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"Cell" (なぞかいぶつ、ついにしゅつげん!! Nazo no Kaibutsu, Tsui ni Shutsugen!!, lit. "The Mysterious Monster, Finally Appears!!") is the one hundred sixty seventh chapter of Dragon Ball Z and the three hundred sixty-first overall chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.


The cover of the chapter features Cell in his Imperfect Form.


Cell's first appearance

Piccolo calls Cell a freak of nature, but Cell's ki shocks him. The Richest man in Gingertown, being held by Cell, begs Piccolo for help, offering him whatever he wants. Piccolo tells Cell to let the man go, and that a life is a life, even a worthless one like that man's. Cell seemingly complies by dropping the man, who starts to crawl towards Piccolo. Cell, however, stabs the man in the back with his tail and absorbs him, shocking Piccolo. Cell then looks at Piccolo and tells him that he is next, calling him by name. Piccolo, stunned, asks how Cell knows his name and who he is. Cell then powers up, surprising Piccolo again, and tells Piccolo that he is his brother.

Piccolo faces Cell and powers up

At Kame House, Future Trunks, Gohan, Yamcha, and Krillin feel Cell's ki and are shocked. As they head outside, Krillin says that he has felt this ki before. Gohan says the he feels Frieza and King Cold, while Future Trunks says the he feels Goku, Piccolo, and even his father. Yamcha says that he feels them as well, but notes that this is impossible, as Frieza and King Cold were killed. Gohan flies to the upper window and confirms that Goku is still in bed. Future Trunks says that the ki is coming from the direction of Gingertown, and that he will go and investigate. Elsewhere on Earth, Vegeta feels Cell's ki, as do Tien Shinhan and Chiaotzu. All three wonder what is going on.

In Ginger Town, Piccolo again asks Cell who he is, demanding to be told everything. Cell asks why Piccolo would need to know that while inside of his stomach. Piccolo says that he will kill Cell without knowing, but Cell scoffs at this. Piccolo asks what Cell knows about him, and powers up. He then tells Cell that he unfortunately has the wrong man, which confuses Cell.




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