- This article is about Goku's son. For Goku's adoptive grandfather, see Grandpa Gohan.
"In order to protect those important to me, I need to get more and more powerful."
Son Gohan (孫悟飯 Son Gohan) is a half-breed Saiyan and one of the most prominent characters in the Dragon Ball series. He is the elder son of the series' primary protagonist Goku and his wife Chi-Chi, the eldest nephew of Raditz, the older brother of Goten, the husband of Videl and father to Pan. He is named after Goku's adoptive grandfather, Gohan.
Unlike his father, Gohan lacks a passion for fighting (although, he does possess a strong power within him) and prefers to do so only when his loved ones are threatened. Nevertheless, Gohan fights alongside the Dragon Team in the defense of Earth for much of his life.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 3.1 Background
- 3.2 Dragon Ball Z
- 3.3 Dragon Ball Super
- 3.4 Dragon Ball Heroes
- 3.5 Peaceful World Saga
- 3.6 Dragon Ball GT
- 4 Film appearances
- 4.1 Dead Zone
- 4.2 The World's Strongest
- 4.3 The Tree of Might
- 4.4 Lord Slug
- 4.5 Cooler's Revenge
- 4.6 Super Android 13!
- 4.7 The Return of Cooler
- 4.8 Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
- 4.9 Bojack Unbound
- 4.10 Broly - Second Coming
- 4.11 Fusion Reborn
- 4.12 Wrath of the Dragon
- 4.13 Battle of Gods
- 4.14 Resurrection ‘F’
- 5 Other Dragon Ball stories
- 6 Power
- 7 Abilities
- 8 Appearances in other media
- 9 Reception
- 10 Voice Actors
- 11 Name Changes
- 12 Battles
- 13 List of characters killed by Gohan
- 14 Trivia
- 15 Gallery
- 16 See also
- 17 References
- 18 Site Navigation
Gohan resembles Yamcha in hairstyle, but inherits his father's facial features and black eyes. At the same time, he has his mother's light peach complexion rather than his father's light tan. Also taking after his father, Gohan inherited a Saiyan tail, which was long and prehensile with brown fur. It was removed and regrew a few times during his childhood until removed permanently by Vegeta in their first battle.
When first introduced as a young child, he had short and spiky but relatively well-kept hair. He wore a white sleeveless shirt and green pants with black boots with white lacing, this outfit was covered in a Hanfu-style top that was yellow with green sleeves and on the front his family name, 'Son', written in kanji within a large white circle with black lining. He also wore a red cap with the Four-Star Dragon Ball attached to the top. He later removes the Hanfu-style top to show his outfit when he is ready to train with Piccolo.
While training with Piccolo, after losing his previous outfit from transforming into a Great Ape, he wears an outfit similar to Goku's original, consisting of an orange gi and black belt with a black undershirt, blue wristbands, and black boots with yellow lasing. In the Anime, his uniform is the same as Piccolo's consisting of a purple gi with a red sash and armbands, bronze grass shoes, and a white collar around his neck. At the same time, he wore with the 'Ma' symbol (魔) and his hair grew out more into a mullet-style that reached his shoulders. By the fight against the Saiyans, Gohan grows noticeably more muscular for a child and dons a similar attire to the Namekian warriors. He also sported a white bandana. Gohan's hair has been cut short and has three thick fringes on his head. Before going to Namek with Krillin and Bulma, Gohan is initially seen wearing an outfit worn in private elementary school and later his Namekian outfit. During his battle against Frieza, Vegeta gave Gohan a Battle Armor, which consisted of a blue jumpsuit with white gloves and boots, and a white torso protection with yellow shoulder pads.
During the Androids Saga, his hair grew even longer, reaching his thighs, and his Namekian outfit was modified to include black kung-fu shoes and white shins. While training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he wore a similar Battle Armor from Planet Namek, which lacked shoulder pads. After leaving the Time Chamber, he grows noticeably taller (roughly Krillin's height), and also quite muscularly developed for his age. He reverts to Piccolo's clothing for the Cell Games, with the addition of Piccolo's white cape and weighted shoulder pads. During this time his hair is spiky much like Goku's. Gohan's outfit in Bojack Unbound which looks exactly like the one Goku wore in the Androids Saga and Majin Buu Saga.
As a young adult, he becomes similar in height to his father. His hair is much shorter and stands on end in a spiky formation, with a single bang hanging over the right side of his forehead. Having slacked off in training, he looks noticeably skinnier and leaner in frame, though still respectfully muscular. Also similar to his father, Gohan is noted as being very attractive by many females such as Erasa and Angela. He alternates between a school uniform, his Great Saiyaman costume, and a blue gi similar to the Piccolo clothing. While wearing his blue gi, his obi, wrist bands and shin guards are red but in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming, the shin guards are reverted to white. During the Buu Saga, he wears Kai clothing given to him by Kibito. In his fight against Super Buu and reuniting with his father and Vegeta after they defeated Kid Buu, Gohan wears an outfit identical to his father. At the party for the celebration of the defeat of Kid Buu, he wears a blue suit as part of his formal clothing.
As an adult in the end of Dragon Ball Z, Gohan's hair would be similar to how it was in the Buu Arc minus the bang which resembles Yamcha's hairstyle from the Androids Saga. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Gohan's wears glasses, a blue vest with a long white undershirt, and brown slacks with black shoes.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’/Dragon Ball Super, having since retired from fighting completely and slacked off in his training, Gohan became very scrawny in build. His hair is also smoother and much flatter. Gohan tends to wear formal clothing as he studies to become a professor consisting of a grey collar shirt with a blue vest and red pants. On Frieza's arrival on Earth, he wears a green tracksuit because he forgot where his gi was. After he resumes training with Piccolo, Gohan slicks up his hair again to have spiky ends. By the time of the Tournament of Power, Gohan's training with Piccolo reconditioned his body, becoming basically as muscular as Goku. When battling, he would slick his hair back up again and removes his glasses. Also for the tournament, in the anime Gohan dons the same style gi he wore against Super Buu, while in the manga he dons a gi virtually identical to what he wore at the Cell Games, minus the white cape and shoulder pads.
In Dragon Ball GT, he retains his hairstyle from the end of Dragon Ball Z with the only difference being it is a little longer and is fully swept up, not having any hanging bangs. He is usually seen dressed like a professor or a businessman, in a suit and a tie. He also wears eyeglasses, though he apparently only needs them for reading, due to the fact that he showed no impairment without them for battle. When facing Syn Shenron, Gohan wears a gi resembling that of the ones Goku used to wear throughout Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super.
In the Assault on the Hell Gate Saga, GT Gohan wears a gi identical to Piccolo's, though without the cape and turban.
As a child, Gohan is a shy and studious intellectual child who lacks the Saiyan fighting spirit, so he had to utilize his incredible half-breed Saiyan potential and emotional reserves to protect those he loves, becoming one of the most powerful Z Fighters. As an adult, he achieves his dream career of becoming a great scholar.
Being only half-Saiyan, Gohan is unusual in his values and personality compared to most full-Saiyans. These unique values and personality separate him from pure Saiyans; as powerful as he is, he does not like fighting much. However, when he is forced to fight, he shows special interest in protecting his family and friends. Like his father, Gohan has a truly pure and gentle heart, apart from having the typical Saiyan appetite and will eat anything.
Though he claims he does not share the love of fighting Goku has, Gohan does indeed love martial arts and adventures. It is also clearly obvious that he enjoys his superhuman powers, and he greatly enjoys using them to be a superhero, though he dislikes receiving the fame and attention that comes with it and prefers to keep a low profile, which is why he created the Great Saiyaman persona, in order to keep his identity a secret. This is even more evident when he didn't acknowledge Cell's defeat at his hands to the public after Mr. Satan falsely took credibility for it. During the Zeno Expo, he admitted that his Saiyan half was getting excited from the challenge shown by Top of Universe 11, demonstrating that even though he despises senseless violence, he actually does enjoy fighting as a sport. It is possible that he prefers not to fight due to the many gruesome and painful fights he experienced in the past, and because of these battles, Gohan has negative emotions associated with fighting.
However, even though he is naturally smart, humble and kind, Gohan himself has been a victim of his own power in the past, whenever Gohan gets a gigantic power boost, he becomes arrogant and cocky, essentially becoming drunk in his power, often acknowledging and even enjoying his superiority over his opponents, as he did when he first became a Super Saiyan 2 against Cell, and later in his life when he achieved his Ultimate form, and fought Super Buu. This fatal flaw of his warrior-personality might be an actual side-effect of his Saiyan-heritage, since Saiyans such as Vegeta, or Nappa, have been known to act similarly when drunk in their own power while fighting. This had to lead him to the brink of defeat on several occasions and has later had to deal with the consequences of his actions, such as the death of his father at the hands of Cell, or Super Buu absorbing him and endangering the entire universe in the process. However, thanks to Piccolo, Gohan works on overcoming this flaw of his, to not let his own superior power blind him on the battlefield ever again.
Besides concerning himself with his family (and his studies), Gohan has a strong attachment with his mentor: his father's former archrival Piccolo. After the death of Goku, Piccolo chose to train Gohan as he sensed the boy's potential power, which would be harnessed to help defend the Earth from the attack of the Saiyans. At first, the relationship with Piccolo is a frightening one, but after just one year, Piccolo admits his change because of the friendship he develops with Gohan and even sacrifices himself to save the boy from Nappa. Gohan has even openly come to think of Piccolo as a surrogate uncle to him. Krillin also has an influence on Gohan, as almost an uncle/nephew relationship, mainly because Krillin is Goku's closest friend. While Gohan does care about his mother, he is like his father in the way that they both have a fear of her temper to the point in Dragon Ball Super he informs his mother that Goku planned to leave to train under Whis, stating that he had to tell her for his own safety, though fortunately Chi-Chi surprisingly calmed down after Goku left with Whis. However, Gohan will defy his mother if it is important as he tells his mother off after she refuses to let him go to Namek to revive Piccolo using the Namekian Dragon Balls, due to feeling responsible for Piccolo's death at the hands of Nappa.
After the battle with Cell, Gohan gives up martial arts to focus on his studies and only resumed his training at the behest of his little brother Goten. Although he acknowledged he had fallen out of practice and lacked the fighting expertise of his father and Vegeta, Gohan gave all that he had as he fought Majin Buu and was eager to kill Buu for murdering his family and friends. In the years to come, he continued to train on-and-off while having a career and being a family man. He marries Videl, with whom he fell in love despite her being Mr. Satan's daughter, and has a daughter named Pan. Gohan proves to be a loving husband and doting father who takes delight in lavishing his daughter with attention and affection.
Unlike his father, Gohan demonstrates interest in girls such as Videl though he is generally shy when it comes to girls around his own age and is respectful more towards girls and women due to his mother's influence (as Chi-Chi ensured that he and his brother had better manners and education than their father). However he can be at times just as oblivious as his father when it comes to romance as he is good natured personality as shown when he suggested Videl cut her hair for practical reasons though she assumed it was because he preferred girls with short hair and angrily told him off when she learned his true reasons as she herself was slowly developing a crush on him at the time and mistook his obliviousness as a sign that he wasn't interested, though she later followed his advice much to his utter confusion. However he too slowly developed feelings for Videl after spending time with her and was deeply angered when she was brutalized by Spopovich to the point he rage caused him to involuntarily transform into a Super Saiyan causing him to lose his bandana, while doing everything he could to restrain himself from interrupting the match. He was even determined to avenge her by defeating Spopovich in the tournament though this ultimately did not occur and Spopovich was killed by Babidi. He also hid his role in Cell's defeat from her out of respect for her and her father, though later came clean during the conflict with Majin Buu though she herself was actually relieved as she had always secretly questioned the validity of her father's claims and only made her feelings for Gohan stronger as she recognized he was truly an awesome guy as he was humble about his achievement and never sought to profit from his defeat of Cell as he could have easily refuted Mr. Satan's claims had he wanted to by simply defeating him in a show of power.
Gohan's feelings for her where so strong that during the Fusion Saga he angrily opposed his father suggestion of using her to bribe the perverted Old Kai to unlock his potential. In fact his angry reaction to his father's questionable yet well meaning suggestion is not unlike Chi-Chi's temper, indicating that he inherited his temper from her which due to his Saiyan genetics likely contributed to his berserker-like rage as a child (as Saiyans can increase strength through rage). However he is somewhat bashful about his feelings for Videl due to his shyness. In Xenoverse 2, while working as an Instructor with Videl his oblivious personality is still present despite his feelings for her (as they are from a time period after the Kid Buu Saga, though still in the early stages of their relationship) as he obliviously asks the Future Warrior to join them when Videl suggests they go to the movies unaware that she was subtly asking Gohan out on a date causing her to angrily uninvite him stating she and the warrior would go to the movies without him out of frustration (she however enlists the Future Warrior's assistance in learning what Gohan likes in an effort to impress him as her attempts have been frustrated by Gohan's well-meaning but pure-hearted obliviousness). However he and Videl managed to bond and grow closer even fighting crime together as the Saiya Squad with Videl even donning her own alter-ego Great Saiyaman 2 (Great Saiyawoman in the Funimation dub) and even developing a fondness for heroic posing despite finding it ridiculous at first, though in Xenoverse 2 it is implied that she reluctantly agreed to pose at Great Saiyaman's insistence and found that she actually enjoyed it which apparently increased their bond with one another. After his marriage to Videl, he became a devoted husband. He felt terrible when Videl was injured during Bulma's birthday due to his drunken overconfidence causing him to recklessly defect a bullet shot by Mai, though fortunately neither Videl or the unborn Pan were seriously hurt and Dende was on hand to heal the injury. Videl later revealed she was pregnant much to Gohan and their family's joy, with Gohan excited at becoming a father. An equally devoted father, though due to his job and family life he neglected his training which left him unprepared for Frieza's revenge.
After witnessing the death of Piccolo, Videl and Pan at the hands of Frieza before it was undone by Whis' Temporal Do-Over (as it was only undone and is still consider part of the official timeline as Whis' absence in an altered timeline in Xenoverse 2 resulted in Gohan dying with his father and everyone saved by Whis, when Frieza destroyed the Earth after Whis and Beerus had been lured away from Age 779 to Age 852 by Towa's trickery, only for it to be undone by the actions of Whis and the Future Warrior to restore the proper history), Gohan realizes that he must get much stronger in order to protect them. Because of this, he asks Piccolo to train him once again. His devotion to protecting his new family helped him regain his strength and he even returned to fighting crime as Great Saiyaman (though Videl remained retired from crime fighting as she was more devoted to being a supportive wife and mother to their baby girl). However while working as a stunt double for Barry Kahn for the Great Saiyaman film after Mr. Satan got him the job (allowing him to ensure the film portrayed his alter-ego accurately so to protect Great Saiyaman's image as a heroic crime fighter), his identity as Great Saiyaman was discovered by pop idol Cocoa Amaguri (after she overheard Gohan talking about it to Bulma) who blackmailed him to fly her around town and do a rehearsal with her (as she was portraying Great Saiyaman's fictional love interest and damsel in distress in the film) though the rehearsal was something that Barry Kahn forced her to do as he planned to blackmail Gohan (and unbeknownst to Cocoa ruin her career at the same time) though Cocoa tried her best to avoid the planned set up by changing the location of the rehearsal as she had developed a crush on Gohan after recognizing how devoted he was to his wife and daughter, though she innocently kissed him on the lips to thank him for his kindness and words of encouragement, unaware that Barry Kahn had secretly followed them and took a picture though Barry's plan was thwarted by Videl seeing through his show of concern in an attempt to woo her after providing her with the photo as evidence that Gohan was unfaithful (when in reality Cocoa had kissed him without warning). After Barry was possessed by Watagash, he kidnapped Pan causing Gohan as Great Saiyaman to become Super Great Saiyaman (basically Gohan transformed into a Super Saiyan while wearing his Great Saiyaman helmet) and defeat the Possessed Barry (who had turned into a monster due to his evil nature powering up Watagash) to protect his family from the possessed actor, managing to separating Barry from Watagash (who was arrested by Jaco as Watagash was a wanted fugitive), though Barry is later blackmailed by Cocoa to prevent him from revealing Gohan's secret identity to the world out of spite. Both Videl and Pan both had the faith Gohan would protect them showing they both know Gohan would do everything in his power to ensure their safety.
By the time of the Tournament of Power, Gohan has become considerably more powerful than before, although it is unclear as to how much more powerful he has become as Piccolo has stated that Gohan's power is truly bottomless and that he can continue to further strengthen himself to new heights. However, despite reawakening his power, Piccolo points out his tendency to become arrogant and let his guard down could prove disastrous for Team Universe 7 during the tournament so Piccolo tries to discipline Gohan in order to break this dangerous habit. After witnessing his son's newfound power, fighting instincts and keeping in mind his keen intellect, Goku makes the decision to step aside from the role of Team Captain and appoints Gohan as the Captain of Team Universe 7 after their fight, stating Gohan's power is similar to his own and his intelligence makes him ideal for the role. Ultimately, Gohan’s goal to grow stronger has taken a unique path compared to other Saiyans. While desiring to surpass his father, he wishes to do so by his own terms and methods, choosing to focus on empowering his natural and unamplified power rather than depend on any Super Saiyan transformations, viewing this as relying more on his Earthling-side than that of Saiyan. During the tournament, Gohan proved to be a very capable leader coming up with numerous strategies on the spot to defeat troublesome opponents. Even Frieza, who detests all Saiyans, actually compliments Gohan's leadership skills, calling him a worthy leader.
In Dragon Ball Online, it is shown that as a scholar Gohan became devoted to studying and researching the nature of ki and begins researching the martial arts of the past, organizing them in his book Groundbreaking Science in Age 804. The book became extremely popular and introduced the concept of ki to the general population of Earth sparking a renewed interest in the martial arts and fighting. One of the articles, "Katchin Can Be Cut!", had an immense influence on his brother and Trunks leading them to study swordsmanship which allowed them to develop their natural potential via intense training and as adults Goten and Trunks founded the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School. The renewed interest in the martial arts also had to lead to the founding of the New Turtle School by Krillin and New Crane School by Tien Shinhan. As Goku and Vegeta had left Earth to settle their rivalry in Age 801 after Goku realized his death was imminent, it was left to the remaining Z Fighters Gohan, Goten, Pan, Trunks, Krillin, and Tien to defend the Earth after the remnants of the Frieza Force invaded Earth following the death of Gohan's father-in-law Mr. Satan whom the Guard Troops that lead the army assumed had defeated Frieza. Like he had in the past, Gohan resorted to using his old alter-ego Great Saiyaman to defend the Earth and managed to convince Pan, Goten, Trunks, Krillin, and Tien to disguise themselves with Saiyaman-like suits as well to hide their identities while combating the Frieza Force, however their ki-based fighting style became a hot topic and global interest in ki escalated. As a result, Gohan in his role as a scholar and Z Fighter ended up sparking a martial arts revolution on Earth and secretly continued to defend Earth with his family and friends as he had done for most of his life.
Gohan was born in May 18 of Age 757, about a year after Goku and Chi-Chi married following the conclusion of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. As a newborn, he went on for a time without a name until Goku's grandfather's name was mentioned, which Gohan liked, as opposed to the name his mother chose (Einstein). His early childhood was a pampered one, unlike his father's. His life was relatively well-balanced with a loving family and a nice home. Gohan was well-adjusted and intelligent, but unlike his father as a child, he lacked any affection for fighting and was easily scared at a level that most normal children would be. Goku gave Gohan the four star Dragon Ball and put it into a hat for him to honor his grandpa. Once, Goku and Chi-Chi were walking through a meadow with Gohan on a stroller, but the stroller was accidentally released, causing them to chase after it. Gohan was then sent flying out of the stroller, but his latent powers' brief awakening not only allowed him to survive crashing into a tree, but also plowing a hole through the trunk, amazing Goku at the hidden power of Gohan.
Dragon Ball Z
Despite Goku's protests, Chi-Chi home-schools Gohan to be a scholar until he is four, before Goku takes him to Kame House to introduce him to Master Roshi, Bulma and Krillin. At this time, he is shown as a shy, but very smart boy who also has a tail like Goku once had before it was removed. He is also very sensitive and appears cowardly at some times. While Goku reunites and talks with his old friends, Gohan rides on Turtle's back, and plays Rock-Paper-Scissors with a crab, enjoying himself. After Goku's brother, Raditz, explains his Saiyan origins and attacks Goku with ease, he kidnaps Gohan while the latter rushed to his father's aid, putting Goku at a stalemate, that if he does not kill 100 humans by the next day, Raditz will eliminate his nephew.
"You stop hurting... MY DADDY!!!"
Gohan soon gets locked up in Raditz's space pod, because Raditz cannot stand his constant crying. It is during this time that Raditz discovers that Gohan is potentially far stronger than Goku himself. During the battle between Goku, Raditz, and Piccolo, Gohan becomes angry and breaks free of the space pod he is being held captive in when he spots Raditz torturing Goku by repeatedly kicking one of Goku's broken ribs. He delivers a devastating blow to his uncle, giving Goku and Piccolo time to kill the evil Saiyan, though Goku dies in the process as well.
After the battle with Raditz, Piccolo, having seen Gohan's power first hand, decides to take Gohan out training in the wilderness. He leaves Gohan alone to survive against dinosaurs and other dangers for six months, though during this time he watches Gohan carefully. During the first six nights, while complaining about the sour flavor of the apples Piccolo has given him, Gohan accidentally looks at a full moon and transforms into a Great Ape. Piccolo (seemingly) destroys the moon, causing Gohan to revert into his normal form before Gohan destroys too much of the land. Piccolo yanks his tail off, then reconstitutes his clothing, giving him a uniform similar to Goku's. The difference: it bears the Demon symbol, to symbolize him being Piccolo's student. For the rest of the year, Piccolo shows no mercy as he teaches Gohan how to fight. Soon, Gohan's bright and cheerful nature makes Piccolo protective over the young boy. As the boy grows on Piccolo, the two of them have a few conversations about Piccolo's past and why he did the things he did and Gohan tells Piccolo he thinks he is not as bad as everyone has told him.
Eventually, the time comes for the Z Fighters to take on the remaining two Saiyans, Vegeta and Nappa. Piccolo senses the Saiyans making their approach and tells Gohan to be ready, when he suddenly senses a third ki from another direction. They think it is another Saiyan but soon find out that it is Krillin who joins them to fight the Saiyans. The Saiyans find them and before the fight starts, they decide to test their Saibamen against the Dragon Team. Soon Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, and Chiaotzu join them in the fight. While Yamcha and one Saibaman fight, Gohan cannot keep up with their speed through his eyes alone, so Piccolo orders Gohan to concentrate and find them using Ki Sense, which Gohan is eventually able to master quickly. When Nappa begins to fight after Yamcha is killed and the six Saibamen are destroyed, Gohan is able to sometimes control his fear but becomes frightened and hides behind rocks because at times his age catches up with him. This prevents him from being very effective in the battle, except for short intervals, such as a point when he single-handedly kicks Nappa through a boulder. During one part of the battle, Piccolo hatches a plan for Gohan to blast Nappa after Piccolo has kicked him towards Krillin, and Krillin then will kick Nappa towards Gohan for the attack. The first two thirds of the plan work accordingly, but when it is Gohan's turn, Gohan cowers behind more boulders, botching the plan, resulting in Piccolo calling him a worthless coward. When Vegeta gives the group three hours for Goku to arrive, Piccolo loses all hope in Gohan, and after some bickering, he orders Gohan to go home. However, Gohan refuses and even realizes Nappa would not let him go away.
