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"Who blasted mah blast!?"
Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!


Android 15 (人造人間15号 Jinzōningen Jūgo-Gō, "Artificial Human No. 15") is Dr. Gero's fifteenth android creation. He is designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku, who overthrew the Red Ribbon Army as a child.

While the main timeline version of him was destroyed by Gero, the parallel world version Android 15 makes his debut as an antagonist in Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!.

According to Akira Toriyama's art of the character, this android was intended to be Android 14 (人造人間14号 Jinzōningen Jū Yon-Gō, lit. "Artificial Human No. 14"), however, Toei Animation switched the two androids' names.

Creation and concept

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Concept art of Android 14, which was instead used for Android 15

In the original concept art drawn by Akira Toriyama, Android 15 is labeled as Android 14 and Android 14 is labeled as Android 15, but the anime staff switched their names around due to the story development and other circumstances.[1]

Appearance

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Android 15 with a small flask

Android 15 takes the appearance of a very short and small man. To some extent, he embodies a stereotype of an African American due to his large pink lips and dark skin tone. This is especially noticed in the Funimation dub, where he is given a comically exaggerated pimp-like voice, with an exaggerated African American accent as well. 15 dons a large green hat with a red ball on top, what some consider the rendition of a pimp's hat. He has a black and white tuxedo shirt with a dark yellow and blue overcoat. He also wears a red bow tie sporting the "Red Ribbon" logo. He also wears baggy light blue pants and black boots. Underneath his hat, he also has a white glass-dome cranium, similar to that of Androids 19 and 20. In addition, without his sunglasses, his eyes are also completely mechanical.

Personality

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Android 15 as an emotionless robot

Being a man-made android and serving only as a lackey to target and kill Goku, Android 15 seems to display little-to-no emotion.

Android 15 has short lines in both the original Japanese version and Funimation dub. In the original Japanese version, he only says two lines: "Son Goku..." a few times and "Trunks" only once. In the Funimation dub, he exclaims things like "Who blasted mah blast!?" and "Okay... let's dance" with a "pimp" or "gangster" voice (which is most likely stereotypical/becoming of his appearance). His main concern is his duty to take out Goku and company. He can be seen drinking from a small flask in the film as well, giving his character charm.

Biography

He was developed by Dr. Gero at some point before the Androids Saga. Along with Android 13 and Android 14, Android 15 was quite close to the final Android form, however like their predecessors they had one problem or another and as such were presumed to have been destroyed by Dr. Gero.

Even though Android 13, Android 14, and Android 15 are not featured in the Dragon Ball manga, the "Androids A-B-C's" section mentions that Androids 13, 14, and 15 were very close to the Android concept.[2]

Super Dragon Ball Heroes

Supreme Kai of Time Saga

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Android 15 in the Super Space-Time Tournament

Android 15's Super Android 13 incarnation appears as one of the competitors in the Super Space-Time Tournament, along with Androids 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, and 19. As a result of his team failing to advance to the second round of the tournament, Android 15 and his space-time were erased.

Demon Invader Saga

In one particular Space-Time, Android 15 is absorbed by Majin Ozotto.[3]

Film appearances

Super Android 13!

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14 and 15 firing the Energy Squall at Trunks on the glacier

Android 15 is completed by Dr. Gero's self-aware supercomputer alongside Android 14. The two set out for West City,[1] where they devastatingly assault a restaurant where Goku's family is in the midst of dining, in an effort to kill Goku. After rescuing bystanders in the restaurant's vicinity, a short battle between the Androids and Goku and Future Trunks ensues (the former deducing their connection to Dr. Gero and his androids from the prominently displayed Red Ribbon logo on Android 15 as well as the fact that he couldn't sense their energy earlier); the fighters soon after take their combat to an isolated glacial area, where they are followed by Gohan and Krillin.

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Android 15 while he beats Vegeta rapidly in his face

While 15 and 14 are taking up arms against Goku and Trunks, a third android arrives on the scene: Android 13, who was completed by Dr. Gero's supercomputer after Androids 15 and 14. Upon his arrival on the scene, 13 confronts Goku, leaving Trunks and Vegeta to fight against 14 and 15 respectively. Ultimately, Android 15 is destroyed by Vegeta following Vegeta's transformation to Super Saiyan by decapitating him with a punch (in sync with the destruction of Android 14 by Super Saiyan Trunks), although not before dealing a heavy blow to the Saiyan Prince simultaneously, with the decapitation having a delayed effect. However, even their deaths are fail-safe, as 13 absorbs components from 15 and 14, resulting in his transformation into Super Android 13.

