotic or cybornetic Humans, most of them created by the evil scientist Dr. Gero. Most of the Androids are said to have unlimited energy and have eternal life as well as having no aura unlike Saiyans, Humans, and others. There are at least 8 Android models shown to have been fully functional (out of the Red Ribbon Army Series) throughout the entire series (11 if Cell and Super 17 who is his half-Android half-Machine Mutant, are both counted).


The Androids served as main villains during the Android Saga and the Imperfect Cell Saga, each serving a purpose of their own. Originally, all of the androids were plans used to kill Goku, however, most of the androids turned to the good side or were killed. However, in the Future Trunks timeline, the androids succeeded in their plans for world destruction, managing to kill all of the main Z Fighters (except for Goku, who died of a heart virus and Gohan, who survived but was killed 13 years later) until finally being killed by Trunks almost 20 years later.

There are three types of Androids seen in the series, according to their power supplies:

  • The kind with no drawbacks and an unlimited power supply (such as #16, #17, and #18).
  • The kind which requires constant intake of energy, usually sapped from victims, to keep their power reservoir from draining, which would cause the android to malfunction (such as #19 and #20).Curiously, Dr. Gero oversees his configuration into the latter, rather than the type with no apparent limitations (though it's implied byAndroid 18 that this was because the energy-absorbing model was easier to control).

There are also three types of androids seen in the series, according to their "base" or materials:

  • "Cyborgs", androids made from an original human as a base (such as #17 and #)
  • "Total artificial construct types", androids which were made up completely from mechanical parts (such as #13, #14, #15, #16, and #19). For some reason, the totally artificial ones have a blood-like liquid crimson substance, presumably a kind of power oil.

Cell is the only example of the third kind of android depicted in the series known to exist, both based on base material and power supply. He is a bio-mechanical android, constructed bio-artificially rather than from machine parts and/or a human base. Also, his power runs on some form of cross-organic ki based on cells from different humans, Saiyans and other species, which makes it generally circulate the same way as that of organic warriors.

His cells also possess elements of the first two power supply types as well. For one, he is able to absorb the energy of others and integrate them into his being through his tail, either by sucking them up or swallowing them whole. The latter method actually transforms him into a stronger state, and if he absorbs both #17 and #18 this way, he enters a form of evolution he describes as "perfection" (hence the name, "Perfect Cell"). Also, his cells can store memory of any form of power they ever taste, allowing him to return to that form if he should ever nearly become vaporized after losing it. Thanks to this and combined with the Zenkai healing factor of his Saiyan cell properties, he can in fact return from near death even stronger than ever before no matter how severely he should be weakened beforehand.

Red Ribbon Army Series

  • Major Metallitron-Created by the Red Ribbon Army, destroyed by Goku and again by Pan, and may have not been made by Dr. Gero.
  • Unnamed blue Android-A huge blue android with red eyes that appears in the flashback that Trunks tells Goku about in the episode "Mystery Revealed" and in a flashback told by Master Roshi in "Double Trouble for Goku". He is seen attacking Dr. Gero when he came out.
  • Androids Considered failures and destroyed.
  • Android 8-Created by Dr. Gero (and Dr. Flappe in the anime), considered failure, living in peace with Suno
  • Android 9-Considered failure and destroyed; in Dragon Ball OnlineAndroid 9 is Commander Red revived as a Cyborg.
  • Androids -Considered failures and destroyed
  • Android 13-Created by Dr. Gero's Super Computer, considered failure and destroyed in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion
  • Super Android 13 (Fused with Androids 14 and 15, killed by Goku in Movie 7)
  • Android 14 (Created by Dr. Gero's Super Computer, considered failure and destroyed in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion; killed by Future Trunks in Movie 7)
  • Android 15 (Created by Dr. Gero's Super Computer, considered failure and destroyed in manga, although the Androids ABCs section implies that they were nearing completion; killed by Vegeta in Movie 7)
  • Android 16 (Pure robotic, considered failure, killed by Perfect Cell, possibly resurrected)
  • Android 17 (Half-human and half-android (cyborg), considered failure, fused with Hell Fighter 17, resurrected, living in peace by himself)
    • Future Android 17 (Half-human and half-android (cyborg), considered failure, reigned terror on Earth for nearly 20 years, eventually killed by Future Trunks)
    • Hell Fighter 17 (Machine mutant, fused with Android 17)
    • Super 17 (Fusion of Android and Hell Fighter 17, half-cyborg and half-machine mutant, killed by Goku and Android 18)
  • Android 18 (Half-human and half-android (cyborg), considered failure, living in peace with Krillin)
    • Future Android 18 (Half-human and half-android (correct term cyborg), considered failure, reigned terror on Earth for nearly 20 years, eventually killed by Future Trunks)
  • Android 19(Considered a sucess. Destroyed by Vegeta)
  • Android 20 (Robotic body of Dr. Gero, killed by Android 17 and again by Super 17)
  • Cell (Bio-mechanical, killed by Gohan, or Krillin and Future Trunks, depending on timeline)

Other Androids

  • Arale Norimaki (Created by Senbei Norimaki in Dr. Slump)
  • Obotchaman (Created by Dr. Mashirito in Dr. Slump and is based off of the same design plans that made Arale)
  • Dr. Kochin (Movie character, accidentally killed by Dr. Wheelo. (knocked him into a chasm where he exploded))
  • Dr. Wheelo (Movie character, killed by Goku in The World's Strongest)
  • Android (In the computer game Dragon Ball Online, based off Android 8)
  • Android (In Dragon Ball Online, based off Android 19)
  • Pirate Robot is a powerful robot created by pirates to guard their treasure.


  • To date, no single video game has featured all of the Androids that appear in the Dragon Ball series and the movies based on it. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 comes close, but still does not include Androids 14 and 15, or Dr. Kochin. Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 marked the debut of Androids 14 and This leaves Dr. Kochin to be the only Android not to appear in a video game thus far.
  • The 17 and 18 of the main timeline and the 17 and 18 of Future Trunks' ruined timeline seem to have differing morals: In Future Trunks' timeline, the duo enjoy destroying everyone and everything in sight, not caring who they hurt, while looking for a good time in the process. However, in the main timeline, 18 impatiently wants 16 to fight Goku where as 17 just wants to have fun driving around. While the main timeline's trio scare and surprise many people, none of them ever actually kill anyone, excluding Dr. Gero.
  • Although they are all called Androids, 17, 18 and Dr. Gero are cyborgs. Cell, on the other hand, is completely bio-mechanical.
  • All, or nearly all of the Androids that are featured, have been capable of keeping up and even surpassing the intensity of Super Saiyan level, but would be easily defeated by anything beyond that level. A possible exception would be Cell's Super Perfect form, which could possibly match that of the Super Saiyan 2 level.
  • Despite being mechanical, thus having no soul or inner essence, even the full Androids still manage to make it to other world after their destruction (As Android 19, and Kochin's Bio-men are seen in Fusion Reborn). Android 16, on the other hand, seems to be an exception, never being seen anywhere in Other World since his destruction at the hands of Cell.
  • Some Dragon Ball Z Video Games that use aura to show ones level of ki, (such as Budokai 3) do not show aura for Androids, a possible reference to their artificial ki.



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