When the fight continues after Goku fails to arrive on time, Gohan regains his confidence and does his best to amend for his previous cowardice. Piccolo hatches another plan for Gohan to attack Nappa after Krillin distracts him and Piccolo grabs his tail. Though Gohan quickly goes on the assault, the plan fails when Nappa is shown to have overcome his tail's weakness. Eventually, when Nappa fires a lethal energy blast at Gohan, Piccolo throws himself in front of Gohan and takes the impact. Gohan watches his mentor slowly die, and while Piccolo confesses his true bond with Gohan, Gohan's emotions once again take over, starting to cry in extreme anger. Once Piccolo slowly passes on, Gohan in turn fires a powerful Masenko at Nappa, which does only minimal damage to his arm. With that last Masenko consuming all the energy he had left, Gohan decides to give up and meet his fate, despite Krillin's protests for him to run. He is almost squashed by Nappa, but is saved by the Flying Nimbus when the resurrected Goku finally arrives to the battle. After eating a Senzu Bean with Krillin, he watches Goku overpower Nappa. When Vegeta kills Nappa, Goku tells Gohan to let him battle Vegeta alone, not wanting Gohan to get hurt again.
Later on, after Vegeta turns into a Great Ape using a Power Ball and injures Goku, Gohan returns to the battle. After Yajirobe chops off Vegeta's tail, making him transform back, Gohan was stunned by the true powers of Saiyans. He then fights Vegeta alone while Krillin and a broken Goku prepare to fire a Spirit Bomb, the last resort. Krillin fires the Spirit Bomb, but misses. Gohan bounces it back, hitting Vegeta, but not killing him. Gohan himself transforms into a Great Ape after looking at Vegeta's Power Ball. He defeats Vegeta by landing on him after Vegeta cuts his tail with a Destructo Disc. Afterwards, Goku lets Vegeta go, hoping to one day face him again.
Main articles: Namek Saga, Captain Ginyu Saga, and Frieza Saga After recovering from his injuries in West City hospital, Wukong Hospital, Gohan chose to go to the planet Namek with Krillin and Bulma to gather the Namekian Dragon Balls to bring back his friends back to life, because Piccolo's death caused Kami's death too, which caused the Earth's Dragon Balls to turn to stone. Gohan was on a personal mission to wish back Piccolo, and went so far as to wear a copy of Piccolo's dōgi to honor him.
After their long trip, with a few sidetracks, they finally make it to Namek, where they find out Vegeta has also come seeking the Dragon Balls, along with his former far more powerful boss, Frieza. While scouting the planet with Krillin, Gohan spots Frieza and his minions, Zarbon and Dodoria, tormenting Namekian villagers. When Gohan sees Dodoria, one of Frieza's top henchmen, attack a little Namekian child named Dende, he goes out and attacks him. Afterwards, Dodoria chases Gohan, Krillin and Dende, but they eventually lose him and Vegeta kills Dodoria.
Gohan and Krillin bring the young Namekian Dende to their hiding spot. Bulma awaits them in a Capsule House and is surprised to see Dende. After a meal, Dende explains to them that there is a Dragon Ball kept safe with Grand Elder Guru, the ruler of the Namekians. After Dende takes Krillin to see Guru, Bulma notices that the Dragon Radar is picking up a solitary Dragon Ball in an isolated place (where Vegeta hid it earlier underwater), and has Gohan go retrieve it. Gohan steals a Dragon Ball that Vegeta has hid in a lake for himself, and even tricks Vegeta who runs into him on his way back from retrieving the ball. After Gohan returns to the hideout he meets up again with Krillin who takes him to see Guru where he unlocks his hidden potential. Vegeta eventually figures out that Gohan stole his Dragon Ball and becomes enraged, but the arrival of the Ginyu Force makes Vegeta have to form an alliance with Gohan and Krillin in order to get all the Dragon Balls and put up a fight against Frieza's feared Special Forces. Unfortunately, when they gather all of the Dragon Balls, they are ambushed by the Ginyu Force. The weakest of them, Guldo, is to take on Krillin and Gohan, but fails as Vegeta steps in and decapitates him with his hand.
Then, when Vegeta is fighting a losing battle against Recoome, Krillin and Gohan step in and fight, but it is still not enough. Gohan is on the brink of death until Goku shows up with Senzu Beans. Goku takes on the rest of them, but has his body switched by Captain Ginyu. With Goku completely weak in Captain Ginyu's body, Gohan has to try to fight Captain Ginyu in his father's body (although he is initially reluctant to do so, despite knowing it is not his dad, as he still feels he is injuring his dad by doing so). Captain Ginyu is unable to fully figure out Goku's powers and after a short fight with Gohan, Krillin, and Goku in Ginyu's body, Vegeta kills Jeice and ultimately defeats Ginyu. After Captain Ginyu ends up in a frog's body, Gohan and the others gather the Namekian Dragon Balls and wish for Piccolo to be brought back to life on Namek.
Shortly after, Frieza ambushes them, making them stall for Piccolo to come. In the Z Fighters' battle against Frieza's second form, Krillin is injured by the tyrant and is sent into the depths of the water below. Gohan rushes to save his friend from drowning, but Frieza stops him. Getting angry, Gohan attacks Frieza with a barrage of punches and kicks followed by the Gekiretsu Madan (a massive wave of energy blasts), following up with a Masendan to finish the job, that would bring the tyrant to his knees. When Piccolo (now greatly powered up after fusing with the Namekian hero Nail) arrives on the battle field, he fights an even battle against Frieza while Gohan and the others watch in amazement.
However, Frieza transforms into his third transformation and gains the upper hand against Piccolo. Seeing this, Gohan becomes enraged and attacks Frieza with the Full Power Masenko, hindering Frieza for a few minutes. Eventually, Frieza manages to deflect the attack back at Gohan, who is saved by Piccolo when he destroys the attack with a Ki Blast. Frieza then transforms into his final form, and as his first act, kills Dende, who had been healing the Z Fighters. Frieza then tries to kill Gohan with a Death Beam, but Vegeta saves the young Saiyan by kicking him out of the way of the blast. Gohan, Krillin, and Piccolo watch in horror as Vegeta gets brutally beaten by Frieza until Goku arrives. In the end, Vegeta meets his end at the hands of Frieza, who kills him with a Death Beam.
Gohan and the others are left on the sidelines while Goku fights an even battle against Frieza. However, things turn bad when Frieza powers up to 50% of his power and gains the upper hand against Goku, who desperately attempts to use the Spirit Bomb. In order to buy Goku some time, Gohan and Krillin lend their energy to Piccolo so he can stall Frieza enough for Goku to complete his Large Spirit Bomb. When Frieza prepares to kill Piccolo, Gohan and Krillin summon up the last of their energy and distract the tyrant with a surprise attack, saving the Namekian's life. Goku then fires his completed Spirit Bomb. It proves successful and Frieza is plummeted into the depths of the Spirit Bomb, heavily injuring him.
Believing the tyrant to be dead, the heroes relax and prepare to go back home to Earth, until Frieza appears on top of a boulder and reveals to be alive. Frieza mortally wounds Piccolo (in the anime, Frieza attempted to fire a Death Beam at Goku, but Piccolo pushed him out of the way and got hit by the laser instead, whereas in manga, Frieza intended to fire the attack at Piccolo), overwhelming Gohan with horror and grief at the presumed death of his mentor and friend. Next, Frieza kills Krillin, by telekinetically blowing him up into pieces, which enrages Goku and allows him to transform into a Super Saiyan. He assertively orders Gohan to take Piccolo and retrieve Bulma and take them to the ship that he traveled in and use it to head back to Earth. Reluctantly obeying his father's wishes, Gohan leaves the battle field with the unconscious Piccolo and manages to retrieve Bulma.
"You killed my Dad. And Krillin too. And the others... Because of you, they're gone! I'm going to make you pay for what you did to them!!!"
Later, when he senses that his father is supposedly dead, Gohan returns to the fight to stall Frieza before Namek explodes. However, despite his best efforts, he is unable to stall Frieza as the tyrant taunts him and he is not fighting, in addition to Frieza deducing the real reason Gohan is attempting to fight him. However, Gohan then senses that his father is still alive and powers up. Next, Gohan attacks Frieza with a barrage of punches and kicks, while expressing anger that Frieza harmed Goku, knocking him to the ground and finally blasting him with a Super Masenko. Unfortunately, Frieza appears unaffected by the attack and powers up to full power again, saying that Gohan is a true Saiyan and that is why Frieza must kill him. However, before Frieza can kill Gohan, Goku rises up from the ocean below and tells Gohan to get off Namek. Gohan flies away from the fight and encourages his father to win. As Gohan is flying back to the spaceship, he and the others are later transported to Earth by Porunga while Goku is left finishing the battle with Frieza on the dying planet Namek.
After Goku wins the battle, but is caught in planet Namek's explosion, Gohan and the others mourn the Saiyan warrior's apparent death. Months later, they are allowed to use the Namekian Dragon Balls to wish Goku back to life. However, they are shocked after the Eternal Dragon Porunga refuses the wish that Goku be brought back to life, but everyone rejoices once the Dragon explains that Goku did not die from Namek's explosion. During this time of peace, everyone awaits the arrival of Goku, and Gohan goes back to his studies while Piccolo watches over him and his mother.
Only in the anime, while Gohan is still waiting his father to come back home. Krillin invites Gohan to a party at Kame House with Gohan saying he'll ask his mother, however, she refuses when later asked and Gohan sneaks out riding Icarus during the evening. Garlic Jr. escapes from the Dead Zone, and enslaves most of humanity with the Black Water Mist that he obtains on top of The Lookout though Gohan is unaffected due to hiding in a cave with his dragon friend Icarus at the time. Shortly afterward, having escaped from the Dead Zone, Garlic Jr. releases the Black Water Mist, found on The Lookout, and enslaves most of humanity though Gohan is unaffected due to hiding in a cave with Icarus. Gohan arrives at Kame House to find his mother and friends, save for Krillin and Maron, have all fallen prey to Garlic Jr.'s evil plan and are transformed. A battle ensues between those transformed and those who managed to escape the mist and Gohan and Krillin manage to escape.
They head to the Lookout to retrieve the Sacred Water, where they discover that he and Mr. Popo were imprisoned by Garlic Jr. Gohan does battle with Garlic Jr.'s henchmen, the Spice Boys, and after killing them, he has to face his friends: Krillin and Piccolo. Luckily, it turns out that these two are only pretending to be evil so they can free Kami and Mr. Popo. While outmatched at first, after a reunion with his friends, Gohan eventually manages to overcome and send Garlic Jr. back to the Dead Zone by blowing up the Makyo Star that is powering the villain. This would be the first time Gohan has saved the world without his father's help.
A year after (two years later in Funimation dub) Goku defeated Frieza on Namek, Gohan and Chi-Chi still wait for Goku's safe return to Earth. However, things turn bad when the Z Fighters sense Frieza heading towards Earth, along with another powerful being: his father, King Cold. Gohan and the Z Fighters regroup where Frieza and King Cold's spaceship is landing, at Northern Wastelands, but without Goku's help, the Earth appears to be doomed. However, when Frieza and King Cold land on Earth, they are confronted by a mysterious youth, who transforms into a Super Saiyan and easily destroys Frieza and King Cold along with their henchmen.
After the fight, he tells the others to follow him to when and where Goku will be arriving. After waiting two hours (three in the manga), Goku arrives on Earth and he and the youth have a private talk. With the conversation over, the youth departs to his future, but promises to meet them again when the Androids arrive. During the next three years, Gohan trains hard with Goku and Piccolo to prepare for the Android threat.
Main article: Androids Saga
"These guys are ruthless. What happened back in the city will happen everywhere. They'll start torching the whole planet if we walk away."
Three years later, the Z Fighters locate the Androids on an island nine miles southwest of South City. However, not wanting to fight in the city in fear of causing more damage after Gero had already destroyed half of the city, they fly to a wasteland so they can fight. Goku transforms into his Super Saiyan form and dominates Android 19, until the Saiyan contracts the heart virus Future Trunks warned him about three years prior, allowing Android 19 to gain the upper hand and steals some of Goku's energy. Goku, however, is saved by the arrival of Vegeta, who transforms into a Super Saiyan himself and easily destroys Android 19 while the Z Fighters watch in amazement.
With Android 19 destroyed, Android 20 becomes scared and retreats, with the Z Fighters in pursuit. During the search, Piccolo is suddenly ambushed by Android 20, who attempts to steal the Namekian's energy and use it against Vegeta. Luckily, Piccolo telepathically contacts Gohan and tells him to come help him. Gohan soon arrives and knocks Dr. Gero down to the ground, saving Piccolo's life as the Z Fighters gather around. Piccolo then fights Android 20 alone and dominates the android with the strength he achieved from the last three years of intense training, cutting off one of Gero's hands. Future Trunks then comes back from the future and arrives on the battle field with the Z Fighters, only to discover that these Androids are not the ones in his future timeline. However, Android 20 manages to escape and the Z Fighters search for him while Gohan flies Bulma, Trunks, and Yajirobe back home to Capsule Corporation. Dr. Gero makes it back to his lab and activates two of his more powerful creations, Android 17 and Android 18. However, the Androids rebel and kill Dr. Gero and proceeded to activate another android, Android 16, whose sole purpose is to kill Goku. The Z Fighters battle the new Androids, only to be badly beaten as the Androids fly away to find and kill Goku.
"But, if you could actually go back and destroy the Androids in the past, what would happen to the ones that are already here? In our present I mean. Would they all just, disappear or something? Or, would it be more like they, well, like they never existed?"
When the Z Fighters are in an airplane with a weakened Goku, flying away from the Androids, Gohan and Future Trunks leave and meet with Bulma to investigate an old time machine that was used to travel to the past. The time machine is covered in moss and has a large hole at the top. In there, they find a large egg shell split in half, but can not get any conclusions from it. Then, Gohan finds some thing unusual in the distance: the skin of a huge bug (later known as the android, Cell). Bulma takes the shell with her to do some more investigating.
After Goku is cured from the heart virus, he takes Gohan, Future Trunks, and Vegeta up at The Lookout, where they are shown by Mr. Popo a special room up at Kami's Lookout, known as the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, in preparation for a new threat: Cell. In the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Future Trunks and Vegeta both enter the room first for the whole day while Goku and Gohan wait and sense that Piccolo (now fused with Kami and returned to the original nameless Namekian) is fighting against the Androids. Gohan tries to go down to Earth and help Piccolo, but Goku does not let him go and explains he is not strong enough and will only get in Piccolo's way. Goku tells Gohan as soon as they get their training done, they will go down to Earth and help Piccolo.
"NO!!! I can't just sit here and do nothing, I'm going down there! Got it!? I'm done waiting!"
Later, when Piccolo was nearly killed by a powered-up Cell, who arrived on the battle field between Piccolo and Android 17, Goku and Gohan sense Piccolo's energy disappear. Believing his mentor to be dead, an enraged Gohan tries to go down to Earth, but is held and calmed down by Goku. Still angered, Gohan flies up into the air and tries to escape from the Lookout, but is punched down to the ground by Goku. As Mr. Popo rushes to help him, he explains to Gohan that Goku is hurting inside too and is even more angry than Gohan about Piccolo's near death. Gohan and Goku apologize to each other for their actions, and Goku promises that he will not let Piccolo's sacrifice be in vain.
"I've gotta be strong! Everyone's counting on me, I can't let them down! Like against the Saiyans... or the Ginyu Force, or Frieza. Whenever my friends needed me most I was always too weak or too scared to help them. I've been letting them down my whole life!"
After Cell absorbs Android 17 and achieved his Semi-Perfect form, he is about to set his sights on Android 18 when Tien Shinhan arrives and attacks Cell with his Neo Tri-Beam, allowing Android 18 and Android 16 (who was injured by Semi-Perfect Cell) to escape. Goku and Gohan sense Tien's energy decreasing and he finally collapses from exhaustion. Just before Semi-Perfect Cell can kill Tien, Goku uses Instant Transmission to appear on the battle field. He grabs the barely alive Tien and Piccolo and teleports back to the Lookout, where they are fully healed with a Senzu Bean. Piccolo explains that despite their best efforts against Semi-Perfect Cell, they proved useless.
At that moment, Mr. Popo interrupts and brings the group to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, where Future Trunks and Vegeta emerge stronger than ever. They are given new Saiyan armor by Bulma (who by this time already arrived) and fly down to the Earth to confront Semi-Perfect Cell. While Vegeta and Future Trunks fight Semi-Perfect Cell, Goku and Gohan enter and train in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber while wearing some new Saiyan armor made by Bulma. In the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, Gohan struggles to transform into a Super Saiyan. Goku informs him that to become a Super Saiyan, it must be triggered by anger and rage. Gohan realizes the only way to become a Super Saiyan is for his father to fight him at full power. Hesitantly, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan and fires a powerful Kamehameha at Gohan. Gohan blocks the attack and thinks about all the other times he was not able to help his friends whenever they were in danger while his friends helped him out if he was in danger.
Thinking about this, Gohan becomes overwhelmed with rage, allowing him to transform into a Super Saiyan and fire the Kamehameha back at Goku, who dodges the attack and tells his son to focus his energy, making him return to his base form. Goku tells Gohan they can take a break and even gives his son a haircut. Later, Gohan again transforms into his Super Saiyan form and trains while Goku sits down and watches his son's training in his Super Saiyan form improve. He then offers to take a lunch break and has Gohan use one of his ki blasts to roast the meat. Gohan does so, but he unintentionally ends up burning the meat, as well as setting Goku's hair on fire. Goku then lectures him about the importance of controlling his power as Gohan attempts to warn an oblivious Goku about his hair being on fire, with Goku realizing mid-lecture and begs Gohan to help put it out. Gohan gets tired and transforms back into his base form when Goku demonstrates the second and third grade forms (which are the forms that Vegeta and Future Trunks are using against Cell, who by this time had achieved his perfect form by absorbing Android 18).
Seeing this incredible strength and power, Gohan is sure Goku can beat Cell, but Goku says he can't. He explains that because his muscles are now bulky, they slow down his speed, which is obviously important in the fight with Cell. Goku tells Gohan that transforming into a Super Saiyan takes a great deal of energy, but they need all the Super Saiyan energy they can get. Goku comes up with a plan to transform into a Super Saiyan Full Power, so he tells Gohan to try and stay transformed as a Super Saiyan for the whole day when it starts to feel normal.
At some point during their training, Goku prepared to call it a day, but then Gohan then manages to surprise Goku by transforming into an unprecedented Super Saiyan form before collapsing from exhaustion. Although Gohan does not remember it due to the strain of this initial transformation, it ended up being the catalyst that caused Goku to realize that, should Cell achieve his perfect form, Gohan is the only one of the Z-Fighters, including Goku himself, who would stand any chance at defeating Cell in even that state.
With their training finally completed, Gohan and Goku emerge earlier than expected from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber as Super Saiyan Full Powers. As Goku and Gohan are eating food made by Mr. Popo (because they do not really know how to cook when they were in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber), Future Trunks, after being defeated by Perfect Cell along with his father Vegeta, tells them that Perfect Cell is hosting a tournament for the Earth's strongest warriors called the Cell Games, to which Goku thinks of it as an interesting challenge. While Goku wears his trademark orange and blue clothes for the tournament, Gohan asks Piccolo for a copy of his uniform, since he was his first mentor. Piccolo conjures up a uniform similar to his for Gohan, who happily appreciates the new outfit.
Goku pays Perfect Cell a visit using Instant Transmission, and after returning, he claims he is no match for the android. Piccolo suggests they can still go in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for extra training. However, Goku declines and says that he and Gohan can train outside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, greatly surprising everyone. Goku and Gohan leave the Lookout, (after Goku and Gohan show Korin and Yajirobe their new power) and arrive at the Kame House to pick up Chi-Chi so they can go home. Gohan asks his father if they have a chance of beating Cell if they spend the next nine days resting and training outside. Goku laughs and says they do not have to worry about it now, since they have nine days to relax. Gohan and Goku go inside and meet everyone else (at one point, Oolong and Puar even say that Gohan has, "buffed up"). However, when Chi-Chi sees Goku and Gohan, she freaks out and exclaims that Gohan has become a hair-dyeing punk.
In a filler episode, Gohan flies to a village called Chazke Village to run a shopping errand for his mother. He meets Lime and Mr. Lao there, and later encounters one of his father's deadliest enemies in his childhood: Mercenary Tao, rebuilt as a cyborg. Taken over by panic and shock at discovering Gohan is Goku's son, Mercenary Tao flies away on a tree. Goku arrives and he and Gohan are given the groceries by Mr. Lao, who encourages them that they can defeat Cell. Gohan and Goku say their goodbyes to Mr. Lao and Lime and fly back home.
In another filler episode, Gohan has his 11th birthday and all of his other memories are revealed. One of his memories include Goku, Chi-Chi, and the Ox-King discussing a name for their newborn son. However, when they mention Grandpa Gohan, Goku's deceased adoptive grandfather, they discover the baby laughs at the name, "Gohan." Seeing as the baby likes the name, "Gohan", Goku, Chi-Chi, and Ox-King name the baby, "Gohan." In another flashback Goku, Chi-Chi, and Gohan are walking in the woods when they look up in a tree at a bird family. However, Goku accidentally lets go of Gohan's stroller, causing Gohan to zoom violently down the hill while Goku and Chi-Chi run for their lives after their crying son. The stroller jumps over a ravine and heads for a tree where it crashes and breaks. The crying Gohan is about to smash into the tree, but he stops crying and uses his hidden power to smash through the tree without injury. Goku catches Gohan on the other side of the tree and he laughs, ending the flashback.
Gohan, Goku, and Krillin return home, where they, along with Chi-Chi and Ox-King, celebrate Gohan's 11th birthday. Before he blows out the candles, Gohan makes a wish in his mind. He wishes he would have enough strength to defeat Cell so his family would live in peace. However, when Gohan blows out the candles, he accidentally ends up blowing the cake everywhere on everybody's face. Chi-Chi says a boy would get severely punished for trashing his birthday cake. However, Chi-Chi's mood changes to happy and she says he can not help it because he is Goku's son, to which everyone joyfully laughs.
"Look. I'm giving you the chance to end this without violence. I really don't want to kill you. Even if you are evil, you can still walk away. I'm not interested in fighting you just for the challenge, my dad’s the one who cares about that stuff..."
Finally, ten days have passed and the Z Fighters arrive at the Cell Games for the battle against Perfect Cell. Goku is the first Z Fighter to battle against Perfect Cell and matches the monster blow for blow. To everyone's surprise, Goku forfeits the battle against Perfect Cell after using the Instant Kamehameha which left him and Cell drained. Goku then chooses Gohan to fight Perfect Cell in his place. Gohan states Goku and Cell's battle was not hard to keep up with, leading to the conclusion that Gohan was possibly stronger than Goku, who was fighting at full power. Gohan powers up to the point where his power exceeds even Goku's and reluctantly fights Perfect Cell. As the battle occurs, Gohan does not have the same fighting spirit as his father nor does he have the desire to kill, thus allowing Perfect Cell to gain the upper hand. Gohan tells Cell that once he becomes enraged, his hidden power is unleashed, referring to when he attacked Raditz, when he was in training with Piccolo, and when he was fighting Frieza. Gohan did not wish to see this power unleashed, much to Perfect Cell's chagrin.
Believing he could see this hidden power, Perfect Cell began smacking Gohan around to get him angry. Gohan finally gets a little angry and kicks Perfect Cell in the face, giving him a bloody lip and fueling his desire to see Gohan's hidden power. When things start to get dangerous, Android 16 sneaks up behind Perfect Cell and gives him a bear hug, attempting to self-destruct and take the monster with him. However, Krillin reveals to Android 16 that Bulma and her father removed the self-destruct bomb, allowing Perfect Cell to break free and blast Android 16 to bits, much to the horror of the Z Fighters. However, the android's head is left still intact and rolls over to Mr. Satan and his gang, who were hiding and watching the fight.
"What are you so afraid of, Cell? Isn't this what you wanted? I warned you. I told you what would happen if you pushed me too far. But you didn't listen. You forced me to awaken my hidden power, and now that you've seen it, you're afraid... because you know that I'm going to destroy you."
Perfect Cell then creates seven Cell Juniors and has them attack the Z Fighters. Gohan watches in horror and becomes angry as his friends are mercilessly beaten by the Cell Jrs. Meanwhile, the head of Android 16 convinces Mr. Satan to throw his head to where Gohan and Perfect Cell are so that he may help Gohan. Now in Gohan's sight, Android 16 tells Gohan to not be afraid of releasing his anger and that it was okay to fight if he wants to protect the people and world he loved. Finally, 16 said to Gohan to drop his restraints and let it go because he has enough power and strength to defeat Perfect Cell. With Android 16's final words, Perfect Cell crushes Android 16's head, ending the peaceful android's life. Touched by Android 16's final words and enraged by the peaceful android's death, Gohan's rage reaches its limits and transforms him into a new level, Super Saiyan 2.