Power

Films

Android 15 is powerful enough to trouble Goku, Future Trunks, and Vegeta in their base forms. It is shown that he possesses power only somewhat inferior to Vegeta when the latter turns into a Super Saiyan, as he manages to hurt Vegeta several times, and just before he is destroyed his final blow manages to knock Vegeta out of Super Saiyan.

Techniques and Special Abilities

  • Flight – The ability to fly without the use of ki.
  • Energy Blast – The most basic form of energy attack used by androids.
  • 3D Scan Mode – A mode that allows for advanced scanning of enemies.
  • Goku Termination Program - Android 15 was programmed to kill Goku. The program contains information on Goku such as his address, fighting style, and techniques. Named in World Mission, it appears as one of Android 15's abilities. At the start of battle, 5x his own PWR if Goku or Goku (GT) is on enemy team.
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Android 15 using an Android Barrier

  • Android Barrier – The user focuses their power into a barrier with double their normal defensive capabilities, allowing them to withstand attacks from an opponent of equal power or below. It is one of his Blast 1 in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.
  • Android Strike 15 – First Android 15 kicks the opponent to the air and beats them up with multiple punches until kicking them to the ground and sliding on their body. Then, he hits the sitting opponent with even more punches, finishing the rush with a strong right-hand punch.
  • Energy Squall – The user fires flurries of large, bright ki blasts.
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Android 15 charges the F.F. Spark Cannon

  • F.F. Spark Cannon – Android 15 places his palms forward and then he fires energy spheres from his palms towards the opponent.
  • Multi-step Ki Blast – Android 15 raises his right hand and creates an energy sphere that he fires at his target.
  • Murder Ball – Android 15 gathers energy into both of his hands and fires a white ball of energy causing an explosion.
  • Combined Energy Ball – First, Androids 15 and 14 charge their own energy spheres, then they combine them into one unique and gigantic energy sphere, and fire it from below at the target.
  • Pump Up – One of Android 15's Blast 1 in Raging Blast 2.

Video Game Appearances

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Android 15 as he appears in Raging Blast 2

Although he does not make an appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2, he was briefly mentioned alongside Android 14 by Android 13 in the chapter based on Super Android 13!, where the titular antagonist just before fighting Goku issues commands for the two androids to attack Trunks like in the movie.

In Xenoverse 2 after the version 1.05.00 update, Android 15's Clothes appear as clothing options, while Android 15's Shades & Hat appear as an accessory. Both can be purchased from the TP Medal Shop.

Voice Actors

Battles

Films
  • Android 15 and Android 14 vs. Goku
  • Android 15 and Android 14 vs. Goku and Future Trunks
  • Android 15 and Android 14 vs. Future Trunks
  • Android 15 vs. Vegeta (Base/Super Saiyan)

Trivia

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Android 15 with alternate colors

  • Android 15 - with alternate colors - makes a cameo in the Other World Saga.
  • In the original version of the movie, Android 15 has very little dialog, only saying two lines throughout the movie: "Son Goku" a few times, & "Trunks" once. FUNimation's dub, however, gives him numerous lines to speak, in a stereotypical African-American accent.
  • Android 15's bowtie is primarily based on the Red Ribbon Army's insignia. Humorously, this technically makes him the only Red Ribbon Android to actually wear a Red Ribbon as a bowtie is basically a ribbon of fabric tied around the collar of a shirt in a symmetrical manner so that the two opposite ends form loops.
    • In edited versions of the dub, the closeup of Android 15 when Goku's inquiring of their identities is cut due to it showing 15 drinking from his flask (due to it potentially implying he was drinking alcohol). This ends up making Goku's later comment of "Red Ribbon, huh? Now I know why I couldn't sense you earlier, because you aren't organic." a bit random as a result (as the closeup showed his Red Ribbon Army bowtie).
  • In the remastered release of the film, his voice sounds slightly deeper.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Daizenshuu 6, 1995
  2. Androids A-B-C's guide: #15~~~~#9: All of them had one problem or another, but #13, #14, and #15 were pretty close to the final android form.
  3. Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Meteor Mission! chapter 2, "Chapter 2 (Meteor Mission)"

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