A Red Ribbon Army soldier is the son of the Red Ribbon Army head scientist Dr. Gero. He became Android 16's template. He is mentioned in an interview with the Dragon Ball manga series author, Akira Toriyama, in one of the Dragon Ball Full Color Androids Saga volumes.
Dr. Gero's son was a high-ranking Red Ribbon soldier but fell to an enemy's bullet. In his affection, Gero modeled a powerful Android after him, Android 16. As he did not want to risk him being destroyed in battle, Dr. Gero deliberately programmed the Android to be non-aggressive.
Other Dragon Ball Stories
It is stated by Android 16 that he was bold and daring.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ it is stated by Android 21's good side that her template's son became the model for Android 16.
- The loss of his son may be another reason behind Dr. Gero's vendetta against Goku, as Goku destroyed the army Gero's son gave his life fighting for.