Now in his new anger-fueled state, Gohan says to Perfect Cell stating that he will never forget what he has done. He approaches the android and quickly snatches the Senzu Beans that Perfect Cell stole from Krillin. Gohan disappears as Cell tries to grab them back and appears in front of a Cell Jr., showing new amounts of speed. The Cell Jr. attempts to strike Gohan, only to be easily killed by the enraged young Saiyan. Gohan moves so fast that it appears that he has teleported to where Krillin is held captive by two of the Cell Jrs., something that Future Trunks realizes about Gohan increasing his strength and power without losing speed. Gohan rescues Krillin and kills another of the Cell Jrs. Seeing this new incredible power that Goku spoke of earlier, Perfect Cell orders all of the Cell Jrs. to take on Gohan all at once; however, Gohan easily kills all of Cell Jrs. without mercy, much to the amazement and shock of everyone, including Perfect Cell. After Gohan gives the stolen Senzu Beans to Future Trunks to heal the Z Fighters, he proceeds to challenge Perfect Cell.
As the Z Fighters are healed by the Senzu Beans and get to a safe distance, Gohan battles Perfect Cell and gains the upper hand against the android. Perfect Cell unleashes his maximum power and punches Gohan hard in the face. However, Gohan is barely fazed by Perfect Cell's blow and counterattacks with two powerful punches to his stomach and face, severely injuring the Android. Perfect Cell fires attacks used by some of the Z Fighters, including the Destructo Disc, Special Beam Cannon, and Scatter Shot at Gohan, who easily brushes through the attacks. Gohan tells Perfect Cell that he should not have pushed him and because of that, he is going to destroy him.
Perfect Cell flies up high into the air and fires a massive Kamehameha down at Gohan in an attempt to destroy the entire Earth. However, just as the huge energy beam is about to hit the Earth, Gohan counterattacks with a bigger and more powerful Kamehameha, overpowering Perfect Cell's Kamehameha and destroying the android's legs, left arm, and the two straight sections on top of his head. Goku yells for Gohan to finish off Cell before he regenerates, but Gohan, still enraged at Perfect Cell's actions, refuses and wants Cell to suffer before he kills him. Surprisingly, Gohan even cracks out a psychotic grin at Goku while Cell is regenerating while Goku continues telling him to finish Cell. As Goku predicted, the enraged Cell regenerates and transforms into his Power Weighted form but even with his enormous power, he is unable to hit Gohan, making the same mistake Future Trunks made ten days ago. After Gohan dodges Cell's punches, he delivered two powerful kicks to Perfect Cell's face and stomach, making him regurgitate Android 18 and transform back into his Semi-Perfect form.
In a fit of anger and desperation, Semi-Perfect Cell began a Self Destruction technique, planning to blow himself up along with the Earth. Gohan attempts to attack the self-destructing Semi-Perfect Cell, but the android replies that if he is hit, he will immediately explode. Hearing this, Gohan realizes that there is no way that he can save the Earth and blames himself for not finishing Cell off sooner. However, at the last second, Goku uses instant-transmission to transport in front of Semi-Perfect Cell. Goku tells Gohan how proud he is of his son for putting up a good fight and to look after Chi-Chi. After a heart-felt goodbye to his son, Goku transports Cell away from Earth to King Kai's Planet where Semi-Perfect Cell finally explodes, destroying the planet and killing Goku, King Kai, Bubbles, and Gregory in the process. Back on Earth, Gohan and the other Z Fighters mourn Goku's noble sacrifice. Realizing how cocky and arrogant he was, Gohan cries and blames himself for his father's death while Krillin tries to comfort him.
However, unknown to the Z Fighters, Cell survives the explosion, regenerating from a lone cell in his core. Doing this effectively raised his power higher due to the Saiyan genes he absorbed from Goku and Vegeta, and he also learned Goku's Instant Transmission technique, which he used to head back to Earth. As his first act of return, Super Perfect Cell kills Future Trunks with one blast in front of the shocked Z Fighters. Gohan was in fact pleased to see Super Perfect Cell had returned, hoping to defeat the android so he could avenge his father. Enraged by his son's death, Vegeta in a fit of fury and rage, transformed into to a Super Saiyan and attacked Super Perfect Cell with a powerful barrage of energy blasts. However, as the dust clears, Super Perfect Cell emerges from the blast, unharmed, and smacks Vegeta aside to the ground and fires a powerful blast at the Saiyan prince. Gohan jumps in front of the unconscious Vegeta and takes the full-force of Super Perfect Cell's attack, costing him the use of his left arm and most of his power drained.
Wanting to end the conflict, Super Perfect Cell prepares a massive Kamehameha to destroy Gohan, who loses all hope after having his left arm broken and seeing how much more powerful Super Perfect Cell is now. However, at that moment, Goku telepathically contacted Gohan with the help of King Kai and encouraged Gohan to believe in his power. When Gohan tells Goku it was all his fault that this happened, Goku reminds him that not only do things like this happen, but if anyone is to blame for it, it is Super Perfect Cell. With new found hope and confidence, Gohan prepares a one-handed Kamehameha with the assistance from Goku's spirit. With their attacks finally charged and ready, Gohan and Super Perfect Cell fire their Kamehameha attacks at each other, resulting in a huge Beam Struggle that knocks everyone away.
During the Kamehameha duel between Gohan and Super Perfect Cell, Super Perfect Cell has the upper hand against Gohan. However, Gohan, still aided by his father in Other World, is able to charge more of his power into his Kamehameha, seemingly bringing the energy duel to a standstill. The Z Fighters, except for Vegeta, also help out Gohan by blasting Super Perfect Cell, who retaliates by knocking all of them away with his energy, rendering them unable to help Gohan. However, just as Super Perfect Cell is about to destroy Gohan, Vegeta, after regaining his confidence, aims at Super Perfect Cell's head with a Galick Blazer, distracting the android. Seeing this opportunity, Gohan (encouraged by Goku) unleashes all the rest of his power into his Kamehameha, completely destroying every cell in Super Perfect Cell's body, dispatching the android once and for all. Having successfully won, Gohan reverts to his normal state and collapses to the ground, breathing heavily and smiling as Goku in Other World expresses how proud he is of his son for finally defeating Super Perfect Cell and saving the world.
Following Super Perfect Cell's defeat, the Z Fighters and Gohan return to Dende's Lookout, where he is healed by Dende. With the newly recreated Dragon Balls, they summon Shenron and wish for all of Cell's victims to be revived. However, Goku does not come back and telepathically contacts the Z Fighters on the Lookout. Goku tells them not to revive him and explains that he seemed to attract evil villains that were after him, so the Earth would be safer if he was not there. He also said that Gohan had greatly surpassed him and if there were any other threats, Gohan would be there to defend the Earth. With the conversation over, Gohan and the Z Fighters say their goodbyes to Goku and to each other before leaving Kami's Lookout and going their separate ways, leaving the Earth safe once more.
Great Saiyaman Saga
Seven years after the events of the Cell Games, Gohan lives at home with his mother and his seven-year-old brother named Goten, born just after the Cell Games. His training has taken a backseat to his studies and his strength has decreased overtime, although he can still compete with Goku and Vegeta, who have trained hard in those years. Chi-Chi decides Gohan needs to attend high school in order to pursue higher education, so she sends him to Orange Star High School in Satan City. On his first day in the city, he turns Super Saiyan (in order to conceal his identity) to stop a robbery, and by the time he arrives at Orange Star High tales of the newest hero, "Gold Fighter", have already spread (which name was actually given to him after two previous incidents while going to the school to take entrance exams). In class, he meets another crime-fighter and the most popular girl in school, Videl. She is the daughter of Mr. Satan, who got rich and famous for stealing Gohan's credit over the defeat of Cell. While at school, Gohan also had to be careful not to reveal his true power.
"Guardian of the city, I am the one and only... Great Saiyaman!"
However, Gohan makes the mistake of forgetting to take off his student badge as the "Gold Fighter" and unintentionally performs superhuman feats during PE class, unfortunately earning him unwanted attention from his classmates. Videl is especially suspicious of Gohan and spies on him to see if he is really the Gold Fighter. Videl confronts Gohan several times to voice her suspicions, but Gohan nervously denies them and uses his speed to escape from her spying. Gohan decides to use a disguise when fighting crime and goes to Bulma to make him a costume. While he waits for Bulma to finish his disguise, Gohan greets Trunks, who is being trained by Vegeta to surpass Gohan. When Vegeta appears, Gohan says hello, but the Saiyan prince simply replies to Gohan that he will get rusty if he overlooks his training. After a few hours, Bulma gives Gohan a device resembling a watch to instantly give him a disguise, leading Trunks to comment on how lame Gohan looked while wearing it. Thanking Bulma, Gohan went home. Telling the Flying Nimbus to fly home at maximum speed, Gohan expressed joy that his identity won't be so easily discovered while fighting crime. He uses the name "Great Saiyaman" to hide his identity so that the media will not bother his family.
However, while trying to convince Videl to let him return a stolen pterodactyl baby to its two pterodactyl parents, he accidentally reveals his identity to Videl, who then blackmails Gohan to compete against her in the newly revived World Martial Arts Tournament in exchange for her silence (In the manga, she very easily tricks Gohan into revealing his identity after stopping some thugs by asking the Great Saiyaman how he left class, and he answers her, revealing that he is actually Gohan). Gohan, having no experience with kids his own age, especially girls, is helpless against the confident Videl, who makes him promise to teach her how to fly.
At Capsule Corporation, Gohan tells Bulma about how he's being blackmailed into entering the World Martial Arts Tournament by Videl, who saw through his Great Saiyaman disguise. Bulma offers to fix his helmet so it alters his voice, but Gohan points out that he can't wear helmets or armor in the tournament and asks if there was something that could replace the helmet. Bulma comes up with a workaround, replacing the helmet with a bandanna and sunglasses, which unfortunately does little to reduce just how ridiculous the costume is. When Bulma points out that Gohan would have no challenge when he enters the Tournament, Vegeta enters, deciding to compete as well, wanting to see if he's surpassed Gohan by continuing to train while the young half Saiyan has grown complacent. Goku, listening in from the Other World, contacts them and tells them he'll compete too, using his one-day pass to the living world. To make it more interesting, and to give them a chance to meet Goku again, Gohan tells all his friends about the tournament, and they all decide to compete.
World Tournament Saga
His first stop is the Kame House, where Krillin lives with Android 18, and their daughter Marron. When Gohan reveals that the top 5 places win prize money, Android 18 quickly badgers Krillin into entering. Next, Gohan heads for The Lookout, where he tells Piccolo, Dende, and Mr. Popo about the upcoming tournament. Piccolo agrees to enter, but Dende refuses, since he's a healer, not a warrior. Gohan doesn't know where Tien Shinhan is, and Bulma would tell Yamcha, so that covers everyone Gohan knows. Gohan then begins to wonder how Chi-Chi would take the news that Goku was coming back, and if she'd even allow him to compete. As it turns out, once he mentions Goku and the prize money, Chi-Chi immediately gives him permission both to compete and to take time off from school to train for it.
The next day, Gohan's ready to get back to training, with the help of his brother, Goten. Gohan decides to begin his training by going Super Saiyan and practicing his reflexes. He gathers a pile of rocks, draws a line in the dirt, and tells Goten to throw the rocks at him from there. Goten asks if he's sure Gohan wants to start that close, but at Gohan's insistence, Goten throws a rock. Gohan is caught by surprise at how hard Goten can throw, and only manages to barely get out of the way as the rock flies at him, and it slams into the cliff behind him, smashing it. Realizing Goten's a lot stronger than he was expecting, Gohan moves the line further back. Goten starts throwing the rocks again, and Gohan manages to dodge them easily now.
Eventually, Goten stops throwing the rocks and asks if he can go Super Saiyan like Gohan. Gohan laughs, telling him it would take a long time for him to be strong enough to go Super Saiyan, but then Goten goes Super Saiyan, utterly shocking Gohan to see his younger brother easily break his record as the youngest Super Saiyan ever. Changing his plan, Gohan asks him if he knows martial arts, and Goten tells him that Chi-Chi was teaching him how to fight while Gohan was working on homework. When Gohan asks if Chi-Chi knows Goten can go Super Saiyan, Goten says he showed her once, and she said it made him look like a punk. Knowing that feeling too well, Gohan laughs about it. As they practice fighting, Gohan manages to avoid one of Goten's kicks by flying into the air. Goten calls Gohan a cheater because Goten doesn't know how to fly, stumping Gohan again. Gohan then sees a familiar airplane fly by, and realizes Videl's on her way to his house. Gohan tells Goten not to go Super Saiyan in front of her.
As they run back to their house, Goten is amazed at how strong Gohan was, but Gohan says Goten could enter the tournament too if he trained hard enough. Goten then tells Gohan that Trunks is even stronger than him, and Gohan starts to get worried that the kids will leave him in the dust if he's not careful. Gohan and Goten return to their house, where they find Videl and Chi-Chi in an argument. Gohan just sighs, saying he only wanted to train quietly. In the wilderness, Gohan begins to teach Goten and Videl how to fly, saying it's just a matter of controlling their energy, however, he learns that Videl has no knowledge of energy, since her father believes it to be just a trick. Goten demonstrates by shooting a Ki Blast and blowing up some rocks. Videl is very confused, so Gohan begins to train her from scratch, though she picks it up pretty quickly.
After eating lunch with Chi-Chi, Videl has managed to gain enough control of her ki to begin floating, much to Gohan's amazement. Goten, however, has rapidly mastered flight and is flying around freely. Gohan reassures Videl that once she gets some training, she'll be able to fly like him. Videl says she'll come back tomorrow, to Gohan's surprise. Gohan says she's already learned all she needs to, and can learn the rest on her own. Videl says she wants to learn more about Ki, and asks if she's a bother to have around. Gohan says no, so Videl reaffirms that she'll come back tomorrow. Before Videl can leave, however, Gohan suggests she cut her hair short. Videl blushes a bit, thinking Gohan prefers girls with short hair. Gohan obliviously states that it's for practical reasons, since short hair would be better in a fight. Embarrassed, Videl yells that her hair is her business and flies off in her plane. Nevertheless, the next day, Videl returns with her hair cut short. Gohan finds himself confused, not understanding girls at all.
Videl is shown to be getting really good at ki control, as she's now floating a good ways above the ground. Goten, however, is still flying freely, and Videl wonders when she'll get that good. Gohan says that he doesn't know, so Videl says she'll come every day until she can. Gohan then suggests to Goten that he stop showing off while Videl's around.
Videl decides to take a break and tells Gohan not to say anything to her father about her learning to fly, because she wants it to be a surprise. She also doesn't want her father to know that she's going to a boy's house, since he won't let her go out with anybody weaker than him, but since he's the World Champion, she believes everybody's weaker than him. Gohan asks if she's ever practiced with her father, and she says no. Gohan grins, knowing Videl doesn't realize she's a lot stronger than Mr. Satan. Gohan changes the subject, asking if Videl would be disappointed if her father lost. Videl just laughs, saying she'd be glad to see someone knock her arrogant father down a peg, to Gohan's delight. Videl then asks who trained Gohan. Gohan answers that it was an old friend and his father, before he died. Videl asks if his father was strong, and Gohan confirms this. Goten then blurts out that their father is coming back for the tournament, despite Gohan just saying he died. Videl takes it that their father actually divorced their mother, and secretly told them he was coming back for the tournament, but not her. Videl then shrugs the whole thing off and they get back to training.
After ten days, Videl has developed her flight skills to the point of being able to fly freely, putting an end to her training with Gohan. This allows Gohan and Goten to get serious about their own training to get ready for the upcoming Tournament and their chance to see their father again.
On the day of the Tournament, the Dragon Team, and their family and friends go the arena in a plane being flown by Bulma. Gohan doubts his father will recognize Krillin with his hair, which makes Krillin chuckle. Gohan then asks Vegeta, Goten, and Trunks not to turn Super Saiyan at the tournament, with Bulma thinking that's a good idea since they'll be on TV and could be recognized from the battle with Cell. Vegeta thinks he could destroy all the TVs, but Gohan says he mustn't. Vegeta relents, though, saying he’ll win either way. The boys are okay with that, too. At the tournament, there's a huge crowd, and they don't see Goku anywhere. Goten then spots Piccolo, and Gohan goes over and asks him if he's seen his father, but he hasn't. Just then, Goku lands, with Fortuneteller Baba beside him. Almost everyone tears up and embraces him in an emotional reunion, and for the first time in his life, Goten meets his father. Piccolo suggests that they all hurry up and sign in. At the registration table, Trunks and Goten are forced to enter the Junior Division for everyone under fifteen.
At the start of the preliminaries, not including the Junior Division, there are 194 people present but only sixteen can participate. Mr. Satan will participate automatically, since he is the reigning champion, but they'll now pick the remaining fifteen using a Punch Machine. The fifteen highest scores will pass. Mr. Satan demonstrates the punch machine, saying no one can do better than him (Krillin smugly says otherwise). Piccolo telekinetically destroys all of the cameras, and says he did it for Gohan so his high school friends won't find out his true identity, much Gohan's delight. Gohan splits off from the group to find Videl, just as Mr. Satan prepares to use the punch machine. Goku, Krillin, Android 18, and Piccolo each give it a light tap and get in the 200's of it. Vegeta doesn't hold back at all and when he punches the machine, it is destroyed. Gohan asks Videl how well can she fly now, and she asks him why he isn't shocked that Vegeta destroyed the Punch Machine and how everyone in that group got over 200, and her dad's record was only 139. In the meantime, the rest of the contestants will have to wait for another punch machine, so Goku suggests to Vegeta they go watch the Junior Division. Videl continues wondering about that group, as they come over toward Gohan, with Goku noting that his friend was a girl. Krillin teasingly says she's a very cute girl. Goku says they're all going to watch Trunks and Goten, and then head off. Videl can't believe Gohan knows them, and he explains that the one in the orange gi was his father. Videl had thought his father was dead, and Gohan says that's why he has the halo above his head, much to her bewilderment.
The Junior Division begins, while Gohan and Videl are still lined up at the punch machine, unable to watch. Gohan and Videl finally arrive to witness the fight between Trunks and Goten. Goku and Gohan are surprised at how powerful the boys are, but Trunks uses an underhanded tactic to secure his victory over Goten. With Trunks' victory over Goten, he's earned the right to fight Mr. Satan in a special match. Goku, Krillin, Piccolo, Vegeta, and Android 18 walk off, knowing this fight is going to be as one sided as it gets. Gohan chooses to stay, since Videl is shocked they don't want to watch Trunks fight Mr. Satan.
After the match, Gohan and Videl find Goku and the others eating lunch, and where the Saiyans demonstrate their huge appetites. After finishing up all their food, they head back to draw lots which determine the order in which the contestants will fight. As they walk around, they run into a strange pair: A tall, quiet man and a small man with spiked hair, who's floating. Piccolo and Goku are surprised by their appearance, as Videl comments on the floating. The little man says hello to Goku, explaining that he's heard of him. He has also passed the preliminaries, and hopes to fight against Goku. He doubts he could beat Goku, but he'd love to find out how strong he really is. Then he wants to shake Goku's hand. They shake, and the guy says Goku does indeed have a good soul. The pair heads off, and Goku thinks it won't be so easy for them to win after all. Krillin didn't think anything special of them, though. Piccolo doubts those two were from Earth, but wonders why aliens would be here. Videl asks about this alien business, and Gohan whispers to her that Piccolo's a bit strange, and she believes him because of his complexion. Krillin wants the drawing to hurry up and start. At the drawing, Gohan is pit against Kibito in the fourth match. Goku warns Gohan not to underestimate him.
As the tournament occurs, Krillin easily wins his match, but Piccolo, is uncharacteristically nervous and gives up against Shin, much to the others shock. When Videl faces Spopovich in the third match, she is nearly beaten to death by the large brute. Gohan watches in anger as his friend horribly suffers at the hands of the ruthless Spopovich. Despite the pleas of the crowd, Gohan, and even the World Tournament Announcer, Videl refuses to admit defeat. Finally, having seen enough, Gohan turns Super Saiyan and tries to save Videl from Spopovich, but before he can, Yamu interrupts and tells for Spopovich to finish the match because they have much more important things in the matter. Spopovich kicks Videl out of the ring and leaves with Yamu, but not before being told by the angry Gohan that he will win the next time they fight. Goku quickly uses Instant Transmission to head for Korin Tower to get some Senzu Beans. Meanwhile, Gohan takes Videl to the infirmary, where Mr. Satan arrives shortly thereafter to check on her. Gohan promises to beat Spopovich for Videl. Mr. Satan, hearing this, worries that his daughter is dating a "wuss" like Gohan.
The announcer informs the crowd that Videl's life is not in danger, and starts to announce the fourth match, but Gohan rushes out to ask him to wait because they're getting a special medicine for Videl. Goku then returns with three Senzu Beans and Gohan asks Kibito to hold on for just a bit longer while he helps Videl. Gohan goes into the medical room and tells Videl to eat the bean, but the doctor protests him giving weird food to his patients. Videl says that since it's Gohan, something strange will probably happen. Mr. Satan tells her not to listen to him and spit the bean out, but she chews it anyway.
"Last chance for requests! Do you just want to see just a Super Saiyan? Or should I take it up to the next level!?"
With Videl fully healed, Gohan returned to the tournament and found himself set up to fight Kibito. After his classmates in the stadium cheer for him, Gohan realizes he is completely exposed without his cape and turban, and sighs as he tosses away his sunglasses. In order for Shin and Kibito to find Babidi's spaceship, they are forced into tricking Gohan into turning into a Super Saiyan. However, Gohan states that there is a level beyond a Super Saiyan and transforms into his Super Saiyan 2 form, shocking the audience, while revealing that he was the mysterious Gold Fighter. At that moment, Yamu and Spopovich jump into the ring and Shin paralyzes Gohan when he is about to attack. Yamu and Spopovich steal Gohan's energy, reverting him back to his normal state, and fly off, with Shin and the other Z Fighters in pursuit. Kibito heals Gohan, restoring his energy and explains they are going after Spopovich and Yamu to find Babidi's spaceship. Gohan and Kibito, along with Videl, fly away to meet up with the Z Fighters and the Supreme Kai.
Kibito tells them a story about a wizard and a demon. Long ago, deep in space, there was a very evil mage named Bibidi. One day, Bibidi created an incredible monster, a demon called "Majin Buu", who had no reason or emotion. He was a creature born only to bring terror and death. In a matter of years, hundreds of planets were destroyed. There were previously five Supreme Kais, who all held the power to defeat someone like Frieza in a single attack, but four of them were killed by Majin Buu, who's ferocity was controlled only by Bibidi. However, Bibidi was soon unable to control Majin Buu and sealed him inside a magic ball to transport him from planet to planet. Bibidi brought the ball to Earth, which was intended to be his next target. Shin waited for this chance, and, before Buu's seal was released, he was able to kill Bibidi. The ball, in which Majin Buu is contained, remained sealed, without being destroyed. Kibito and Shin thought it best to not unnecessarily disturb it. Moreover, the only one who could release the seal was Bibidi. However, just recently, they learned something terrible: Bibidi had a son who is currently on Earth. His name is Babidi, and his purpose is to revive Majin Buu and continue where his father left off. The only way to stop Majin Buu's revival is to stop Babidi. Kibito explains that, in order to resurrect Buu, Babidi needs to collect pure energy. He then admits they knew Spopovich and Yamu would attack Gohan when he transformed into a Super Saiyan, but they needed the attack to occur so they could follow Spopovich and Yamu and find where Majin Buu was hidden.
