about three years after the Freeza series, and for the past three
years, our heroes have all been training to fight the robots that
Trunks had warned them about. Dr. Gero, whose Red Ribbon project
was destroyed by Gokou way back in Dragonball, started designing
a scheme for revenge three years ago. The project is taking too
much of his time though, so he abandons working on it and just leaves
the computer that it is developing on running.
On the day Trunks said he would return, Gokou and the other heroes,
except the weak Chauzu, fly to the island where Trunks first appeared.
There they find Bulma, holding a baby. She explains that the baby
is hers and Vegeta's, and that his name is Trunks. The heroes then
go to a nearby city in search of the androids. They find Android
19 and Android 20 when Yamcha is attacked by them. The androids
and the heroes fly to Stone Mountain to fight.
Gokou and Android
19 fight first, and Gokou is losing even though he is at the Super
Saiyan level because the Androids are able to absorb power, from
people and from their attacks. Suddenly Gokou falls, stricken with
his heart failure, and Android 19 starts to absorb all his energy.
Then Vegeta comes, powers up to be a Super Saiyan, and beats Android
19. Android 20 flees the scene in fear.
Trunks arrives from
the future, and tells the heroes that they are fighting the wrong
androids. Android 19 and Android 20 don't cause trouble in Trunks'
future; Android 17 and Android 18 do. Android 20, coinicidentally,
is actually Dr. Gero - he had Android 19 turn him into an android.
Trunks tells everyone that Android 17 and Android 18 are still being
built, so they all head for Dr. Gero's lab to stop the androids
from coming into being. Dr. Gero goes to his lab too, to stop them,
and he arrives first.
When the heroes arrive,
Android 17 and Android 18 have already been released. The androids
kill Dr. Gero, then release another android, Android 16. Android
17 and 18 beat most of the heroes, but Android 16 doesn't help because
it's supposed to only kill Gokou.
As the heroes recover
and leave to look for the androids, they find a time machine - much
like Trunks, but not his. According to Trunks, the future Bulma
only makes one time machine, and there shouldn't be another one.
When they go and look around the site, all they find is an empty,
Piccolo and Kami get
together and they decide to fuse into one ultra powerful being.
Piccolo thinks that this is the only way to defeat the androids,
and Kami has been watching a strange creature absorb entire towns.
Piccolo goes to the town where people have been vanishing and encounters
Cell. The two fight for awhile, and then Piccolo asks Cell who he
is and why he came. Cell explains that he is a creation of Dr. Gero's,
part of the computer program that was left on. When Trunks returned
from the past, having destroyed Andriod 17 and Android 18, Cell
killed Trunks and used his time machine to return and save the androids.
Cell wants to reach a 'perfect form' and Android 17 and Android
18 are vital to helping him acheive that. Now that he's rested,
Piccolo resumes the fight and eventually Cell leaves.
Gokou recovers from
his battle and teleports from Kame House to see Gohan, Vegeta, and
Trunks. They all go to the Sky Palace and train in the Room Of Spirit
And Time, where time passes so slowly that they can train for an
entire year in just one day. The room has a maximum capacity of
two, unfortunately, so Vegeta and Trunks enter first.
The androids go to
Kame House and fight Piccolo, easily beating him, but then Cell
comes. Cell beats Android 17, then gets injured by Android 16. Cell
absorbs Android 17, becomes more powerful, and then destroys Android
16. Next he absorbs Android 18, and that brings him to his 'perfect
By this time, Gokou,
Gohan, Vegeta, and Trunks have all been able to spend some time
training in the Room Of Spirit And Time, and they leave to help
in the fighting. Bulma rebuilds the damaged Android 16 from scrap
and reprograms him to help the heroes. Cell starts a tournament
called the Cell Game. He will challenge all of earth's warriors,
and if he beats them he gets to destroy the earth.
Gokou fights Cell
first. The fight is very even, and they battle to a stalemate. Gokou
then tells Gohan to take his place, give Cell a senzu bean out of
fairness, and reassures everyone that Gohan becomes incredibly powerful
when he gets angry. Gohan is beaten for awile but doesn't get angry
enough to fight back. Cell becomes bored and destroys Android 16,
then unleashs 7 minature Cell Juniors from his tail, which quickly
overwhelm the spectators. Android 16's disembodied head lands near
Mr. Satan, who is reporting the fight, and he convinces Mr. Satan
to throw his head at Gohan. The head talks to Gohan, encouraging
him to fight, but then cell crushes Android 16's head. This finally
sets off Gohan, and he goes into Super Saiyan level 2, even more
powerful than the regular Super Saiyan. Gohan really takes it to
Cell, hitting him so hard that Android 18 pops out and Cell degenerates
from his perfect form. Since Cell can't win, he activates his self-destruct
sequence to destroy earth. Thinking quickly, Gokou teleports Cell
to Kaiou's planet, saving the earth but killing himself and Kaiou.
Cell regenerates in
his perfect form, saying that one of his brain cells was left behind
and allowed him to reform. Vegeta blasts at him with numerous fireballs
but does no damage. Cell quickly beats Vegeta, and Gohan has to
take a fireball from Cell to save the helpless Vegeta. Then Gohan
and Cell start shooting back and forth, their fireballs destroying
each other in an endurance match. As Gokou yells words of encouragement
to his son from beyond the grave, through the power of Kaiou, Vegeta
fires a blast at Cell from above. This momentarily distracts Cell,
and Gohan unleashes a flurry of the most powerful fireballs he can
muster, utterly destroying Cell. After the heroes leave, the nearby
Mr. Satan takes credit for destroying Cell and declares himself
the strongest man in the universe.
The heroes go to Sky
Palace. Krillin convinces them not to kill Android 18, then they
gather the dragonballs. They wish to remove the bombs from the androids,
and revive everyone killed by Cell. Unfortunately, Gokou remains