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The Full-Nelson (羽交い締め Hagaijime, lit. "Pinioning") technique has been used throughout Dragon Ball Z, in a number of battles.


The technique consists of the user putting their arms over their opponent's shoulders by going under the armpits and either pulling backward or clasping their fingers behind their neck, making the opponent unable to move as freely as usual.


Super Buu puts Vegeta in a Full Nelson

Super Buu placing a Full-Nelson on Vegeta

The technique is used in the series against Raditz, as part of Goku and Piccolo's Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon team attack, which kills both Goku and Raditz.[2]

Captain Ginyu used this technique against Goku in a tight grip with Goku unable to escape after Jeice fired a Full Power Energy Wave at him, however, Ginyu let Goku go because he placed the move only thanks to Jeice's interference with their fight.[3]

Spice uses the technique to restrain Piccolo while the latter pretends to be infected by the Black Water Mist while on The Lookout.[4]

Caterpy uses it with two of his ten arms to perform his Chico Torture on Goku during their match in the Other World Tournament.[5]


Gohan holding Videl

As the Great Saiyaman, Gohan uses the hold to restrain Videl when the latter tries to attack him, thinking he is kidnapping Chobi from the Musuka Circus, while he was in fact returning him to his parents.[6]

In the finals of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament junior division, Goten uses a Full-Nelson to restrain Trunks, but he quickly breaks free then elbows him in the face. Later in the fight, Trunks places the hold on Goten. However, Goten has to go Super Saiyan to escape.

Majin Vegeta uses the technique against Goku during their battle in the Rocky Canyon, and tries to impale him on a stalactite, though Goku broke free.[7]

Super Buu briefly holds Vegeta in a Full-Nelson, with Vegeta soon freed when Goku attacks Buu.[8]

In the Tournament of Power, Goku used this technique against Jiren while Golden Frieza eliminated them and himself with a Nova Strike.[9]

Film Appearances[]

In Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku, It is used by one of Team Dodoria soldiers to hold Bardock for one of his comrades to attack Bardock during their battle on Planet Meat.

In Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, Piccolo, in an attempt to buy Goku enough time to complete the Spirit Bomb, performed a Full-Nelson on Super Android 13 from behind, also causing his S.S. Deadly Bomber to miss his target.


Gohan placing a Full-Nelson on Beerus

In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Gohan performs a Full-Nelson on the God of Destruction Beerus when he tries to stop him from attacking Good Buu only to have his head slammed into Buu's.

Video Game Appearances[]

Goku uses the technique as part of the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon in cutscenes of several video games. It is Captain Ginyu's grapple throw in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It can be used by all the playable characters in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle in order to hold an opponent so that a teammate can land hits on them.


Bardock holding Mira in a Full-Nelson in Xenoverse 2

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Turles uses the technique in conjunction with Ginyu's Body Change to create the improvised team attack Full-Nelson Body Change which they use to allow Ginyu to steal Goku's body in the main story after Ginyu loses Xeno Trunks' body. Additionally during The Masked Saiyan Saga, Bardock uses a full-nelson on Mira to take revenge on him and Towa for being brainwashed by them.