After flying for a time, Videl gets tired and decides to head back to the World Tournament, seeing as the opponent they are going to face is too powerful for her. However, before leaving, she and Gohan have a conversation about the identity of the Gold Fighter, who is actually Gohan. Figuring this out, Videl comes to the conclusion that seven years ago during the Cell Games, Gohan was the golden-haired boy who had killed Cell, not Mr. Satan. Gohan and Videl say goodbye to each other and Videl promises that she is not through with him yet, indicating that she has fallen for him. Gohan and Kibito later catch up with Shin and the Z Fighters at Babidi's spaceship. The group lands on a nearby hill, and suppress their Ki so they aren't detected. They watch as Spopovich and Yamu talk to Pui Pui, and realize that Babidi had hidden his spaceship underground, which likely means Babidi knows Shin and Kibito are there. Piccolo suggests they attack before they get a chance to resurrect Majin Buu, but Shin advises them to be patient, saying that Babidi will most likely release Buu outside of his ship. Gohan glances off to the side and spots a slaughtered family nearby, angering him. Just then, Piccolo sees someone coming out of the ship. It is the evil wizard Babidi and Dabura.
Kibito and Shin panic when they realize that Babidi has taken control of Dabura, king of the Demon Realm. Goku asks if he's the big guy, and Shin says yes. He explains that he's the king of the Dark Demon Realm. In this world, they may be the strongest, but in the Demon World, Dabura is the top. Krillin starts to get worried, as Gohan realizes the smaller one must be the wizard Babidi. Shin says that he may have little physical strength, but Babidi uses incredible magic, enough to make even Dabura his underling. Kibito explains that Babidi takes advantage of the evil in one's heart and controls them via their thoughts. Thus, a demon like Dabura was a suitable choice. That's why only people like them, without evil in their hearts, can fight Babidi. Shin says they really hadn't counted on Dabura being here, and Vegeta asks if they think they can't win. Vegeta says that Majin Buu won't be revived, because he won’t lose to guys like this. Goku tells Krillin he should leave, and he agrees. However, when Yamu and Spopovich give the energy to the evil wizard, Babidi retaliates by killing them. Dabura and Babidi realize the Z Fighters are nearby and decide to steal their energy by killing the weaker fighters and luring them into the spaceship. Dabura flies up to the Z Fighters and kills Kibito with a Evil Impulse blast at point blank range. After a brief fight, Dabura spits on Krillin and Piccolo, turning them to stone, and flies back to the spaceship. Goku asks if there's a way to restore Krillin and Piccolo, and Shin says only if Dabura dies. Goku is glad it’s such a simple method. Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta go after Dabura with a reluctant Shin following behind.
When they get inside the spaceship, they are told they must defeat the three fighters if they want to destroy Babidi and leave the ship. When the first fighter, Pui Pui, appears, Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta play Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who gets to fight first. In the end, Vegeta wins the game, and steps up to fight Pui Pui. Pui Pui reveals that if they take any damage, it will be converted to energy for Majin Buu. Vegeta effortlessly overwhelms Pui Pui wihout having to transform. In order for his minion to gain an advantage, Babidi teleports the interior of the room to Pui Pui's homeworld: Zoon. However, Vegeta's gravity training made him immune to the increased weight of the planet and Pui Pui was easily slaughtered by Vegeta's Double Galick Cannon. With the defeat of Pui Pui, they can proceed to the next stage. Goku becomes impatient, while Vegeta contemplates just destroying the floor, but Shin insists he mustn't, lest he disturb Majin Buu. Vegeta thinks this Majin Buu is probably nothing special, just like Dabura. Goku agrees, thinking Dabura is probably about as strong as Cell was seven years ago.
Next at level two, Babidi sends Yakon to obtain energy from the three Saiyans and Goku takes his turn to fight the giant green beast. After a quick fight, Babidi cautiously decides to transfer the warriors to Yakon's homeworld, the Dark Star, so that he could fight at his best. Upon arrival, it is apparent that the name holds up, as the planet is pitch black. Yakon believes he has the upper hand, seeing as how this is his homeworld and that he is apparently nocturnal. However, he soon realized just what he is up against when Goku, despite some surprise at the new environment, easily beats him around. Goku explains that he can feel and sense out Yakon's movements without even needing to see. Nevertheless, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan, lighting up the surrounding area. Yakon proceeds to suck in Goku's energy, making him revert to his base form. Gohan yells out to his father to not become a Super Saiyan anymore, because the monster eats light energy. Yakon confirms this, but he would still love to have another serving of that great light. Goku sees right through the technique, and allows Yakon to suck in another batch of light energy. Only this time, Goku shows off a hint of his Super Saiyan 2 power and Yakon swallows too much, which obliterates him. With Yakon's death, the four fighters proceed to level three.
"Come on, Dabura! Show your true power, you can't win at this rate!"
While they wait for the next fighter, Goku asks Gohan if he has trained enough, since his turn is next. Vegeta says that Gohan has gotten weaker in these times of peace and that he and Goku are stronger than him now. Although, Vegeta believes if he were to lose his temper like with Cell, then Gohan could release his full power. Suddenly, the door begins to open and Dabura, the last and strongest of Babidi's fighters, enters the room. Dabura praises them on defeating Yakon and making it to Stage Three, but doubts they can defeat him. Vegeta says Babidi must be getting desperate to send him out so soon. Dabura simply chuckles and tells them all to attack, but Gohan says that he'll be the one to defeat Dabura and demands that Babidi transport them somewhere else. Babidi asks Dabura where he would like to fight, and the demon king replies that he wishes to fight on a world similar to Earth. They are transported to a mountainous range and engage in battle.
At first, Gohan is fighting a little rusty against Dabura due to not training during the seven years after the Cell Games, but after transforming into his Super Saiyan 2 form, Gohan manages to fight evenly with the Demon King. Dabura begins to use his Evil Flame multiple times, all of which Gohan dodges. When Gohan attempts to hit him, Dabura uses the Afterimage Technique to go further away and hits him with an Evil Impulse blast, which sends the young half-Saiyan into the surrounding water. Gohan flies back up to the surface and throws away his tattered Great Saiyaman clothes, which leaves only his black tights. Gohan flies toward Dabura again, but the demon spits at him. Gohan puts his hand up just in time to block it, so it hits his glove, and he quickly tosses the glove away as it turns to stone. Dabura then magically creates a sword and attempts to cut`Gohan, but the half-Saiyan quickly catches it, and snaps the blade in half. Vegeta becomes disgraced with Gohan's lack of motivation and expresses his frustration, believing Gohan to have peaked in power.
Blinded by anger, Vegeta says he will end the fight himself, but Goku intervenes, saying that it's still Gohan's turn and he hasn't lost yet. However, Vegeta says that he doesn't care about Babidi or his minions and only wants to settle his rivalry with Goku. Dabura notices Vegeta's frustration and stops the fight with Gohan to report his findings to Babidi. Gohan asks him why he's running away from their fight. Dabura replies that he's not running away, he's just found another warrior for him to fight.
Gohan, Goku, Shin, and Vegeta ponder as to whom Dabura is referring to. Vegeta begins yelling at Gohan, claiming that he's weak and should have destroyed Dabura by now. Gohan realizes that Vegeta is right and if he had defeated Dabura, then Piccolo and Krillin would be restored. Goku tries to vouch for his son, but Vegeta begins yelling at him too, and prepares to blow up the ship. Shin tries to stop him, and Vegeta threatens to kill him too, until Goku grabs his hand and stops the attack as he sternly tells Vegeta to not blow up the ship and Vegeta reluctantly agrees. Shin then realizes that Vegeta is the new fighter that Dabura was talking about. Soon, Vegeta's mind is taken over by Babidi's dark magic, transforming him into Majin Vegeta and releasing the evil in his heart. Babidi transports them to the World Tournament arena, where Majin Vegeta destroys parts of the stadium, killing many people to convince Goku to fight him. Goku notes that Vegeta allowed himself to fall to Babidi's spell and agrees to battle only if they were transported somewhere without innocent people.
Shin attempts to intervene, saying that the fate of the universe is more important than settling a petty grudge and steps between the two Saiyans to prevent a fight that would hasten Majin Buu's revival. In response, Goku threatens to attack the Supreme Kai with a Ki Blast, shocking Shin, Gohan, and even Vegeta. Realizing the futility of intervention and that they will inevitably fight, Shin reluctantly steps out of Goku's way. Goku apologizes for his actions and the four fighters are then taken to a Rocky Canyon. Shin informs Goku that he and Gohan will take care of Dabura and Babidi while he fights Vegeta. Even though he preferred not to, Shin says they must smash through the ship to reach the wizard. Babidi orders Majin Vegeta to kill Shin, but he refuses, saying that Babidi can take over his mind and body, but he can never control a Saiyan's pride. At Dabura's suggestion, Babidi opens the door for Shin, so he won’t risk Majin Buu being revived at less than full strength. They prepare to hop down the hole, but first, Goku gives Gohan one of the two remaining Senzu Beans, and tells him to eat it now. Goku also tells him to get angry like he had when fighting Cell, as it will bring out the depths of his power. If he does that, there's no one he can lose to. Gohan says that he is sorry this all had to happen on his one-day back on Earth and says goodbye to his father as he and Shin head down Babidi's spaceship to confront the evil wizard, while Goku and Majin Vegeta fight their intense battle.
"But there's people I care about! And this time around, I'm not gonna just stand by and let them all get hurt!"
After easily defeating many weak henchmen, Gohan and Shin make it to the bottom of the ship where Babidi, Dabura, and the Sealed Ball containing Majin Buu is. Shin and Babidi snidely greet each other, and he tells Gohan he'll fight Babidi. Babidi suggests they all return to the surface, as Majin Buu will soon be at full power and might destroy the ship when he emerges from his ball. Shin agrees, even though he won't allow that to happen. They are suddenly transported outside, along with Majin Buu's ball. Babidi asks Dabura if he can defeat Gohan, and the demon king says there is no doubt now that he has seen his fighting capabalities. Gohan remembers his father's words and tries getting angry as he turns Super Saiyan. Babidi says he won't be done in like his father, as he has greater magic power than him and Dabura's here this time. Suddenly, the meter on Majin Buu's ball begins beeping, and Babidi looks down to see that it’s already full. Babidi is extremely elated with excitement. Shin can't believe Goku has already taken so much damage. Gohan realizes it must be because his father and Vegeta are likely both fighting at the level well beyond Super Saiyan, so the damage must be incredible.
Majin Buu's cocoon begins to erupt large amounts of smoke and steam. Dabura and Babidi smile in excitement for the revival of Bibidi's original creation. Gohan and Shin also watch in complete terror. As the cocoon begins to crack, Supreme Kai orders Gohan to run away, as they do not stand a chance when the legendary Majin Buu will finally emerge from his prison. Gohan, however, refuses to run, not wanting to let his father down and make the same mistakes he did when toying with Cell seven years ago. Gohan powers up and fires an Electric Kamehameha one after another attempting to destroy the cocoon and Majin Buu along with it, but the cocoon is unaffected.
The cocoon finally stops steaming and hatches, but nothing is inside. As Majin Buu has not emerged from his ball, Shin thinks that due to being sealed up for millions of years, Majin Buu must have grown drastically weaker, and thus, Gohan's Kamehameha was enough to destroy the monster. As Babidi begins to growl, thinking that the Supreme Kai is possibly right, Shin states that Vegeta and Goku's battle will take quite awhile due to them being almost equal, so he tells Gohan to get angry and defeat Dabura while he takes on Babidi, and everything should return to normal. However, only Gohan knows that something did come out of the cocoon, and it was forming something up into the sky. The steam that erupted from the cocoon forms into a pink, fat creature: Majin Buu.
Majin Buu Saga
Initially, Gohan is unsure if this creature is the genocidal monster the Supreme Kai built him up to be. Gohan asks Shin if this being is actually Buu, and the Supreme Kai confirms him with certainty, still trembling and sweating in fear just looking at Buu. Gohan starts to notice Buu's incredible high ki level, but still believes he can destroy Buu if he focuses all his energy into one devastating attack. Babidi attempts to control Majin Buu, however the fat creature ignores his commands and playfully scares the wizard by making a frightening face, which leaves Gohan very confused. Dabura, now tired of Majin Buu's behavior, insults him by calling him a fat, stupid loser. Buu hears this harsh remark and approaches Dabura. Gohan, now having seen Buu's behavior for a few minutes, believes that Shin was mistaken about the creature. However, Shin states that the creature is Buu and he will kill them. Suddenly, Majin Buu releases steam from his body and punches Dabura right in his eyes, gouging them, and kicks the demon king into a nearby mountain, which leaves everyone shocked.
Babidi praises Buu for his spectacular feat of strength, as Gohan and Shin look at Buu in total despair, terrified of the monster's power and unpredictable behavior. Gohan says that due to the Majin's childlike attitude, if Babidi was killed, Buu might become less of a threat. Shin replies that it wouldn't work and reminds Gohan that Babidi is the only one who can seal Buu away back into his ball. Shin informs Gohan the only solution now may be to hope over time, Babidi will become tired of Buu's disobedience and seal him away again. Frustrated, Shin blames himself for this mistake and states that if he knew that there were mortals who were stronger than him, he would have used his alternative solution. Gohan becomes very curious, but Shin says it's too late and they won't survive the wrath of Majin Buu. Meanwhile, Babidi gains control over the Majin by threatening to seal him away again and orders Buu to kill them both. Gohan grabs the Supreme Kai's hand and flies away, hoping he can outrun Buu until they can reach a safe spot. In a few seconds, Buu swiftly appears right in front of Gohan and mocks him. As Gohan stares in shock at Buu's speed, the Majin swats the half-Saiyan out of the air and into the rocks. Shin looks in shock as Buu begins to menacingly approach him. Shin uses a Kiai to defend himself, but the attack barely pushes Buu back. In response, Buu pummels the Supreme Kai as an injured Gohan watches.
Babidi rushes to their location and proceeds to mock Shin for the position he is in, and decides to kill the Supreme Kai himself. Just before Babidi can deal the final blow, Gohan swiftly kicks Majin Buu in face, much to the wizard's surprise. Unimpressed, Buu gets back on his feet and proceeds to heal the dent in his face. Babidi growls in frustration at the delay of the Supreme Kai's death. Gohan looks onto Buu in fear, noticing the attack did not leave any lasting damage. Buu becomes annoyed with Gohan and exclaims that he will die now. Gohan is shocked, but quickly gets angry, preparing to punch the pink monster. Buu extends his hands and fires a large sphere of energy that blasts Gohan into the sky, before eventually flying off too far to be visible to a naked eye. Babidi exclaims he cannot see Gohan anymore and hopes he flies off the face of the planet. With the last of his strength, the weakened Shin uses his psychic powers to destroy the attack and a beaten Gohan falls down into a nearby forest, unconscious and near death. His sudden decrease in energy causes several characters, like Goku and Vegeta, to mistakenly believe that Gohan was killed Innocent Buu.
Fortunately, when Kibito is brought back to life by the Dragon Balls he locates and heals Shin. They find Gohan in the forest and bring him to the Sacred World of the Kai to be healed. After being healed, Gohan wakes up, and wonders where they are. When he hears Sacred World of the Kai, Gohan figures he's dead, but realizes that he doesn't have a halo like his father. Shin tells Gohan that it was a close call, but he managed to survive Majin Buu's attack. Kibito says that originally, no mortals, or Guardians, or even low-ranking Kais could come to this sacred land. Gohan remembers that Kibito should have been killed by Dabura, and asks if he revived himself. Kibito says no and he doesn't actually know how he came back to life. Gohan asks why he's here, and Kibito says that he would like to know as well. Shin tells Gohan that he wants him to use the Z Sword to defeat Majin Buu. Kibito panics and says there's no way a mortal could ever use that legendary blade, because no one, not even the previous Supreme Kais have been able to wield it. Shin tells Kibito that he doesn't know how unbelievably incredible Gohan's power really is, since he was dead. Shin wants to try at least, so the three of them fly off toward its location.
As they fly along, Gohan is enraptured by the beautiful landscape of the Sacred World of the Kai and says it reminds him of Mount Paozu. Kibito tells Gohan that his tattered clothes are too inappropriate for this sacred land, and so he magically gives the half-Saiyan a uniform just like his own. Shin thinks it looks good on him, but Gohan feels weird looking just like Kibito. The three of them land atop a very tall, thin pillar-like plateau, where the Z Sword is stuck in the ground with only the hilt visible. Shin asks Gohan to pull it out and states that no one has ever been able to pull it out of the rock. Gohan says this reminds him of an old story on Earth and asks what will happen when he pulls the Z Sword out. Kibito says he's supposed to gain tremendous power, probably more than enough to beat Majin Buu. Gohan is amazed, but Kibito assures him he can't pull it out anyway. Shin tells him to shut up and watch. Gohan starts pulling with all of his might, but it won't come out. Gohan then stops and grasps his hands in pain, while Kibito smirks. Gohan then transforms into a Super Saiyan (or a Super Saiyan 2 in the anime due to the electrical sparks in his aura), but Kibito doubts it will make much of a difference. Gohan starts pulling again, and he still struggles, but it eventually begins to budge. Gohan pulls it all the way out, shocking Kibito and making Shin happy.
Back on the ground, Shin asks how the sword is. Gohan, no longer Super Saiyan, says it's heavy, but it doesn't seem like there's much power in it. He doubts it could really beat Buu. Kibito says of course it can, so long as the wielder is able to use it freely. Gohan asks Kibito to try holding it, and hands the sword over to him. Kibito immediately drops it, leaving a huge dent in the ground, and can't get it up again. Kibito plays that down, but then nervously yells that he must be able to use the sword freely. Meanwhile, on Earth, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan 3 in order to combat Innocent Buu and give Trunks enough time to retrieve the Dragon Radar from West City. The sheer power of this transformation causes the Earth to shake. Even Gohan stops his Z Sword training to wonder if that massive ki belongs to his father. Shin says it really is Goku, and Kibito can't believe that his power could reach their sacred land. Gohan wonders to himself what is going on Earth. In the anime, Shin claims that this may be a battle that Goku cannot win and that the key to defeating Majin Buu rests on Gohan to master the Z Sword. Gohan then resumes his training while Kibito doubts that Gohan can master the blade after previous Supreme Kais failed to even wield it.
As Gohan continues training, Shin comments that he has gained more control over the Z Sword in such as small amount of time. Gohan remembers that his father continued to train in the Other World and that he has to become stronger even if just a little bit as Majin Buu is still alive. Elsewhere, Goku is forced to return to the afterlife and he immediately sets out to find Gohan in Other World. He learns from King Yemma that Gohan is still alive and teleports to the Sacred World of the Kai to find Gohan practicing with the Z Sword. Everyone is shocked to see him. Goku wonders about Gohan's Supreme Kai clothes, and then notices Shin and Kibito, who freaks out that there's yet another mortal on their holy ground. Gohan asks why he's here, saying that his 24 hours aren't up yet, and so Goku explains everything that has happened after Gohan's disappearance. Some time passes, and Gohan contemplates everything Majin Buu has done to the Earth. Goku asks Gohan if he can hold the Z Sword, and says it really is very heavy, swinging it around a bit. Goku asks Shin if he can stay on his world until Gohan goes to fight Buu, and also asks if he can have some food. Shin asks Gohan if he also wants to rest, and so they all head off. Gohan tells Goku that his Super Saiyan 3 form is amazing, and Goku offers to show his son the transformation after they eat.
The next day, after seeing Gohan's excellent progress with the Z Sword, Goku decides to test its strength by throwing a huge boulder, which Gohan easily slices in half. Shin thinks they should test it with something harder, and summons a large cube of Katchin, the densest metal in the universe, to see if Gohan can slice through it as well. However, when Goku throws the Katchin at Gohan, the Z Sword snaps in two. Everyone is completely shocked, and Goku blames it on the Supreme Kai, but Shin says that the legendary sword was supposed to hold the greatest power. Gohan thinks the legend may have been exaggerated, as he drops the sword’s broken remains. Gohan does perk up and says that his physical strength has increased, since the Z Sword was so heavy. Maybe that was the source of it's great power, and Shin enthusiastically agrees that Gohan has probably powered up greatly. However, Goku is unsure if that's enough to beat Majin Buu.
Suddenly, an old man in a Supreme Kai outfit appears and says that's not it. Everyone wonders who he is, and the old man says he's a Supreme Kai from fifteen generations ago, shocking Shin and Kibito. Old Kai explains that many eons ago, a terrible bad person, not as terrible as Majin Buu, sealed him away in the Z sword. The person did it because he was afraid of the Old Kai's "fearsomeness" (It is later revealed that Old Kai was referring to Beerus the Destroyer and he apparently lied about the reason of his sealing. He was most likely posturing in an attempt to impress Shin and the others.) Goku thinks the elder Kai doesn't look particularly strong, and decides to test him by shooting a blast at him. It hits Old Kai right in the face and he hits the ground hard. Shin and Kibito immediately rush to his aid and Old Kai angrily curses Goku out. Goku figures that he's just another hot-tempered old windbag.
Old Kai says the bad guy wasn't afraid of his physical strength, but his fearsome abilities. Goku is curious, but Old Kai pettily says he's not telling, childishly sticking his tongue out. Goku offers him some adult magazines if he tells, but Old Kai says he can just watch girls bathe or get undressed with his godly eyes, much to Shin and Kibito's embarrassment. Goku then offers him a chance to grope the breasts of a real woman, thinking he's the same type as Master Roshi. As expected, Old Kai quickly agrees. Gohan is curious about what he's up to, and so Goku says that when Gohan gets back to the living world he can ask Videl to do it. Naturally, Gohan isn't pleased by his father's request and furiously declines, as he doesn't want Videl anyway near the lecherous Kai. Goku relents and asks Old Kai if instead he'd mind an older woman. Goku asks Gohan to tell Bulma the circumstances, and Gohan says that he can't ask her something like that. Goku asks Old Kai if this ability can beat Majin Buu, and he says it's not guaranteed, but most likely it will. Goku says she could save the universe just by getting felt up a little, but Gohan thinks that's sexual harassment and he would surely be killed by Bulma. But Goku isn't listening to Gohan and shakes Old Kai's hand in agreement.
Now that it's settled, Old Kai explains his unique ability: He can draw out anyone's latent potential and push them far beyond their natural limits. Goku says that he already knows about that ability and that it's actually common, but Old Kai insists no one else can do it well beyond the limits like he can. He looks at Gohan, seeing that he was the one who pulled the Z Sword out, and says that he can surely make someone who could pull out that sword and swing it around into the strongest in the universe. Though, he'd hoped the one who'd free him from the sword would be a fellow Supreme Kai, not a mortal. Shin solemnly apologizes for his weakness. Old Kai tells Gohan to stand still and then, he starts doing some dancing, circling around the young Saiyan. Confused, Gohan asks why is he dancing, but Old Kai tells him to be quiet, for this is an important ritual. Goku asks how long this will take, and Old Kai says five hours for the ritual, twenty hours for the power up. Goku decides to take a nap, while Kibito and Shin realize they should probably stay awake. Gohan is frustrated that he must now stay still and wait for Old Kai to finish in the next twenty-five hours.
After the dancing ritual is completed, Old Kai sits down and tells Gohan he can sit too if he wants. Shin wakes up Goku and praises Old Kai. Goku asks Gohan if he feels stronger, but Old Kai says that the process will take twenty more hours before Gohan feels anything. In the meantime, he must remain in a strict meditative state. Gohan complains, but Old Kai says its a small price to pay for greater power. Gohan reluctantly agrees and meditates, while Old Kai draws out his potential.
Sometime later, Gohan peeks his eyes open and notices that Old Kai is asleep, and yells at him. The old man insists that he's awake, and says no more talking, then dozes off again. Gohan begins to wonder if this is hopeless or not. In the anime, Old Kai watches women's aerobics on TV and asks Gohan about Bulma's appearance for when he gropes her. Suddenly, Shin senses trouble on Earth as Innocent Buu splits into his good and evil halves and remerges into a new stronger form.
This new Majin Buu tracks down the remaining members of the Dragon Team to The Lookout and proceeds to use the Human Extinction Attack to kill off the remaining people on the planet. As Goku, Shin, and Kibito observe what is happening down on Earth, Gohan grows increasingly impatient as Old Kai reads and laughs at comics instead of unlocking his power. Gohan tells Old Kai they should have finished hours ago and the Supreme Kai says that Gohan must still have plenty of potential power. Gohan soon loses his patience and angrily powers up, displaying an amazing power that illuminates the Supreme Kai planet. However, amazed at realizing that some of his power really was unlocked, Gohan apologizes to Old Kai and resumes the ritual.
Later, Goku comments that Majin Buu's energy has vanished, and Shin notices it as well. Kibito asks if he is dead. Goku says that he doesn't know and he also can't feel the boys energy anymore, but it didn't seem like they fought. Old Kai says they've been fighting in the alternate dimension of time and space. Goku doesn't understand what he means, but then realizes it must be the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. He wonders why they've been fighting in there, and Old Kai explains that Piccolo led Majin Buu in there for some reason. Goku compliments what an awesome Supreme Kai the elder Kai is, and Shin admits that he is relatively useless now. Suddenly, Goku notices that Majin Buu's energy has returned, meaning he's escaped from the Time Chamber, but Gotenks hasn't. Goku really wants to see what's going on. Hearing this, Old Kai materializes a Crystal Ball and tosses it over to Goku and Shin so they can watch the events. Goku looks into the crystal ball and is amazed he can see the Lookout. Buu turns everyone, expect Dende, into chocolate and devours them to satiate his hunger, much to Goku's shock. Gohan wants to know what's going on, but Goku tells him he just needs to keep concentrating on the ritual.
"Fight you? No, I wanna kill you."
After Gotenks' fusion runs out of time, Goku asks Old Kai to hurry, as the boys are now utterly helpless against Super Buu. Old Kai says Gohan can go, as he's been done for about five minutes now. Gohan asks why he didn't say so sooner, and Old Kai says it's more dramatic this way. Gohan realizes he has to hurry, and asks how he can tap into his hidden power. Old Kai tells him to power up like he does for the Super Saiyan transformation; however, when he does, his appearance does not change, but his power and strength gain an awesome increase. Shin says they need to hurry to Earth, but Kibito says he'll take Gohan alone, as the two of them would just get in his way, and intends to leave right after he takes him. Goku feels bad that he can't take Gohan himself and wishes that he could've watched him grow up. He says they won't meet again until Gohan dies and comes to the Other World himself. Goku tells him good luck, to beat up Super Buu, and they then hug. Kibito teleports away with Gohan, and Old Kai scoffs that he didn't even get a thank you for all he's done.
On Earth, Gohan has a favor to ask of Kibito: he wants different clothes. He wants to fight in the same gi as his late father to honor him. Kibito says that's a simple thing, and asks if the color was the same as the excrement of the frogs on Planet Popol. Gohan says it was a "bright orange" color and, in a flash, it's done. Before leaving, Kibito says he'll be praying for him from the Sacred World of the Kai, and Gohan says to give his regards to the two Supreme Kais. With his power finally released and the fate of the world now in his hands, Gohan flies off to confront the new Majin Buu: Super Buu.
Gohan arrives on the battlefield where he finds Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo, who reveal that all of their friends and family were killed and eaten by Super Buu. Gohan is angry about this at first, until he senses Dende's faint energy signature, meaning the Dragon Balls can still be used. An enraged Gohan walks up to Buu, staring him down. Buu asks if he's foolish enough to fight him, but Gohan reveals that he's fully intent on killing Buu. Super Buu scoffs at this, saying that he's already beaten Gohan before and he'll do it again. Gohan powers up and completely outclasses Super Buu and batters the monster with his Burst Rush attack, much to the shock of Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo. No matter how much he tries, Super Buu is unable to land any damage on Gohan, who easily dodges and blocks all of the monster's strongest attacks. Gohan confidently tells Buu that he doesn't stand a chance against him.
Suddenly, Super Buu realizes it was him after all, but Gohan doesn't know what he means. Buu says that he had felt a strong power very far away earlier and Gohan must've been preparing to fight him, but he can't allow anyone to become stronger than him. Gohan mocks Buu and says that he cannot defeat him. Buu screams that he won't allow Gohan to get away with this, and he'll kill him. In an act of desperation, Super Buu attempts to self-destruct and take Gohan with him, but Gohan sees through this and grabs and flies away with Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks before they are all caught in the explosion.
After getting to a safe distance, Gohan says that Buu didn't die when he self-destructed, nor was he trying to kill him with it or else the planet would have been destroyed. Piccolo says can't feel his energy at all, and Gohan says he's hiding it. Goten suspects a sneak attack and Gohan figures he must be planning something. Trunks figures that even if Buu is alive, Gohan can easily take care of him and says he's as strong as their Super Gotenks. Goten says he's even stronger and Trunks admits maybe a little. Piccolo asks Gohan how he even got this strong, and Gohan explains how he had become very powerful through Old Kai's magic ritual. Gohan then wants to know who has the Dragon Radar, and Trunks says that Piccolo has it. Piccolo says that with Dende dead, the Dragon Balls are useless, but Gohan points out a faint ki he sensed: Dende's. The four of them fly off toward Dende, before Buu can regenerate.
Along the way, they find an exhausted Mr. Satan and his adopted dog, Bee, who were wandering around in the desert. Trunks suggests that they leave him alone, but Piccolo thinks they should bring him along since he did try to stop Majin Buu, in his own way. Piccolo picks up Mr. Satan, and Goten carries Bee. Piccolo wonders why Dende alone would have survived, since Buu had plenty of time to kill him. Gohan says that Goku informed him that Piccolo and Gotenks left the Hyperbolic Time Chamber almost immediately after Buu did, so Buu probably didn't have much time, since time works differently inside of the Chamber. Piccolo realizes he'd gotten mixed up, and it had only been ten seconds in this dimension. Piccolo drops Mr. Satan as he gets excited, but Trunks catches him. Soon enough, they spot Dende, who is excited to see everyone. Dende explains that Mr. Popo threw him off of The Lookout when Buu escaped from the Time Chamber, since he must live, and Piccolo thanks Mr. Popo for his quick thinking. Mr. Satan also learns that Videl was murdered by Buu and he is saddened and horrified about losing his daughter, but Goten reassures him that they will bring her back to life with the Dragon Balls. Mr. Satan excitedly asks Goten if he's telling the truth.
After an hour has passed, they suddenly feel Super Buu approaching. Gohan says that he will finish off Buu and tells everyone to make sure they don't get caught up the fight. Gohan is also curious to see what he's come up with in the last hour. A confident Super Buu arrives and Gohan thinks to himself that nothing seems to have changed. Trunks thinks that Buu is bluffing and will just run away again. Buu looks over and yells that he wants to fight the boys again. Gohan refuses, saying he is Buu's opponent, but Buu insists that he wants to settle the score with them before fighting Gohan. Gohan wonders why, but Buu ignores him and accuses the boys of being too scared, intentionally provoking their fragile egos. Trunks and Goten each say that they're not and foolishly decide to fuse again to fight Buu, but Piccolo obviously thinks something strange is going on. Full of arrogance, Trunks tells Piccolo that Buu is too stupid to have any sort of plan. Against Piccolo's wishes, the cocky pair of Saiyans quickly perform Fusion. Gotenks starts off in his Super Saiyan 3 form, calling himself Super Gotenks, the death god (or Grim Reaper, depending on the dub) of justice. Falling into his trap, Gotenks, along with Piccolo, are absorbed into Super Buu, who sneakily used severed pieces of his own body to envelop them.
Super Buu quickly transforms before Gohan can react. Buu lets out a sigh and looks down at Gohan with a devilish grin. His head tentacle is now elongated, extending down to his knees, similar to that of a Super Saiyan 3's hair, and he is wearing Gotenks' vest. Buu asks Gohan what he thinks about his new form and says he should be honored to witness the birth of the strongest Majin. Gohan calls him a coward for sneaking up on them, but Buu says it's all Gohan's fault for getting stronger. Buu explains that when he felt Gohan's existence from far away, he realized that the half-Saiyan might be stronger, so he started planning to absorb Gotenks to become the strongest in the universe. But, since the fusion's power had a time limit, Buu decided to stall for an hour and absorb the boys at their full power. Gohan says that Buu's stupidity still hasn’t changed, as it would’ve been smarter to just absorb him instead and become even stronger. Buu realizes Gohan doesn't get it and tells him there's no point of being the strongest if there's no one to fight and killing him is his greatest motivation. Gohan smiles, saying he gets it now. Super Buu says he will end this fight quick, because of Gotenks' time limit. Gohan says that smart thinking and Buu was clever to absorb Piccolo as well.
"I'm tougher than Gotenks and smarter than Piccolo. So I guess the only thing you have to worry about is if I'm stronger than you."
As the battle begins, Gohan manages to fight evenly with the new Super Buu until Buu starts playing mind games with him. Once Gohan gets frustrated, Buu begins thrashing Gohan, all the while using Piccolo's intelligence to continue playing mind games and further torment Gohan (In the manga, Gohan was never able to land a single blow on Buu after he absorbed Gotenks and Piccolo. In the anime, the fight is fairly evenly-matched at the start before Gohan starts to tire out, giving Buu the upper hand.) Super Buu tries to find a hiding Gohan, and taunts him for masking his energy and saying he has no chance, which angers the half-Saiyan. An angry Gohan flies at Buu with a kick, but Buu dodges it by leaning back and kicks Goahn into the air, before firing three of Gotenks' Galactic Donuts at him, tying the half-Saiyan up. Buu laughs, asking what if feels like to be done in by his friend's technique. Buu prepares to use another of their techniques, the Kamehameha, on the trapped warrior, but Gohan breaks free of the donuts just in time to dodge it. Buu is left impressed by his persistence. Gohan hides from Super Buu, but the Majin easily tracks him down and continues to taunt him.
Gohan tries to attack but Buu dodges and effortlessly knocks the half-Saiyan into the ground. Gohan fires a blast at Buu from the rubble but Buu reflects it back at Gohan. It causes considerable damage to Earth, creating an explosion big enough that it can be seen from outer space. Super Buu then flies underground into the hole created by the blast to find Gohan. Buu says he has ten minutes and Gohan will continue to entertain him until then, before ruthlessly pummeling him. Gohan is sent flying back onto Earth's surface from an attack from Buu and lies on the ground, badly injured. Dende rushes over to heal him, as Buu prepares to finish Gohan off. Gohan thanks Dende and returns to his feet, healed. Buu briefly wonders if the "shrimp" was the one who healed Gohan was, but then realizes Gohan didn't get any stronger and says he is delaying the inevitable. Buu sends a Kiai towards Gohan, then decides to kill Dende. He sends a blast towards Dende and Mr. Satan attempts to shoot it with his gun, to no avail. Luckily, the pair is saved when the blast is suddenly deflected. It is revealed that it was Tien Shinhan who redirected it with a Tri-Beam. Gohan is shocked and Tien remarks that Gohan has grown unbelievably, though not as much as Majin Buu. Super Buu charges an attack capable of destroying the entire Earth and dares anyone to stop him.
At the last second, however, Goku appears (after receiving a pair of Potara Earrings and a new life from Old Kai) and throws a Destructo Disc, cutting Buu in half and slicing off the end of his head tentacle. Gohan wonders how his father was able to come back to the living world. Buu recognizes Goku from their previous battle the other day. Buu says it's no use if he's come to help as he's a much better fighter than the previous Majin Buu. Goku grins and very confidently tells Buu he's wrong, because he has a new special item that will defeat him, to Gohan's shock. Suddenly, Super Buu's lower body, which landed on the ground behind Tien, stands back up and kicks him in the head, knocking him out. Buu's lower and upper body reunite, and the Majin smugly comments that while that Tien seemed like quite an expert fighter, he was still just a small fry that was taken out with a mere kick and doubts Goku can even hurt him, let alone kill him. Goku asks why he'd bother restoring himself so quickly if that was really the case. Buu thinks Goku must really want to die.
Suddenly, Goku yells over to Gohan and tosses the other Potara earring at him, but Gohan wasn't paying attention and misses it. The earring falls in-between some nearby rocks, much to Goku's dismay. Goku tells him to hurry and find it, then put it on his right ear so they can fuse and defeat Buu. However, Buu thinks that fusion would still be useless, but he won't allow them to merge anyway and says that he'll kill Goku first. Goku begs him to wait as Gohan searches through the rocks. Buu rushes at Goku, who becomes a Super Saiyan 3 and prepares to fight. However, Super Buu suddenly stops, just as Gohan finds the Potara. Buu begins transforming again, until he starts to resemble Piccolo. Goku laughs, thinking it's because Piccolo is now the strongest one inside Buu, since Goten and Trunks have defused. Goku powers down, disappointed that now Gohan alone can defeat Buu like this. (In the manga, Goku never actually fights Super Buu. The moment he turns Super Saiyan 3, Gotenks diffuses inside of Super Buu, weakening him considerably. In the anime, the two fight for a while before this happens.) Buu begins to smirk and says he had an insurance plan, just in case of this. Goku wonders what he means, and Buu points to his head tentacle, asking Goku why didn't he bother to regenerate it after the Saiyan cut him in half. The severed piece down on the ground then turns into a blob and suddenly envelops Gohan. Super Buu absorbs Gohan, giving him even more power than he had than when he had absorbed Gotenks.
Later, Goku and Vegeta (who had fused into Vegito to dominate Super Buu) enter Super Buu's body to free their family and friends from the pink monster. They quickly find the four absorption victims contained in large pods, with only their heads visible. Goku and Vegeta cut down the pods with small energy beams, causing Buu to revert back into his previous weaker forms. After everyone is free, Super Buu turns back into his much weaker original self before he had absorbed anybody. They also discover the old Fat Buu stored inside a pod, which Vegeta tears down. The Saiyan duo then escapes from Buu's body with Gohan, Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo. However, this causes Super Buu to undergo a final transformation into his original and purest form – Kid Buu.
Now purely evil and insane, Kid Buu casually charges a blast large enough to destroy the Earth. Goku notices he only has seconds to escape and decides to teleport Gohan, Piccolo, Goten and Trunks to safety. As Goku puts his plan into action, he notices Mr. Satan and Dende down below. Not wanting them to die too, he grabs a hold of them, but realizes he has no time to rescue the others. As Goku prepares to teleport away, Kibito Kai suddenly teleports to Earth himself and grabs Goku's hand, teleporting the Saiyans, Dende, Mr. Satan and Bee back to the Sacred World of the Kai. Unconscious and unable to defend themselves, Gohan and the others are killed when Kid Buu destroys the Earth, but he is soon revived along with the Earth and everyone else by Porunga.
With help from King Kai, Vegeta telepathically tells everyone on Earth to raise their hands and give them their energy to defeat Kid Buu. Goku's family and friends quickly realize that Goku needs energy for his Super Spirit Bomb, and gladly contribute part of their energy to the Spirit Bomb, but the majority of Earth's population are reluctant to give up their energy. In the anime, Gohan, Piccolo, Goten and Trunks split up and attempt to encourage people to trust in Goku's words, to no avail. However, after Mr. Satan convinces the people to donate their energy, the Super Spirit Bomb is completed, and Goku finally obliterates Kid Buu.
After Goku launches his Spirit Bomb, Gohan asks Piccolo what he thinks has happened. Piccolo confirms that he can no longer sense Buu's energy, which means that he has finally been destroyed. Gohan, Goten and Trunks begin to cheer at Goku and Vegeta's victory. The four then travel to The Lookout, where they reunite with their loved ones. Shortly afterwards, Goku, Vegeta, Dende, Mr. Satan, Bee, and Good Buu are transported to The Lookout by Kibito Kai. The Son family readily embraces Goku with a hug. However, everyone is naturally frightened when they see Good Buu. Trunks prepares to launch an attack, but Goku stops him and explains that this Majin Buu is good now. Goku then apologizes to everyone for being gone for so long, and says that he is alive again because Old Kai brought him back to life so he can stay on Earth permanently. Overjoyed by hearing this, Chi-Chi asks if this means that she, Goku, Gohan, and Goten can live as a family now, and when Goku says yes, she breaks down in tears and hugs Goku, who then comforts her and tells Chi-Chi that he loves her.
After six months, Goku uses the Dragon Balls to erase the memories of Majin Buu's rampage from the people of Earth, except for the Dragon Team and their family and close friends. This allows the good Majin Buu to live peacefully on Earth with his new friends.
Gods of the Universe Saga
Main article: Gods of the Universe Saga
- This section covers the events depicted in the Resurrection 'F' manga. The rest of the "Gods of the Universe Saga" is listed under the character's "Film appearances".
Four months later, at Kami's Lookout Gohan and Piccolo sense Frieza's arrival and Gohan tells Dende to contact everyone and make them aware. He and Piccolo meet with Tien, Krillin and Roshi and confront Frieza, who has invaded with an army of 1,000 soldiers. Roshi asks if Gohan has kept up his training, to which Gohan replies he has not. Everyone is surprised as Jaco and Bulma arrive in a spaceship. On Frieza's order, Sorbet sends his soldiers after Earth's defenders, Gohan fights a horde of them and defeats them, going on to battle Shisami and defeating him by becoming a Super Saiyan and delivering a heavy blow to his stomach. Krillin asks if Gohan can defeat Frieza, but Gohan states that he has no way of winning against him. When Bulma manages to contact Whis, Gohan powers up along with the other Z Fighters to help send out a signal, Gohan then watches as Goku and Vegeta arrive and Goku takes on Frieza.
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God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Main article: God of Destruction Beerus Saga
Some time after the titanic battle with Majin Buu, Gohan is first seen leaving a book store with Videl and wants to become a scholar. He is later seen at his home when Goten and Trunks are giving Videl a wedding gift. Some time later, Gohan arrives at Bulma's birthday party with Chi-Chi and Videl. While he was there, he gives Piccolo a copy of their wedding picture, in which he blinks right as the photo was being taken. Gohan takes to serving Bulma a drink while she complains about his father not being in attendance to the party.
He spends some private time with Videl away from the others and is introduced to Beerus and Whis following the pair arriving to the party, joining the other attendees in clapping for Beerus and chanting his name. When Mr. Satan was blown away by Majin Buu and Beerus, Gohan and Videl try to help him recover. After Beerus is challenged by Buu, who he defeats effortlessly as well as Gotenks, Gohan decides to get involved and charges Beerus. However, he is knocked out when Beerus hits him with Buu's body.
Goku intervenes before Beerus can destroy the Earth and in the group summoning Shenron, they learn how to create a Super Saiyan God, Gohan joining the other Saiyans in holding hands in an attempt to make Goku into one. When this fails, Beerus tries to destroy Earth again, aiming directly at them prior to Videl intervening despite Gohan attempting to convince her otherwise. After Videl reveals that she is pregnant, Gohan is excited to become a father and arguing to his father that her joining them is their only hope when he ponders if the womb will be enough.
Golden Frieza Saga
Main article: Golden Frieza Saga
Gohan is cooking for Videl but it turns into a fiasco. Six months later, Gohan's first child has been born and is named Pan. Gohan finally became the scholar he wanted to be. One time, Gohan returned home and wanted to play with Pan as his alter ego Great Saiyaman self but Mr. Satan wanted to play too. They both began tossing Pan around until Chi-Chi interrupted and began yelling at them. Gohan along with Mr. Satan wanted Pan to be a martial artist but she did not want another warrior in the family.
Gohan notices that Goku is trying to leave and go with Whis and train so he tells his mother to try to prevent him from going. When Goku is about to leave, Gohan shows up with Chi-Chi and Goten with him and Gohan argues that Goku needs to train and grow stronger in order to protect the Earth, but Chi-Chi didn't budge to that and was eventually relieved when Chi-Chi abruptly gave into Goku's wishes after he leaves as she knows that he will return when he gets hungry.
Gohan returns home with Videl. They have Piccolo babysit Pan when they're away. By the time of Frieza's revival, Gohan shows up and notices that Piccolo is worried. Piccolo senses power that he can't explain, then Gohan notices it too.
Four months later, when Gohan and Piccolo heard news of Frieza's return, they join Master Roshi, Krillin, and Tien Shinhan in the fight against him and his army of 1,000 soldiers. Gohan tells everyone that Goten and Trunks will not show up due to Bulma's request and they would do something reckless. When Krillin wondered if Buu was going to show up, Gohan says that he won't because he fell asleep and it'll be hard waking him up. Master Roshi asks if Gohan has kept up with his training, he declines but says that he can probably go Super Saiyan. Gohan takes on Frieza's army along with Piccolo, Krillin, Tien Shinhan, Jaco, and Master Roshi.
Gohan challenges Shisami when he approaches. Gohan shoots a barrage of ki blasts while he gets charged at by Shisami then gets caught in a Bear Hug. Gohan isn't struggling while being in the possession of Shisami. He tells him that he has a child and that when a person like him disturbs the peace, he needs to protect them. Before Gohan could attack Shisami, Tagoma shoots a ki blast at them and kills Shisami and critically injures Gohan. Gohan's heart stops beating so Piccolo restarts it by blasting a kiai and was given a Senzu Bean by Krillin.
Tagoma is taken on by Piccolo but when he's in need, Gohan helps Piccolo by shooting a blast at Tagoma to get him away. However, Gohan's blast doesn't hurt Tagoma as his body has endured the pain and suffering from Frieza, making his body steel-like. Gotenks comes out of nowhere and charges Tagoma and hits him in his crotch. Captain Ginyu switches bodies with Tagoma and takes on the Z Fighters with his immense power. They are easily beat by Ginyu with just single punches to everyone. Gohan takes on Captain Ginyu after he switches bodies with Tagoma. Gohan is struggling to fight against Captain Ginyu because he hasn't been training to maintain his power. Gohan transforms into a Super Saiyan and beats Ginyu in several hits but spares him.
Frieza gets furious because Gohan transformed into a Super Saiyan and sparing Ginyu, reminding him of when Goku spared him on Namek and thought it would be fun to torture him to make Goku mad. Gohan is shot numerous times through the arms, legs, stomach and chest with Death Beams, leaving him on the ground, nearly dead. As the fatal Death Beam Frieza shot at Gohan, Piccolo gets in front of the beam and takes it for Gohan, once again dying for him. Devastated, Gohan expresses regret for not training and not even having the power to protect Piccolo and his family, with Krillin comforting Gohan and assuring him that him giving up fighting to be with his family is not a bad thing. While Frieza taunts and threatens to also kill Videl and Pan, Gohan vows to stop him at all costs, causing him to power up to his fullest. At this time Bulma manages to contact Whis and inform them of what is happening so Whis gathers Beerus, Goku and Vegeta and attempt to find Earth for Goku however Goku can't sense anyone so Whis shows him a picture of Gohan to assist.
Gohan's rage is building and he stands back up ready to fight Frieza and begins to power up with what little energy he has left. Krillin, Master Roshi, Tien, Goten and Trunks attempt to calm Gohan down saying Goku and Vegeta will be here in a moment but he isn't listening and powers up further. Beerus commends Gohan for being able to put out so much power not knowing he had it in him and says Goku surely has to sense him by now however he isn't, with Vegeta getting annoyed at Goku for not being able to sense Gohan yet. Gohan's rage blows and he powers up to Super Saiyan not only turning the sky black but putting out more than enough power for Goku and Vegeta to sense.
Gohan's body, however, is too injured to go on and his body breaks, dropping him out of Super Saiyan, leaving him dazed and powerless. Frieza laughs and fires a Death Beam at his head however Goku and Vegeta arrive and block the attack for Gohan and Goku catches Gohan. Gohan is disappointed in himself for not being able to save Piccolo and being too weak, however Goku and Vegeta commend him for putting out so much power that they were able to sense him all the way from Beerus's planet and they are proud of him for standing up to the newly empowered Frieza for so long on his own. Goku gives Gohan to Krillin, who brings him back with a Senzu bean. Gohan retreats with Krillin, leaving the battle to Goku.
He then watches the fight between Goku and Frieza and later Vegeta who steps in after Goku is taken out. After Frieza destroys the Earth, Gohan gets protected by Whis, along with the others. Whis undoes time for Goku to be able to kill Frieza and send him back to Earth's Hell. After that, Gohan heads back home to see that Videl and Pan are okay then he embraces them and promises to protect them at all costs. He is later seen at a party, with the other Z fighters who participated in the fight and talks to Piccolo as he realized he needs to train and asks Piccolo if he could do so and Piccolo accepts this and tells him to maintain his dull body first.
Universe 6 Saga
Main article: Universe 6 Saga
"Will you train me again? This battle made me realize something, in order to protect those who are important to me I need to get more and more powerful"
Sometime after the encounter with Golden Frieza, Gohan has been training with Piccolo in order to regain his lost power. During the training, Piccolo has grown considerably stronger and has become equal to or even surpassed Gohan. One day while they are training, Goku and Vegeta show up to recruit Piccolo to a team for the Tournament of Destroyers, but Gohan insists that he should take his place because he wants to show off his new found power. However, after hearing from Goku that the tournament is in four days, Gohan is disappointed because he has to attend an important conference for Videl's benefit and thus, he cannot participate in the tournament.
Main article: Copy-Vegeta Saga
A few days after the tournament ends, Goku suffers from Delayed Onset Ki Disorder, due to recklessly using his ki against Hit. Due to not controlling his ki properly, he destroys his house so he, Goten, and Chi Chi move into Gohan's house in Satan City. Gohan and Videl are dressed formally, eating lunch with a professor and his wife, while Piccolo babysits Pan at their house. The professor was impressed with Gohan's presentation at the conference and wants to hire him as his assistant. During the lunch, however, Goku calls Gohan to tell him what happened.
Gohan and Videl later come home to greet Pan. Goku, Goten, Chi Chi, and Piccolo are there. Gohan is surprised that Pan learned a new word, calling Goku "Gramps". Gohan reveals that he turned down the job as the professors assistant, because it would take too much time away from Videl and Pan.
"Future" Trunks Saga
Main article: "Future" Trunks Saga
In the anime, Gohan is met by Future Trunks during a conference and while having ice cream with him is sized up by Future Trunks as not having the same power that he once had. Gohan introduces Future Trunks to his family not long after, Gohan having to don his Great Saiyaman disguise to retrieve Pan once she starts flying around and finishing his work before stopping a tug-of-war over Future Trunks' sword between his daughter and old friend. Gohan, Future Trunks and Pan go outside, Gohan revealing that he wishes he could be more strict with her but cannot due to him getting "soft" whenever he looks at her. Gohan bids Future Trunks a farewell and realizes that he forgot to ask Future Trunks why he had returned to the past to begin with.
He is later called for a meeting about the situation of Future Trunks' timeline and the true origin of Goku Black being originally the Universe 10 Supreme Kai Gowasu's apprentice Zamasu from the unaltered main timeline. Gohan is horrified to learn that Zamasu swapped bodies with Goku through the Super Dragon Balls and killed Goku, Goten and Chi Chi in that unaltered main timeline, and lastly invaded Future Trunks' timeline with the aid from Zamasu of that timeline to exterminate humanity and kill all gods around the universes. Gohan realizes this is the reason Trunks returned to the past.
After Zamasu's demise at cost of sacrificing Future Trunks' universe by Future Zeno, leaving Future Trunks, Future Mai, and Future Zeno as the only three survivors from their universe, Gohan flies to Future Trunks and Future Mai, bidding them farewell to find another world safely. Future Trunks in turn sees the Gohan of the alternate timeline reflected on the current Gohan.
In the manga, Gohan meets Future Trunks at Capsule Corp after Zamasu's defeat. Gohan reveals he was training in the Gravity Room - as no one has asked for his help recently. He tells Future Trunks he wishes to visit his peaceful timeline and Future Trunks tells Gohan he will let him visit at some point later - as he has decided to go to a new future timeline.
In the anime, Gohan partakes in the baseball game against Universe 6 in the role of catcher, shocking everyone when he catches a ball thrown by Goku while Super Saiyan Blue. Later when Gohan is up to bat, Piccolo instructs him to hit the ball to Magetta. Gohan does so but Botamo is thrown into the air to catch it, however Champa intervenes and grabs the ball himself and throws it to Yamcha and hits him in the spine however Yamcha landed on 3rd base, making him safe.
Shortly after, Gohan notices his dad acting strange and opts to follow him one day as the Great Saiyaman with Goten. During dinner, Gohan confronts Goku about it and Goku says that someone is out to kill him and they promise not to tell Chi Chi, though Gohan tells Piccolo after he realises something is on his mind. They both feel Goku's ki disappear and realize he has turned Super Saiyan Blue and the situation is serious, so they head off to help. Goten tags along, and they find Goku lifeless on the ground. Goku is able to revive himself with a Ki blast and tells his son and the others to leave him to confront Hit alone.
A few weeks later, Gohan hears of a Great Saiyaman vs. Mr. Satan Movie, with the role of Great Saiyaman going to Barry Kahn, a world-famous actor. Gohan heads to the set with his family and meets Barry. After Videl turns down his advances, Barry's ego and vanity cause him to change much of the film to make it more action packed, with stunts that were impossible and fatal for ordinary people to perform. Gohan takes over as stunt double and ended up acting in the majority of the film. As Gohan kept performing these normally fatal and dangerous stunts effortlessly, he kept gaining more and more attention, with Barry becoming more jealous of him, and the film's love interest, Cocoa Amaguri, starting to fall for him.
During filming, a bank robbery takes place and Gohan, in Great Saiyaman gear, actually flies away to go and take care of it. Krillin initially confronts the robbers, but is accidentally taken out by Gohan entering the bank. The robbers recognize Great Saiyaman, when a parasite that Jaco has been chasing attaches itself to one them, causing him to bulk up and slap the other through a wall and attacks Gohan. While initially taken aback by what was happening, Gohan soon levels him with one kick and prepares to finish them off with a Kamehameha but not wanting to attract attention to himself he instead creates a new attack he names "The Great Saiyaman Beam."
After speaking briefly with Krillin, Gohan notices the parasite slide into the sewer. The news cover the story, but Barry quickly swoops in and claims it was a publicity stunt for the film and the Great Saiyaman isn't working on the film as he is a washed up has-been hero who needs him to get him some spot light. Gohan shares his annoyance with Mr. Satan and during the conversation, Cocoa catches Gohan unmasked. Gohan is worried about his job But Cocoa says that she doesn't care and finds it cool that he is just a normal person underneath the helmet and asks Gohan to fly her home so she can see things from his point of view.
While flying her home, Jaco, believing Gohan is infected with the parasite, fires his Super Elite Cannon at Gohan who yells at Jaco to stop. Jaco explains that he is after a parasite named Watagash who brings out the evil in people's hearts. The more hatred they have the stronger the result. After returning Cocoa home and practising some lines, Cocoa breaks down and reveals that Barry is blackmailing her to keep Gohan in her apartment all night so that the paparazzi can get photos of them together as revenge for Videl making Barry look like a fool. After finishing practising, Cocoa kisses Gohan who then nervously flies off quickly, but not before Barry gets several photos of them. Gohan heads back home and is greeted by Videl, who was under the impression that Gohan was doing a late night filming.
Barry arrives at their house and attempts to blackmail Gohan and Videl with the photos he took. Videl, enraged at Barry, calls him pathetic and lacking in self-confidence saying that Gohan has a reason for it and trusts him. Gohan tells Barry to leave and Barry attempts to intimidate Gohan, but Gohan blasts him into a wall with a weak Kiai and demands he leaves. Outside, Barry is enraged when Watagash infects him. With his new power, Barry sneak attacks Gohan and Videl with Gohan saving her and taking the attack which knocks him out. When he awakens he notices Pan is missing with a message written into the wall telling him to come to the TV station.
Enraged, Gohan heads off to confront Barry, who has been gaining a lot of media attention on top of the studio with Pan. Gohan charges at Barry and overwhelms him, knocking his transforming body to the ground. Barry, now unrecognizable, continues to power up due to his hatred and now larger than a skyscraper, attacks Gohan who realizes that Barry is far faster then he is, appearing to actually teleport and knocks Gohan around. Gohan attempts to keep up, but is eventually caught and crushed in Barry's hands and blasted into space with a massive eye beam.
Videl and Pan call out to Gohan who is floating above the clouds injured from the blast. Hearing Pan, Gohan reminds himself he will never lose and powers up to Super Saiyan and flies back down. Not wasting time Gohan begins to charge up a Super Kamehameha while Barry charges up an even larger Eye Beam and fires it. Gohan fires his attack, calling it the "Super Great Saiyaman Beam" and effortlessly plows through Barry's attack and nearly kills him, defeating Watagash and Barry, leading to Jaco coming and recapturing Watagash.
After more posing, Gohan apologizes to Videl for making her worry. The Director works the battle into the final scene of the film which is received overwhelmingly positive by the public. Cocoa blackmails Barry, telling him that if he reveals that Gohan is the Great Saiyaman, she will reveal to the public that Barry was the monster who attacked the city. Gohan and his family then attend a screening of the film, where Goku admits he fell asleep during the film.
After this Chi Chi, Goten and Gohan head out to the fields and notice Goku plowing the fields and training. Goten reveals that dad wants a sparring partner and thought of Gohan. Gohan attempts to get out of it by mentioning Whis, Vegeta and Piccolo but they are all busy. Gohan reveals he would love to but he doesn't fight anymore but knows someone who does and turns into the Great Saiyaman and approaches Goku who calls him Gohan initially. Gohan protests and tells him he got him confused with someone else.
Gohan dares Goku to take him on and he is here to help someone in need of a sparring partner. Goku accepts and charges Gohan. Gohan, while initially stunned by Goku's speed, was able to block the shot and actually push back his father, with Goku revealing he was testing him and powers up to Super Saiyan with Gohan throwing off the Saiyaman helmet and going Super Saiyan as well. Ultimately, their match ends when Chi Chi yells at them to stop as they ended up destroying the entire field and countryside.
Universe Survival Saga
Main article: Universe Survival Saga
After learning that Future Zeno wants a preview of what a martial arts tournament is and only gives Goku an hour to find two more team members. Goku instantly heads to Earth at the request of Beerus, who yelled at Goku to take responsibility for the destruction of 11 other universes. Goku instantly heads to Vegeta who turns him down saying he is waiting for his child to be born and suggests his son. Goku looks at Goten and Trunks who are training together, but says they aren't ready yet. Suddenly, he figures out who Vegeta was talking about and goes to Gohan. Goku asks, but Gohan is once again hesitant and says that he still doesn't have his instincts back. Goku tells Gohan that a good fight is all Gohan will need to get his instincts back and reminds him of their fight in the fields a few days ago. Goku decides to tell Gohan what the stakes are and Gohan is scared and asks his dad what will they do if they lose and Goku says they will deal with it. Gohan, disappointed with his father's recklessness, calms down when he sees Pan and Videl, with Videl telling Gohan to partake in the fight and to listen and respect his dad's wishes once in a while. Motivated, Gohan agrees to fight. At this time Hercule and Buu arrive with Goku convincing Buu to fight, bringing along Hercule to act as Buu's handler. Gohan having found his gi once again arrives on the Sacred World of the Kai's. Beerus was initially unamused with Gohan and Buu as the choices but he quickly warms up to Gohan after Goku revealed that Gohan suggested they keep the destruction of the universe if they lose quiet as it would cause a panic, which Beerus thought was a great idea.
After witnessing Buu's victory, Gohan requests to go next and squares off with his foe, Lavender and is considering taking it slow so he can regain his fighting senses. Goku tells him no and to go all out at him since he can't sense him thus making Gohan's plan useless. Realizing his father is right Gohan says he will go all out from the start, saying he needs to see how strong he is so he can know where he needs to improve. Gohan and Lavender engage each other in rapid fire punches and kicks with Gohan driving him back. Gohan goes for an early knock out but Lavender attaches himself to Gohan's arm and sprays him in the face with poison blinding him, allowing Lavender to batter Gohan around. Hercule is worried about the poison but Goku says it could be bad but this is perfect training for Gohan as he is blinded and can't sense his opponent and tells Hercule that Gohan is at his absolute best when he is backed into a corner like this and this is perfect for bringing back his fighting senses. Roh begins bragging that Gohan will die if he doesn't give up as his body will rot away.
Shin takes out senzu beans and says that if Universe 9 can do it so can they. Shin is about to throw Gohan a senzu bean but yells at him to stop and says he refuses it and wants to win under his own strength to Goku's approval. Gohan then begins to concentrate and tones out Lavender's voice and using his ears is able to pinpoint his attacks and is able to block them, much to Lavender's shock calling it a fluke and tries again and Gohan blocks all of them and retaliates. Lavender falls back and bombards Gohan with ki blasts only to have Gohan block and deflect all of them. Lavender flies up and attacks from afar knowing how Gohan is sensing him. Hercule and Shin are worried again but Goku tells them to relax and while admits this may be bad reminds them that the deeper the hole Gohan is in the better for him right now as Gohan is remembering how to fight. Having been bombarded with numerous shots Gohan says his potential is far from unleashed and accesses his full potential and pushes it one step farther into Super Saiyan shocking everyone. The Zeno's are amazed at the form and call it very pretty and strong. While the God's present discuss the form, a fighter from Universe 11 says that the individuals from Universe 7 must be able to hide their true powers.
Lavender isn't impressed at the form and attacks again only for Gohan to deflect the blast and the numerous ones that follow, then Gohan suddenly charges him and attacks. Lavender assuming Gohan is able to see again begins to protest but Gohan tells him he is still blind but his energy is telling him where he is. Goku impressed by Gohan and says not bad. Whis calls what Gohan is doing as brilliant using his energy like a radar but says it is a double edged sword and says that his Super Saiyan form will accelerate the poison. Gohan attacks and overwhelms Lavender and throws him to the ground hard, with Lavender barely able to stand. Gohan flies in for the final blow but the poison accelerates to Gohan's heart nearly killing him and powers him back down to normal. Lavender begins to batter a dying Gohan around more and says he will enjoy killing him, Gohan not done yet stands back up and powers up once again to Super Saiyan, ignoring the risk to his life much to Shin's protests and attacks once again.
After another exchange Gohan fires a Kamehameha at Lavender's attack and begins to overpower him but the poison reaches Gohan's arms and Gohan is overwhelmed by Lavender's attack and Lavender tries to kill Gohan with another blast of his poison breathe. Gohan having had enough of Lavender's games flies straight through the poison to everyone's shock however Gohan emerges unharmed and grabs Lavender in a Full Nelson. Lavender asks how and Gohan replies he doesn't need eye sight to grab him at this range and flies straight up high into the void and turns upside down and flies back down to the arena floor as fast as he can. Lavender attempts to escape but Gohan being far physically stronger is able to restrain Lavender and piledrive him clean through the arena floor knocking Lavender out cold. A near dead Gohan rises to his feet and declares himself the winner and passes out.
The Grand Priest moves in to inspect the damage and says that since both fighters are unconscious the fight is a draw much to everyone's disappointment, saying that a great fight shouldn't end like that. The fight over Goku goes to the floor and gives Gohan a Senzu Bean and tells Gohan the news. Gohan is disappointed in himself for not being stronger but Goku tells Gohan that he is amazingly strong as he is and is proud of him and says that he is genuinely excited from watching him fight and can't wait for his fight now. Gohan seeing how excited his dad is cheers up and stands up saying he still wants to become stronger. Goku's fight is up next and before leaving the ring the Grand Priest repairs it. As Goku gets ready, Gohan wishes his father luck and Goku and Gohan fist bump.
While the battle between Goku and Top goes on, Gohan remarks that he is getting excited watching the battle between them, owing this sensation to his Saiyan blood. After the battle, Gohan resolves to think of a strategy before he begins to work with his father to form the team, with Gohan suggesting Piccolo and Master Roshi. When Goku suggests Krillin, Gohan doubts him and Goku requests they simulate the battle with image training. It was determined initially that Krillin would be slaughtered but Goku told Gohan he hasn't seen him lately and said he would be fine and told Gohan to come and see. Goku and Gohan go and get Krillin and Android 18 and they both agree but Gohan wants to test Krillin 1st under the tournament rules. Gohan was initially surprised at Krillin's increased power but begins to overpower him but falls out of the ring after Krillin uses his new technique, the x100 Solar Flare. Realizing he is still rusty, Gohan heads off to find Piccolo.
After finding Piccolo and filling him in, Piccolo agrees, and says he wants to take the time they have to retrain Gohan to use his old powers again. Piccolo reveals he has two Senzu Beans and they will only use them when they are done and not before and demands Gohan to come at him. Gohan powers up to Super Saiyan and attacks but is easily pushed back by Piccolo who is still wearing his weights. Piccolo reveals that Goku came to him a while ago and already asked him and was concerned about Gohan in the tournament. Goku mentioned that while incredibly strong he is extremely rusty and entrusted Piccolo to get his senses back. Piccolo tells Gohan he has one major weakness and that is he has been too eager and that is hindering his power and always has. Piccolo tells him to settle down a bit. Gohan, listening, powers back up to Super Saiyan 2 once again. Piccolo and Gohan begin to battle and Piccolo takes off his weights saying that is enough of a warm-up and quickly gains the upper hand on Gohan and entangles him in his extended arms and begins to strangle Gohan, telling him he will murder him if he doesn't get out of it.
Gohan wonders how Piccolo got so strong and Piccolo screams at him that he hasn't been sitting around while he studied as Gohan passes out into a near death state. Piccolo brings his pupil in and shoots him in the heart with a Kiai reviving him. After waking up, Piccolo tells Gohan that he hasn't given his heart into the warrior that lives inside him and this causes him to let his guard down at vital moments. Piccolo goes on to say that his great power always goes to his head and "you get drunk on power" and become arrogant and overconfident, leading to him always being defeated. Gohan powers back up to Super Saiyan 2 and heeding Piccolo's words attacks again and does better but Piccolo screams at Gohan that Super Saiyan isn't his true power and screams at him to re-awaken "your true self."
Gohan, heeding Piccolo's words to reawaken his warrior spirit, finally reawakens his Potential Unleashed state. Piccolo, proud of Gohan, summons his clones and fights Gohan again, with Gohan saying he isn't gonna hold back. The clones attack and Gohan defeats them all with simple single blows and even takes out Piccolo in one shot by chopping his arm clean off. Gohan, shocked that he actually got the real Piccolo, hesitates and Piccolo attacks him from behind with his severed arm. Piccolo says that he dropped his guard again and tells Gohan that he gets that from his father and tells Gohan not to be like his dad and to not stop until the fight is over. Gohan agrees and they take a break, with Gohan cutting off a T-Rex's tail and cooking it for them. Piccolo tells Gohan that he believes that his current state isn't his true and full power and believes Gohan can push himself much farther and Piccolo extends his hand and tells Gohan to give him the chance to help him attain that power. He asks Gohan is he curious to how strong he can become. Gohan says yes and shakes Piccolo's hand without hesitation and suggests how about working on a few tag team attacks. Piccolo says he likes the idea and agrees.
Later Gohan and Piccolo are meditating together and Piccolo tells Gohan that he has taught him as much as he can and together they go to find Goku, who is eating with Master Roshi, Tien and Chiaotzu. Gohan asks for a fight with his father, which shocks all but Goku himself, who was immediately impressed by his son's power due to sensing it the moment he walked in. They move out into a mountain plateau and Roshi tells them it is a tag team battle royale just like the tournament. Tien tells Goku they should be careful so they don't hurt them but Goku tells Tien that they will get hurt if they are not careful as Gohan charges both of them. Goku blocks the shot and is struggling to keep up with Gohan and has to escape briefly. Gohan tells Tien and Goku he isn't full power yet which scares Tien however Piccolo reminds Gohan to cool it and Gohan reels himself back in.
Piccolo then begins to power up and Tien tells Goku that they need to stop Piccolo now and they both charge Piccolo. Gohan suddenly throws himself in front Piccolo and drops Tien with a massive body shot shocking Goku at Gohan's new ferocity then watches as Gohan powers up a bit more and attacks Goku again. Goku is able to stand his ground but is being gradually overwhelmed by Gohan's massive increase in power. Tien staggers back to his feet and prepares to shoot Gohan with the Tri-Beam but Goku tells him to ignore Gohan and hit Piccolo. Tien takes aim at Piccolo, but Gohan having heard kicks Goku away and fires a small explosive ki blast at Tien's feet to stop him and punches him straight through the mountain. Goku comes to Tien's aid and grazes Gohan as Gohan dodges Goku's attack. Tien pulls himself out of his hole and yells for Goku to look out. As Goku turns around he finds Piccolo behind him charged up and unleashed his Hyper Explosive Demon Wave on Goku. Goku attempts to block it but can't and is overwhelmed by the blast.
Gohan and Goku look to keep going but Tien tells them that is enough as the arena no longer exists. Not satisfied, Gohan wants his father to fight him one on one with an understanding Goku answering by going Super Saiyan 2. Tien and Piccolo move away as Gohan powers up to his Potential Unleashed state. Goku, shocked, asks Gohan no Super Saiyan and Gohan answers no and his goal is an ultimate form that no one has ever seen before. They begin fighting and while initially even, Gohan is pushing back Super Saiyan 2 Goku and blocking all of his attacks with no issues. Goku then has to use Instant Transmission to give himself an edge and knocks Gohan down hard and fires a kamehameha at him with Gohan returning one of his own. Goku asks Gohan to power up more and Gohan begins to do so but Goku uses Instant Transmission again to knock Gohan back. Gohan powers up more and chases Goku up into the air and begins to batter Goku around with no issues and demands Goku get serious.
After being thrown into the sky Goku has no choice and powers up to Super Saiyan Blue and engages Gohan again. Gohan charges at Goku and Goku powers up to Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-Ken. Hearing Piccolo cheering on Gohan from the ground Gohan smiles that he pushed his dad to his limit. Gohan and Goku move in for the final blow, with the impact being felt all across the planet and shocking the likes of Vegeta and the Kais, whom are watching the fight from Capsule Corp. When the dust clears Gohan falls unconscious. After taking some senzu beans Goku reveals he is extremely proud of Gohan and happy that Gohan is strong enough to make him get serious.
Impressed with Gohan, Goku reveals he is stepping down as Team Captain and appointing Gohan as the New Captain of Team Universe 7, much to Gohan's shock. With Gohan now in charge they reveal the news to Beerus, Whis, Supreme Kai, and Old Kai and Gohan instantly calls a meeting with all the members of Team Universe 7 to develop a strategy.
When Majin Buu falls sleep and Goku has gone to try to wake him up, most of the team meets at Capsule Corp. but Gohan decides to tell them the truth about the universe being erased if they lose when Krillin mentions prize money as a reward. Goku suggests they make Frieza as Majin Buu's replacement, much to Gohan's shock but relents because there is no one else to recruit. Vegeta and Frieza begin provoking each other and Gohan once again asks Vegeta to put aside the past so they can fight for the universe. Gohan and Piccolo decide to take command because Goku and Vegeta are not likely to rely on teamwork.
When the team is finally complete with ten members, Whis takes them to the World of Void, where they meet the warriors of the other universes. When the tournament begins Gohan goes over his battle plan with everyone which is to stand in a circle and fight as a group and using teamwork. Vegeta protests calling it boring. When the fighting begins Goku, 17, 18 Vegeta all run off instantly. Frieza walks off also but calls Gohan's plan interesting and nice but wants to get involved with the chaos. Gohan along with Beerus protest but Roshi calms Gohan down quickly telling him he shouldn't be shocked those 5 aren't following it. Gohan regains his composure and stand with Tien, Krillin, Piccolo and Roshi and fend off an attack from Universe 9 using teamwork. Gohan's plan appears to work, despite Tien, Roshi and Krillin being far weaker then the Universe 9 attackers.
After Universe 9 is erased, Gohan is just as shocked as the other fighters. They are attacked by Universe 10's Dium, but Gohan easily deflects his blast and reminds his teammates to not go all out and that as long as at least one of them lasts to the end, they will all be victorious. Dium goes for Gohan in anger at almost being hit, but Krillin and Master Roshi defeat him. Gohan witnesses Kale's rampage. After her rampage, Gohan is separated by the others, but they successfully regroup. After deciding that his plan would no longer work based on the current state of the battle field Gohan suggests it is best to break off into groups of 2, with Tien and Master Roshi being one and Gohan and Piccolo heading off in another. While wondering Gohan is attacked by Botamo and attacks. Botamo initially mocks his attempts when Goku arrives to watch the fight and questions what is Gohan doing. Eventually Gohan's plan is quickly realized as Gohan's attacks begin to lift Botamo clean off the ground with Gohan effortlessly able to punch Botamo off to the ring side and kick him high into the air and blast him over the edge with a Kamehamaha. Goku and Piccolo both proud of Gohan as they part ways again.
Shortly after Piccolo and Gohan are attacked by Obni and Rubalt, the final survivors of Universe 10. Rubalt quickly attacks Piccolo sending him flying away leaving Gohan alone with Obuni. In his base form Gohan is able to easily match Obni. However, when Obuni begins to use his technique of displacing his ki across several copies of himself Gohan begins to struggle finding the real one. Whis points out this is a problem for Gohan as Gohan doesn't actually use his eyes to find his opponent but rather instinctively his senses instead. Having a plan Gohan powers up and dares Obuni to try that again. Obuni obliges and Gohan takes the hit but this time doesn't budge. Piccolo appears having quickly disposed of Rubalt and watches Gohan fights back now. Gohan takes another hit and counters again. Whis points out that Gohan's plan is effective and will work but relies on Gohan being able to outlast his opponent due to taking so many powerful hits. Beerus, concerned, pleads with Gohan to not fail. Eventually Obuni's runs out of ki due to using far too many feints and Gohan begins to pummel him and overwhelm him, much to the delight of Beerus, Shin, Old Kai, and Whis. Gohan suddenly does a feint of his own blinding Obuni and jumps into the air and fires a Super Kamehameha knocking Obuni clear out of the ring. Gohan lands and finds a locket Obuni had around his neck which was of his family. Gohan becomes sad and mournful of what he has just done but Piccolo snaps him back to reality and that they need to be moving.
Sometime later, Gohan and Piccolo are approached by Universe 6's Dr. Rota. Dr. Rota wants to reveal his ability, however before he can do so, he is taken out by a powerful Ki Blast. Gohan and Piccolo hide. Piccolo throws a rock out in the open which is destroyed by the same Ki Blast that took out Dr. Rota. Piccolo says its an attack that focuses energy in one point like the Special Beam Cannon and is shot from far away. Also, Piccolo cannot sense the attacker's energy. Gohan asks if Dr. Rota is dead, Piccolo says that if he would be dead then the attacker would have been disqualified, meaning he is still alive. Gohan and Piccolo decide to move to an area with rubble without the attacker seeing them. Afterwards, Piccolo's arm is shot off, however Piccolo regenerates, and the two decide to find the attacker. While spheres are patrolling the area, Piccolo puts his arm out in the open, and is shot, however he dodges it. Gohan saw the direction of the shot and the two decide to head there to take out the attacker.
Gohan throws a rock which Piccolo blows up with a Ki Blast, creating dust, which they use as cover. In the dust, Piccolo finds one of Prum's spheres. Piccolo wonders what the sphere does, and the two are attacked once again. Piccolo destroys the sphere, revealing that the sphere had heat. Piccolo then takes a shot that was meant for Gohan, this time, both of his arms are shot off, however Piccolo regenerates once again. Piccolo reveals that the attacker is looking for their body heat, explaining why the attacker was capable of shooting them even in the dust. Piccolo and Gohan then heat up the entire area with heat in order to trick the attacker. Prum then bombards the entire area with Ki Blasts, cutting off Gohan and Piccolo. Gohan and Piccolo hide under a rock, as Tien comes to help them, dodge all the Ki Blasts. Gohan and Piccolo witness as Tien is eliminated by Hermila. After Hermila and Prum are eliminated, Gohan and Piccolo depart together.
Later on, Gohan is separated from Piccolo and is attacked by Jimizu of Universe 2. Despite the young Saiyan's superior power, he struggles against his opponent due to his professional use of instant transmission until Frieza steps in. The warlord taunts Gohan for not going all out like his father would and tortures Jimizu before eliminating him; Gohan criticizing Frieza's needless brutality. Things take a turn when Frost arrives to reveal his alliance with Frieza. Still not trusting him, Frost asks Frieza to eliminate Gohan.
Frieza obliges and attacks Gohan, tackling him through a mountain. Frieza resumes his attack and Gohan avoids it, powering up to his Ultimate Form and pushes Frieza back with ease. Somewhat taken aback by Gohan's power Frieza, powers up to his Golden Form and re-engages Gohan. While both fighters manage to damage each other, Frieza eventually beats Gohan and knocks him out cold. After Frieza eliminates Frost, Gohan snaps right back up to his feet. Stunned at what happened, everyone looks on when Beerus realizes that Gohan knew Frieza could be trusted. Gohan reveals he was able to tell on his first blocked attack that Frieza wasn't being serious, so he just played along and trusted Frieza knew what he was doing. Frieza confirms this and says that he knew Gohan was strong enough to handle his Golden Form and if he wasn't he would have killed him. Frieza begins to leave with Gohan when Frost attacks Frieza from the stands. However, Zeno erased him on the spot, declaring if Team Universe 6 acts out again all of Universe 6 will be erased. As Champa apologizes, Frieza smiles at Gohan and suggests that they should continue to work together to ensure that their Universe wins to which Gohan smiles at Frieza.
Gohan reunites with Piccolo and witnesses his father's titanic battle againt Jiren. He is the first to give Goku energy for his spirit bomb and shows increasing worry when it still seems like he is losing. Initially devestated when he though his father had been killed by his own attack, Gohan is overjoyed and flabbergasted when Goku rises and becomes stronger than ever, remarking on how his new ability is unlike anything he has ever seen.
Not long afterwards, alongside Piccolo, Gohan protected the weakened Goku from Saonel and Pilina's attack and later on, declined to assist his father against Universe 3, confident that he will bounce back like he always does. During their own battle, Gohan and Piccolo seem to be at a slight disadvantage against the Namekian duo, having to save each other on several occasions. However, as the fight goes on Gohan seems to be gaining more and more ground on them in just his base form and is able to cause major damage to Pilina after knee dropping his arm off forcing him to regenerate, and blocks Sanoel attack to Piccolo with a Masenko.
Their battle is momentarily interrupted due to the nearby fight between Goku and Kefla, which Gohan is very intrigued by. Having witnessed Goku's victory over the merged Saiyan females, Gohan again voices his endless admiration for his father and agrees with Piccolo that he requires assistance. But before they could get close, Saonel and Pilina intercept them, forcing them to resume their earlier battle. During this time, Gohan and Piccolo both sense a change in their Namekian foes. Gohan realizing that they have fused with every single Namekian in Universe 6 powers up to his Ultimate state and says that there vitality and endurance is far to high right now so he tells Piccolo he doesn't need to worry about killing them which is why he is going full power at them and asks Piccolo to charge the Special Beam Cannon to maximum. As Gohan fights both of them Piccolo lets their spirit get the better of him and fires his attack too early as it does nothing to Pilina who responds by hitting them with a Mouth Ki Wave. In his mind Piccolo is met by Kami and Nail who point in front of him and as Piccolo awakens he finds Gohan shielding him and asks Piccolo to do it again and he won't get lazy this time as he will take them seriously now. Gohan goes back in and begins to dominate both Saonel and Pilina. Having them set up now Gohan charges a Super Kamehameha at the same time as his father, who is stuck in a black hole by Universe 2. Saonel is overwhelmed by the blast and as a last resort, Pilina fires another Mouth Wave at Gohan to save themselves. As Saonel pulls himself through Gohan's attack Gohan simply smiles at him as Saonel is pierced clean through his chest by Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon and goes on through Pilina allowing Gohan to blast them out of the arena, eliminating Universe 6.
Gohan is almost knocked out of the ring by Gamisalas, but is saved by Piccolo. Inspired by Master Roshi's advice, the young Saiyan blasts the ring to create a dust cloud to expose his invisible opponent, allowing Piccolo to make swift work of him.
After rejoining with the rest of the remaining team Universe 7, they are attacked by Team Universe 3. As 17 and 18 take care of Biarra, Gohan steps in to take on the rest himself, with his plan being to preserve Goku and Vegeta's remaining stamina for Universe 11. Initially, Gohan in his Potential Unleashed state is easily able to read and beat back the Universe 3 warriors however they are ordered to fuse into Koicéareta. After fusing Gohan is still able to keep up with the three of them but has a few close calls. Gohan slips and gets into a strength test with Koicéareta. While initially struggling and being shoved through the ring Gohan is eventually able to overpower him and push him off. As he does so Goku and Vegeta come in and knock him away. Goku apologizes for interrupting but says that thanks to Gohan's efforts his stamina has fully recovered. Vegeta tells Gohan they aren't gonna sit back and watch if they are gonna fuse into one fighter at this stage of the Tournament and together the three of them will make short work of Koicéareta and Goku and Vegeta power up to Super Saiyan Blue as Gohan powers up to maximum and they attack together.
Goku and Vegeta lead the assault pushing back initially but unable to damage Koicéareta. Paparoni mocks them for their efforts and says they lose. Vegeta smiles at him and tells him to think again as Gohan leaps out from behind Vegeta with a fully charged Ultimate Kamehameha. Beerus and the others now realize that Goku and Vegeta didn't have any desire to fight but simply provided a small distraction so Gohan can charge up one decisive attack. While initially able to block it Koicéareta is unable to resist for long and appears to be blown apart by Gohan's attack and seems to be eliminated. After powering down Goku compliments Gohan on doing a great job finishing it as Vegeta smiles at Gohan, proud of his efforts as well as Beerus even gives Gohan a show of respect by calling him by his name instead of "boy" or "kid".
However it is revealed that Universe 3 barely hung onto the edge as Paparoni reveals their trump card, which is to fuse himself with Koicéareta. The monstrosity was initially able to beat the entire Team of Universe 7 around without much effort and after 18 sacrifices herself to save 17 the remaining fighters fire there strongest attacks but are still pushed back. 17 realizes they can't win and charges through the attack with his barrier and shatters the reactor allowing his teammates to finish off Universe 3.
During the final battle, Gohan teams with Android 17 to battle Top. The pair have difficulty facing the Pride Trooper and struggle to find rhythm as teammates. During the battle, #17 tells Gohan that they need to stop trying to coordinate the battle together, as they have never fought with one another before and therefore don't know how to anticipate the needs and movements of one another. They formulate a quick plan, in which #17 will immobilize Top and sacrifice himself, giving Gohan an opportunity to eliminate them both from the competition. The plan almost succeeds, though Top manages to free himself at the last minute. This battle is interrupted, however, when Gohan and #17 take notice of Frieza's battle with Dyspo.
When Beerus reprimands Frieza for getting to close to the edge of the ring, call out to Frieza, Gohan leaves 17 to hold off Top so that he may save Frieza. Frieza reminds Gohan of who he is and asks Gohan what would he do if he betrayed him. An unamused Gohan rebukes Frieza, stating that he will eliminate the undead emperor himself should such a betrayal occur. Frieza is not impressed but agrees to work with Gohan. With his maximum speed, Dyspo is able to dodge Gohan and Frieza's onslaught of attacks however Gohan shocks himself when he realizes he is actually capable of seeing his movements, something Frieza is not able to do. Realizing this, Gohan orders Frieza to trap himself and Dyspo in a Cage of Light so Dyspo can't move so much. Frieza, initially hesitant, relents and agrees. Gohan charges Dyspo and allows himself to be hit so Frieza can trap them. Dyspo tries to reason with Gohan. However, Gohan says he doesn't care and attacks. Dyspo attempts to move but learns he is actually too fast and hits the Cage of Light.
Dyspo engages Gohan in a head to head fight using his speed to attempt to hit Gohan faster however Gohan shockingly is able to keep up with Dyspo's speed and begins to take a clear advantage over him and quickly overwhelms him due to his superior strength and fighting skill. Before Gohan can land the finishing blow, Frieza loses control of his cage and it breaks. Dyspo attempts to use his speed to eliminate Gohan but, due to being able to see his movements, Gohan catches Dyspo in a rear naked choke and orders Frieza to eliminate them both. Frieza praises Gohan's plan, saying he is indeed worthy of being called their leader, and fires a Death Cannon, eliminating both Dyspo and Gohan. After his elimination, 18 tends to Gohan and asks if he's OK. Gohan says he is fine as Piccolo and Master Roshi praise Gohan's plan of taking out Dyspo and Beerus simply smiles in approval at the young saiyan. Goku also voices his pride in his oldest son.
Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Main article: Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga
Jaco makes his way to Earth, asking Bulma to gather a few warriors together so that they can become special members of the Galactic Patrol while they deal with the situation regarding Moro and his crew, specific to mention Gohan. When Jaco arrives at The Lookout, he asks where Gohan is only for Krillin to tell him that he is currently attending a college lecture.
Later when Piccolo is fighting against Seven-Three, the Namekian is overwhelmed and seemingly defeated but is actually saved by Gohan. Piccolo tells Gohan of Seven-Three's ability and that he is currently the strongest being on Earth due to Goku and Vegeta's absence just as Gohan prepares to join the battle.
Gohan drives a punch into Seven-Three's mid-section, sending him hurtling back to the ground, but he quickly retaliates with Piccolo's Hellzone Grenade. Gohan is able to escape the resulting explosion and appears swiftly behind his opponent, where he strikes him hard enough to put him down. Seven-Three uses the Great Namekian technique to grow to an immense size. However, this gives Gohan an advantage in maneuverability, as he is able to dodge all of Seven-Three's attacks and sends him plummeting to the ground.
Seven-Three gets to his feet and begins to use Piccolo's Demon Hand to extend his arms. Gohan goes on the evasive and powers up an Ultimate Kamehameha while flying in and out of the rocks, before preparing to launch it off directly towards Seven-Three's face. Just then, Seven-Three's thirty minutes are up and Piccolo's abilities wear off. Jaco urges Gohan to fire the blast anyway to finish him off while he has the chance. As Gohan launches the Kamehameha, Shimorekka shouts at Seven-Three to use whatever he has in stock, as he taps into Moro's abilities to consume the energy wave with. Jaco explaining that Seven-Three is actually able to switch to other copied abilities, being able to store up to three identities at a time. Seven-Three begins to absorb the energy from the Earths warriors leaving them drained. Taking advantage of the situation Shimorekka and Yunba beat them until they are ordered to return by Saganbo. After they leave, Gohan learns that they will return in two months time.
Two months later, Gohan joins the Dragon Team and Galactic Patrol in preparation for the Galactic Bandit Brigade's assault on Earth. When the convicts scatter across Earth to steal its riches, the defenders of Earth split up but Gohan and Piccolo stay to take on the main threat. An invisible Seven-Three appears from behind the pair and steals their abilities once again. However this time they are prepared and despite first using Piccolo's and then Gohan's abilities, the real Gohan and Piccolo are able to outmatch him by using team work. The two take him down using a Masenko Beam Cannon and Seven-Three resorts to using Moro's energy draining abilities again. Before being able to though, he is attacked by Android 17 who arrives along with Android 18.
When Android 17 almost finishes off Seven-Three, Moro finally appears and Gohan is staggered by his horrifying energy. When Moro notices that Goku and Vegeta are not yet here, Gohan tells him that they will come and until that time, they are in charge of protecting Earth. Saganbo steps forward and asks if he can take care of them as Moro shares some of his power with him. Gohan and the others find themselves greatly overpowered as Saganbo slams Gohan and Android 17's head into the ground. Gohan continues fighting alongside Piccolo but even their best efforts are in vain as he withstands their full power attack. However Goku appears and quickly displays superiority over Saganbo.
Gohan apologises to Goku for being unable to defend the Earth from Moro, but Goku praises the newfound strength he and Piccolo have gained over the past two months, saying that he hardly recognised him. Gohan, along with the others, then watch as Goku battles Moro, telling him to go all out as they can use the Dragon Balls to restore any damage. However Goku loses the bout when he pushes his power too far, Gohan suggests going to help him but Piccolo tells him that it would be reckless to jump in when their power could be absorbed to make Moro stronger.
When Vegeta returns to Earth to face Moro, Gohan once again watches from the sidelines along with Piccolo. At first unsure of what Vegeta's strategy is, he soon notices the energy spilling from Moro forming into a ball in the sky. Goku explains that this is known as Forced Spirit Fission. Unfortunately, Vegeta's advantage does not last as Moro achieves greater power after absorbing Seven-Three, much to Gohan's shock. Moro is able to steal Vegeta's abilities for himself and takes him down. Gohan and Piccolo attack in unison against Moro with Piccolo able to grab a hold of Moro and distract him long enough for Gohan to ensnare him using Gotenks' Galactic Donut technique so that Goku can performs the Instant Kamehameha. Moro quickly regenerates the damage and drives his arm through Goku's chest. Gohan finally snaps and attacks Moro, though is unable to so much as make him flinch before he's punched in the face, getting several of his teeth knocked out as a result.
Gohan is eventually healed by Dende and he and the others return to the battlefield during the final battle between Goku and Moro. When Goku is having his energy drained, Gohan and the others give their energy to Vegeta so that he can pass it on to Goku in an attempt to revitalise him. After one final push, owed to Uub, Goku defeats Moro once and for all. Gohan and the rest of his friends and family celebrate their hard earned victory afterwards with a feast at Satan House.
Dragon Ball Heroes
Universal Conflict Saga
Main article: Universal Conflict Saga In the manga, Gohan evacuates citizens from the areas nearby to where Hearts is attacking. When the God Meteor is shattered, Gohan destroys some of the falling rubble.
Universe Creation Saga
Main article: Universe Creation Saga
In the anime, Gohan is seen training alongside Goku and Vegeta, sparring with Piccolo, Krillin and Android 17, when Xeno Trunks and Xeno Pan suddenly appear in search of Tokitoki. Suddenly the twelve Gods of Destruction also appear, falsely assuming that the bird will be destroying the universe in the future, mistaking it for another bird. When Xeno Pan retreats along with the bird, the Gods prepare to obliterate them. Gohan joins his father with his friends by his side when they have no choice but to confront Beerus.
However, they rescind from attempting to battle Beerus when Xeno Goku and Xeno Vegeta intervene to tell them it's pointless and point towards the Universe Tree engulfing the Earth. When Fu appears and makes everyone aware of his plans to create a new universe, Gohan and the rest offer to search for the source of the tree in another direction right when Goku, Vegeta and Xeno Trunks get ready to search for the source.
New Space-Time War Saga
Main article: New Space-Time War Saga In an underground cavern, Goku and his group meet up with Gohan and the others.
In the anime, when Goku and Vegeta head off to do battle with the Crimson-Masked Saiyan, Gohan and the others intend to head out to assist them only to be halted by the appearance of Dr. W, Super 17 and Bojack. Dr. W announces himself as Dr. Wheelo and enters into his true form, with his organic skin sloughing off and revealing a sleek new cybernetic body underneath. Gohan decides to take him on, but is blasted through the cavern wall. Gohan transforms into a Super Saiyan to stay in the fight and soon defeats Dr. Wheelo.
In the manga, when Goku and Vegeta go to train, Gohan and the others sense Wheelo and Bojack heading to their location and so Gohan goes to fight Bojack. Bojack easily thrashes Gohan around, much to the Hera Clansman's disappointment and thus in order to get Gohan to reveal his true power he claims to have killed Pan, causing Gohan to power up into a Super Saiyan 2 in sorrow and rage and defeat the full-powered Bojack with a single blow.
Supreme Kai of Time Saga
Main article: Supreme Kai of Time Saga
Peaceful World Saga
Main article: Peaceful World Saga
Ten years after Kid Buu's defeat, Gohan has finally become a scholar, married Videl and had a daughter named Pan. At the 28th World Martial Arts Tournament, Goku participates and fights Uub, the reincarnation of Kid Buu. After an equal battle, Goku takes in Uub as his student to train him and better control his power. Goku bids farewell to Gohan and the others before Goku and Uub fly away to Uub's village.
Dragon Ball GT
Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
Main article: Black Star Dragon Ball Saga
"So they caught you off guard right?"
Five years after Goku meets Uub, Gohan is employed by Bulma's company as a researcher and, like Trunks, he rarely trains, though apparently, even in the Earth's peaceful time he has not neglected his training. He now is more concerned about being a good husband and father. He is one of the first to learn about Goku's transformation back into a child thanks to a wish made to the Black Star Dragon Balls by Emperor Pilaf. They all soon learn that if the Black Star Dragon Balls are not collected and brought back to Earth within a year's time, the planet will explode.
Gohan, along with the help of Bulma and Videl, works on the spaceship used for Goku, Trunks, and Goten (later replaced by his daughter Pan) to go hunt the Black Star Dragon Balls. However, Gohan's power is still held in high regard among the Z Fighters. He was originally wiling to go with his father, and Trunks remarks that Gohan is among those on Earth stronger than himself and Pan.
Main article: Baby Saga
"My mother can overreact some, which is why I didn't say anything earlier. So what have you done with my brother?"
Gohan is later seen again visiting his mother and brother at Capsule Corp. with Videl. They tell Chi-Chi that Goten got into a fight somewhere (with Baby) over at Satan City. Goten returns shortly after, now under the control of Baby. Baby immediately realizes that Gohan is stronger than Goten and could be a little more sufficient body to help him infect Vegeta. Gohan also realizes something is not right with his brother. They two get into a little fight and decide to settle at a remote location. Baby-possessed Goten immediately plays the offensive against Gohan, trying to force him to power up (making it easier for him to takeover Gohan's body). Gohan refuses to do so, realizing that if he uses enough energy, he could hurt Goten. Baby-possessed Goten then powers up to full strength, cornering Gohan. Having no other choice, Gohan powers up to a Super Saiyan. Baby uses this opportunity and easily takes over Gohan's body. Baby tests Gohan's powers by attacking Piccolo in the area.
Now with Gohan under his control, Baby seeks out his true target: Vegeta. Baby-possessed Gohan locates Vegeta and fights an even battle with the Saiyan prince. The fight is soon interrupted by the arrival of Goten, who Baby left an egg implanted inside of, rendering him under his control. With the help of Goten, one of Baby-possessed Gohan's attacks pierces Vegeta's skin, which Baby takes the opportunity to liquefy himself and enter Vegeta's body, gaining control of a more powerful host. However, just like Goten, Gohan has an egg implanted inside of him by Baby, bringing him under control of the Tuffle parasite. Later, when Goku, Pan, and Trunks return home from outer space after collecting the Black Star Dragon Balls (which Dende later gave to Baby so he could wish for Planet Plant to be restored), Gohan and Goten appear at their house and transform into Super Saiyans to immediately fight Goku and Pan. Gohan even promises to kill Pan and fires an energy blast at her. However, Goku blocks the attack and the explosion knocks him and Pan down to the ground, rendering Pan unconscious. This angers Goku and he fights at full power, allowing him to gain the upper hand against the controlled Gohan and Goten. However, before Goku fires his Kamehameha at Gohan and Goten, Mr. Satan and Majin Buu show up and explain what has happened.
After being purified by the Sacred Water by Kibito Kai, Gohan, along with Goten, Trunks, and Pan help restore Goku's Super Saiyan 4 powers. Eventually, Goku manages to defeat Great Ape Baby, forcing the Tuffle parasite to flee from Vegeta's body, returning him back to normal. Baby then tries to escape in a spaceship, but Goku fires a powerful 10x Kamehameha up at the spaceship, blasting it to the sun while Baby was inside and killing the Tuffle for good.
Later, Gohan helps in evacuating the population of Earth to the New Planet Plant before Earth's explosion. However, when Goku teleports back to Earth to get a little boy who was left behind during the evacuation, Piccolo suddenly appears, saves the boy, and gives Goku enough energy to teleport back. However, he chooses to share the same fate as the Earth. Moments before his death, Piccolo has a telepathic farewell conversation with Gohan. He tells him that he chooses to remain behind as his death would cause the Black Star Dragon Balls to be eternally turned to stone.
This way, no wishes from the Black Star Dragon Balls will be made, saving the Earth from a future disaster. Gohan bursts into tears and pleads for Piccolo to come with them, but Piccolo declines and tells him how proud he is of Gohan for how he has matured and the amazing potential he had displayed over the years. With the conversation over, Piccolo says his final goodbye to Gohan, who screams Piccolo's name in devastating sadness as his mentor is blown up along with the Earth. The Earth is restored back to normal and everybody is back on it. Gohan says to Goku that he still misses Piccolo, but his father comforts him and says that he misses Piccolo, too, cheering him up. With that, Goku and Gohan are happy that the Earth and its inhabitants are safe for now.
Super 17 Saga
Main article: Super 17 Saga
"We can't let them do this! They've all been beaten before, we can beat them again!"
A year later, Gohan observes the 31st World Martial Arts Tournament with Videl and Krillin while Goku fights in the Junior Division and Pan, Mr. Satan and Majuub compete in the Adult Division.
Some time afterwards, along with his friends, Gohan fights the villains that escaped from Hell. He mainly battles a revived General Rilldo, saving Pan and Mr. Satan from him. He and Rilldo have an evenly matched fight before Rilldo unexpectedly uses his Metal Breath to turn Gohan's right arm and left leg into metal. He is nearly killed, but was saved at the last minute by Majuub. Along with Goten, Trunks, Vegeta, and Majuub, Gohan battles against Super 17, even firing an incredible Kamehameha attack at the Android to no effect because Super 17 absorbs it. Gohan is the first to be knocked out. He is saved along with the others by Goku, who, with the help of Android 18, eventually kills Super 17 with a Dragon Fist followed by a mighty Kamehameha.
Shadow Dragon Saga
Main article: Shadow Dragon Saga
"My father was the galaxy's greatest fighter, and he was doing it long before you were even born. You're history!"
Gohan, along with the rest, learns that thanks to the several wishes made to the Dragon Balls over the years, negative energy has overflowed, turning the balls evil, causing seven powerful Shadow Dragons to emerge from them.
Pan and Goku are successful in hunting down and killing most of the dragons, but are no match for the powerful Syn Shenron. Gohan, Trunks, and Goten come to the rescue and revive Goku's energy, while Majuub holds off Syn Shenron. Shenron is, however, relentless at killing Goku, and tries his best to stop the re-powering. He is even successful in landing a devastating blow on Gohan.
Syn's efforts are in vain, though, as the three are able to restore Goku's energy. Goku, now at full power, is more than enough to beat Syn Shenron, but things go for the worse when Syn absorbs all seven Dragon Balls, and transforms into Omega Shenron. Not even Goku is able to comprehend his power.
The situation changes when Vegeta arrives and absorbed Blutz Waves from Bulma's new machine, to help him achieve Super Saiyan 4. Gohan warns Bulma that if given too much, he might lose control and become too powerful and uncontrollable (like Baby). However, Vegeta is successfully able to achieve Super Saiyan 4. It is not enough to stop Omega Shenron though, and Goku and Vegeta realize there's only one option: fusion.
Gohan, Trunks, and Goten hold off Omega Shenron long enough for the fusion to be successful, forming Gogeta. Gogeta is far more powerful than Omega Shenron, but because he failed to take the fight seriously, the fusion expires before he kills Omega Shenron. It now seems that all hope is lost, but Goku attempts to form an Super Ultra Spirit Bomb. The rest battle Omega Shenron, but all are defeated easily by him. They do however, hold out long enough for Goku's attack to be complete and kill Omega Shenron, once and for all. After the final battle with Omega Shenron, he is last seen in one of the flashbacks in the end of Dragon Ball GT.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone
A four-year-old Gohan is outside of his home, when he receives a visit from his grandfather who is bearing gifts. The pleasantries are short lived however with the arrival of Garlic Jr.'s henchmen, who kidnap Gohan largely due to his possession of the Four Star Dragon Ball. While held hostage at Garlic Castle, Garlic Jr. is able to sense the power lying dormant within him and vows to make him of his henchmen. Shortly afterwards while in the Courtyard, he ends up eating one of the apples that Nicky was eating, unaware that it has an intoxicating substance (resulting in him entering a state comparable to drunkenness). He eventually wakes up and unknowingly pees on Krillin's head. Eventually, following Goku and Piccolo's battle with Super Garlic Jr, the Makyan opens up a void called the Dead Zone and seeing his father in trouble, Gohan manages to awaken his inner power and send Garlic Jr. into it instead. The exertion causes Gohan to pass out and upon waking up, has no knowledge of what had transpired. Goku decides to not tell Gohan nor tell his mother what had happened so that he can continue to be a normal boy for a little while longer.
The World's Strongest
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The World's Strongest
After Oolong saw the Dragon Balls being congregated to one spot, Gohan accompanied him to the arctic mountains to investigate (with Oolong in particular planning to wish for another set of panties). However, upon arrival, they ended up witnessing Dr. Kochin using the Dragon Balls to free Dr. Wheelo's Fortress. Gohan and Oolong later ended up attacked by Dr. Wheelo's Bio-Men, but Piccolo ended up saving them, although at the cost of being captured (with Gohan believing him to have been killed). He and Oolong were later confronted by Chi-Chi and Goku regarding the disappearances of Master Roshi and Bulma, where they admitted what they had witnessed.
He finds a way to sneak out of his home and along with Krillin head to the fortress where they save Goku from a finishing blow. They fend for themselves against Ebifurya and Kishime, but their unusual abilities give them trouble and Goku is forced to break free from the ice to save them. They head deeper into the fortress to where Bulma is imprisoned. When Gohan see's Piccolo he is happy to see him but doesn't notice that he is being controlled, he tries to get Piccolo to see reason but it doesn't work. Angry at Dr. Kochin for what he has done, Gohan begins to let out a torrent of power that causes device on Piccolo to break. When Dr. Wheelo joins the battle, Gohan fires a Kamehameha along with Goku, Krillin and Master Roshi though it takes no damage. Soon after Dr. Wheelo takes Gohan down with ease. When Goku is charging up a Spirit Bomb, Dr. Wheelo heads to the sky and Gohan heads up after him to buy Goku some time. After Dr. Wheelo is destroyed by the Spirit Bomb, Gohan joins his friends and shares in a laugh at Roshi's expense.
The Tree of Might
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might
During a camping trip, a forest fire is caused by Turles' probe crashing into the forest. In the mayhem he saves a dragon named Icarus from the blaze, befriending it as a result. Gohan and Krillin then travel around the Earth and gather the Dragon Balls and summon Shenron to have him restore the forest to how it once was, stopping Icarus from attacking Shenron after seeing him. Later when he is bathing outside his house, Icarus re-appears and with help from his father, find a home for it in a nearby cave. When the Tree of Might forms on the Earth, Gohan decides to join the rest on their mission to stop it though his mother refrains him from getting involved.
Nevertheless, Gohan sneaks out and manages to save Chiaotzu from a finishing blow by attacking Rasin. Afterwards, Gohan ended up encountering Turles, and mistook him for Goku. He then was forced to turn into a Great Ape by Turles (the latter using a Power Ball) and then destroying the power ball in order to have Gohan last long enough in Great Ape form to cause immense destruction. However, Gohan was soothed by the presence of Icarus, causing Turles to shoot down Icarus and thus Gohan to attack Turles instead. Gohan was nearly killed by Turles, but Goku arrived and sheared off Gohan's tail to save him from the attack. He then passed out, although not before telling Goku to stop Turles. He later woke up after the Tree of Might was destroyed by Goku (with Turles dying with it) and witnessed alongside Icarus the Earth being restored. Afterwards Gohan and his friends go on another camping trip.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Gohan along with Icarus go to visit Piccolo to put on a song and dance routine for him that he had been practising. He starts to whistle, and without noticing, the whistling seems to cause Piccolo a great deal of pain. After apologizing, both of them sense the presence of a high power level heading toward Earth. Gohan arrives at the landing site where Lord Slug and his minions begin to terrorize the city. He loses his Dragon Ball hat that is picked up by Lord Slug. He starts to battle with them, but is taken down by Medamatcha and Angila.
When Lord Slug's machine brings the planet to a deep freeze, he takes refuge with his mother in their house, but flies off to battle him wearing Piccolo's Namekian suit. He fights well, but as he is outnumbered, Piccolo comes to his aide. Together they duel the villains until Gohan is over taken by Medamatcha's creations, but is saved by Piccolo. During the battle with Lord Slug, Piccolo having Slug's full attention, rips off his own ears and tells Gohan to whistle. As Gohan begins to whistle, he weakens Slug, and gives Piccolo the chance to give his energy to Goku, aiding him in his victory over Lord Slug.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge
Gohan accompanied Goku, Krillin, Oolong, and Icarus on yet another camping trip. However, the camping trip was short lived due to Cooler's Armored Squadron ambushing them. Gohan attempted to aid Krillin, but was himself weakened by Dore grabbing his tail, with Dore also spinning him around by the tail until Goku interfered. While the Armored Squadron attacked Goku, Gohan remained behind to attempt to restore Krillin to consciousness.
Eventually, he flew in an attempt to aid his father, although the then-recently arrived Cooler tried to attack the young half-Saiyan with his Darkness Eye Beam, resulting in Goku taking the blast to save Gohan. They later went into hiding inside of a cave, although they were later trapped inside by the Armored Squadron blasting the landscape. They were later found by the rest of the group by Icarus' scent. Gohan then informed them about Goku's wounded status as well as wanting to know about the survival of the animals in the area. Gohan then, alongside Icarus, travelled to Korin's Tower to get Senzu Beans, also going high into the sky to avoid the Armored Squadron's scouters.
Upon arrival, Gohan attempted to get beans, although he was told to descend the tower because he failed to bring Korin a gift (in the Japanese dub, it was because he only climbed halfway up the tower), although largely because of Yajirobe's interference, he got a bean satchel and a spare bean. Gohan and Icarus then departed back to Goku's location, but were ambushed by the Armored Squadron, with Icarus being shot down and Gohan nearly killed by Dore's Can-Opener Attack, although Piccolo intervened, also holding off the Armored Squadron so Gohan can successfully deliver the Senzu Beans to Goku. He was also pursued by Dore, although Piccolo finished him off with his Chasing Bullet. He eventually arrived at the cave, but the satchel was destroyed by the Armored Squadron commander and sole survivor, Salza. In the Japanese version, Gohan ended up cursing under his breath over the apparent hopelessness of Goku's situation.
Fortunately, the spare bean was still intact, which Gohan feeds to Goku. He then attacked Salza in a rage after witnessing Salza defeat Krillin, but was defeated effortlessly. He passed out, although not before witnessing Goku emerge from the cave completely healed. Gohan was among those in Goku's mind when he transformed into a Super Saiyan again to defeat Cooler. Gohan later met up with his father after Cooler had apparently been killed, and decided to search the rubble to see if Piccolo was present, although they soon discovered it was actually Salza preparing to ambush them. However, Piccolo intervened from a distance with his Special Beam Cannon, finishing him off. Gohan then tried to call out to Piccolo.
Super Android 13!
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!
Gohan attends his parents in shopping, as Gohan had earlier agreed to undergo Summer School. While having a meal at a penthouse restaurant with his family, they meet up with Future Trunks, Krillin, Oolong, and Master Roshi. Gohan and the others end up surviving an attempted bombing as well as save the other patrons when Android 14 and Android 15 suddenly appear, targeting Goku due to Dr. Gero's desires of revenge against him. Gohan later attempts to aid Goku and Future Trunks in confronting the entities responsible for the attack however, Chi-Chi tries to stop him largely due to his commitment to Summer School. Gohan, however, coldly asks her whether his studies were more important than ensuring Goku survived against the Androids, with Chi-Chi being shocked enough to let Gohan go.
Krillin later accompanied Gohan (the latter being forced to tag along by Chi-Chi) to aid Goku, and eventually tracked him, Future Trunks, Android 14, Android 15, and the newly arrived Android 13 to an arctic area. He later interfered and aided Goku when it was becoming clear that Android 13 was having the upper hand in fighting Goku, and was himself saved by Piccolo. Afterwards, when Android 13 transformed into Super Android 13 via parts from Androids 14 and 15 (who had been destroyed by Future Trunks and Vegeta, respectively), he was attacked by the Super Android after saving Krillin's life. Gohan attempts to aid Goku with the Spirit Bomb by attacking Super Android 13 to distract him long enough to ensure Goku got the energy needed but it taken down in the process. He later ended up hospitalised for the injuries where his mother once again reminds him of going to Summer School.
The Return of Cooler
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler
Gohan goes with the other Z Fighters to New Namek, when they all notice that the entire planet has been taken over by a gigantic planet-eating machine known as the Big Gete Star. All of them set out to investigate, seeing that the Namekians have been taken prisoner. Gohan is the first to act, saving a Namekian from being killed. It wasn't long before they find out that Cooler had returned, and he sent his new mechanized soldiers to kill them. Gohan, Piccolo and Krillin do battle with their metal foes, but it doesn't take long before they begin breaking the Cyclopian Guards apart by upping their attack strength. Though they start doing better, Gohan and Krillin are taken to the Gete Star and imprisoned, ready to be absorbed for their energy. Trapped in a cage, Gohan yells that he doesn't want any of his friends to dissected for the Big Gete Star.
After a long battle between Goku, Vegeta, and Cooler, the Saiyans overpower the Gete Star, and Piccolo takes that chance to save Gohan and the rest of the accompanying Z Fighters. They escape before the entire Big Gete Star is destroyed. Together, Gohan and the rest of them return to Earth.
Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan
Gohan attended a Hanimani picnic with Future Trunks, Krillin, Bulma, Vegeta, Master Roshi, and Oolong (with Goku and Chi-Chi not attending due to Chi-Chi wanting to ensure Gohan got into a prestigious school). He later bore witness to Paragus' arrival, and attempted, alongside Krillin and Oolong, to stop a drunk Master Roshi. Upon arriving at New Planet Vegeta, Gohan, alongside Roshi, Oolong, Krillin, and Trunks. Upon witnessing Vegeta meet Broly, Paragus' son, Gohan could not help but express amazement. Gohan later accompanied Krillin and Future Trunks to investigate the city, due to their distrusting Paragus. They then discover that the "city" was nothing but ruins, as well as stumbled upon a slave quarry.
Gohan later interfered on the Shamoian slaves behalf and attacked the slavemaster. Gohan later ended up shocked at Goku's arrival, also learning that Goku himself had been searching for the Legendary Super Saiyan. Gohan, Future Trunks, and Krillin later questioned the Shamoian slaves about the status of the Legendary Super Saiyan, and had confirmation that the Legendary Super Saiyan was indeed real, as he was responsible for the destruction of their homeworld prior to Paragus enslaving them. Later that night, Gohan and Krillin woke up, but ended up witnessing Broly attacking Goku in a fit of rage, also being crushed underneath Goku's (now destroyed) mattress by the irate Saiyan after Broly threw it aside. The next morning, Gohan, alongside Master Roshi, Oolong, Krillin, and Future Trunks brought along several Shamoian slaves before Vegeta to expose Paragus' deception, with the Shamoians also recognizing Broly as the Super Saiyan who destroyed planet Shamo, as well as witnessing Broly's transformation into the Legendary Super Saiyan in a fit of rage. Gohan attempted to prevent Broly from attacking Goku, but Goku ended up pushing him aside due to realizing Broly was far too powerful for Gohan to handle, also being forced to retreat, although not before being hit by one of Broly's Explosive Waves.
Gohan later was shielded by Goku from another blast. Gohan then enters his Super Saiyan state to attack Broly, alongside Goku and Future Trunks. He also bore witness to Broly, after giving a speech to the surviving Shamoian slaves about their desires to return to their homeworld, promptly blow it up and cackle, causing Gohan to express horror at Broly's callous action and decry the mad Saiyan as being pure evil (with his statement being more strongly worded in the Japanese version where he explicitly calls Broly a demon). However, Goku later forced Gohan to leave after Broly threatened him, with Goku attempting to hold him off. However, Broly caught up and violently attacked Gohan, eventually resulting in Gohan being snagged by the neck on a beam, nearly breaking it. He was nearly killed by one of Broly's Eraser Cannons, although he was saved by Piccolo, also being fed a Senzu Bean. He then, alongside Future Trunks, attempted to use a combined Masenko against Broly, but it did not phase Broly at all other than destroying the building he was on, and ended up clotheslined by the insane Saiyan while he attacked Piccolo. Gohan later ended up knocked out, but then donated his remaining energy to Goku as a last resort to put down the Legendary Super Saiyan once and for all. After Broly's defeat, Goku and Gohan returned to their house via instant transmission, only to encounter Chi-Chi (who was angry at Gohan and especially Goku for missing out on the Parent Teacher Conference), as well as attempting to help his mom after the latter fainted in exasperation.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
"I know your kind! You think you can just waltz in and take our planet! But you forgot one thing; I'm my father's SOOOOOONNNNNN!"
A few months after the Cell Games, Gohan and the other Z-Fighters (including a visiting Future Trunks) proceeded to participate in the Intergalactic World Martial Arts Tournament. Gohan managed to get through the preliminary battles and managed to reach the final round of the tournament, alongside Trunks (after defeating Tien Shinhan), Krillin (who won by default after Piccolo forfeited out of disgust for the former's poor attempts at fighting the latter), and a sumo-wrestler named Doskoi. After moving the tournament to Battle Island 2, the fighters were to encounter and fight the Intergalactic Fighters (really Hercule's students dressed up like aliens) in specially built Battle Zones underneath the island. Gohan and the others are launched to their Battle Zones in rocket-propelled space pods, with Gohan arriving in his Battle Zone: a surreal world resembling a toy chest.
Gohan then encountered his supposed challenger and one of the Galaxy Warriors: Bujin. Bujin used his telekinesis to hurl several building blocks at Gohan, who hopped away from each one. Bujin then telekinetically yanks the hands of a clock and tries to skewer the teenage Saiyan with them, which Gohan disintegrates with an Aura burst. Gohan states that Bujin was trying to kill him, to which Bujin remarks "you have no idea". Bujin then used his powers to warp the area, revealing the "toy chest" was an illusion, and the Battle Zone was actually a forested area. Midway through the fight, Gohan managed to sense a far stronger power take out Future Trunks. Gohan then proceeded to rush from the forest where he was fighting Bujin to the location, an ancient ruined civilization, and discovered the other Galaxy Soldiers, alongside the unconscious bodies of Trunks and Krillin, as well as the group's leader, Bojack. Gohan transformed into Super Saiyan and challenged the warriors, battling them. They broke through the sky, revealing the Victorian-style city Battle Zone where Trunks previously fought and killed Kogu, where the rest of the battle takes place. Gohan is dominated by Bojack and almost gets obliterated by a Full Power Energy Ball but is saved when it is deflected by a Special Beam Cannon from Piccolo. Piccolo gets beaten, with Vegeta and Trunks following suite. Gohan again starts to battle them alone. Outmatched, Gohan is near powerless against the Galaxy Warriors and gets caught in Psycho Thread.
Mr. Satan arrives in a space pod and distracts Bojack, saving Gohan. Moments later Bojack had Gohan in a Bear Hug. While struggling and screaming for help, Goku comes to Gohan's aid by using Instant Transmission to punch Bojack. Goku gives Gohan energy and turns Super Saiyan 2. Gohan evaporates Bujin and Bido, killing them with a simple punch and kick. Gohan punches Bojack, penetrating his abdomen but refuses to be beaten. Bojack uses Galactic Buster and Gohan charges a Kamehameha forming a collision. Gohan kills Bojack ending the battle.
Broly - Second Coming
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming
"So, it's my father you're after, right Broly? Why is it that scum like you always want revenge for being put in your place? Well come on, I'll be happy to put you back again!"
Gohan sensed Broly attacking Goten and Trunks, and rushed to stop the trouble. Gohan then arrived and interfered with Broly's Planet Geyser technique against a weakened Goten and Trunks, also discovering Broly's survival. Upon meeting with the boys, he then explained who Broly was, and that Goku had beaten him, although he was later horrified when he discovered that Broly had also fought and injured Videl. Gohan then vowed to "put [Broly] back again" after deducing that Broly most likely wanted revenge against Goku for his earlier defeat, and fought Broly to a stalemate. After launching a blast that destroyed part of the area, Gohan realized that Broly has gotten much stronger since their last encounter (In the Japanese version, he also mentions that Gohan himself had "powered up considerably" since then as well). Broly then shrugged off the attack and emerged back up while threateningly declaring Kakarot's name, but Gohan was later saved by Videl, with Gohan expressing relief at her being alright. Gohan then attempted to stop Broly after he cracked the ground in four with an energy wave by launching into the air, and ended up bracing himself for an apparent attack from the deranged Super Saiyan. However, he then ended up attempting to defend the others when it became apparent that they were the true target, although this failed, leaving Gohan the only one left standing. He then became a Super Saiyan 2 in his rage, with Broly powering up to Legendary Super Saiyan. They then fought, although Gohan was largely getting beaten, eventually being trapped in a backbreaker over the newly formed lava pit. Gohan, however, eventually hit Broly hard enough to temporarily stun him and lured the Saiyan into the magma pit in the hopes of beating him. He succeeded, but was saved by Krillin (whom he mistook for Piccolo due to his wearing Piccolo's attire).
However, the victory was short-lived when Broly revealed that the lava did not affect him at all. Gohan eventually was put in the vengeful Saiyan's mercy, but eventually broke free in anger at Videl's injured status (having used the last of her strength to hurl a crystal at Broly). Gohan then entered a beam struggle with the mad Saiyan, with Goten later participating, but were on the losing end. Gohan and Goten later were apparently spiritually aided by Goku, and eventually succeeded in launching Broly into the sun. Gohan later noticed that Goku disappeared, although he was certain Goku had been present. He later reunited with Videl, but then was forced to flee when it became apparent that she was upset with Gohan for not coming to her aid earlier.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn
"I am son of Goku, guardian of all that is good, Gohan."
Gohan is at his home with his family and Videl enjoying a large meal when Videl receives a distress call. Wearing his Great Saiyaman disguise, Gohan and Videl appear to fight the dead who return to Earth. Eventually, Frieza arrives and he and Gohan have a brief discussion where Gohan reveals his identity to the tyrant. Frieza sends an army of Hell inhabitants (including former Frieza Force members, Bojack's gang, etc.) to attack Gohan, but Gohan flies through them and defeats Frieza in a single blow. Afterwards, he and Videl hunt down and defeat the other escaped villains. After everything has returned to normal, Gohan, Goten, Trunks and Videl begin to head back where they are teased by the two younger Saiyans for being all kissy kissy, Gohan becomes flustered and chases after the two as he shouts at them to not tell his mother.
Wrath of the Dragon
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon
When a few armed bank robbers are speeding dangerously throughout the city, Gohan appears and halts the car with his foot, donning his Great Saiyaman disguise along with Videl in her own costume as the Great Saiyaman 2, they apprehend the criminals before returning to Orange Star High School. Shortly after arriving, Videl receives another distress call and Gohan is able to get out of class after saying he feels sick. Alongside Videl, the two head over to a supposed suicide jumper and Gohan saves him from a fall.
After rescuing him, the old man introduces himself as Hoi and tells the two about the legendary warrior Tapion and that he needs their help in releasing him from the music box he is being held in, as the Earth would be endangered if he were not released. Gohan tries to open the box with his massive strength but to no avail. Hoi advises them to use the Dragon Balls to open the box and Gohan and Videl bring Hoi and his box over to Bulma at Capsule Corporation to see if she can figure anything out. Unable to, Gohan and the others head out to gather the Dragon Balls where they then summon Shenron and ask him to open the box which releases Tapion from confinement.
On the night after Tapion is released, Hirudegarn's lower half starts to wreck West City. Gohan and Videl arrive at the scene to investigate, but shortly after they arrive, they are almost swept away by the monster's tail. They execute their Great Saiyaman poses, however Hirudegarn's legs are not impressed; he throws the two heroes to opposite sides of the street, causing Videl to lose her helmet, and Gohan loses his turban and sunglasses. Gohan, with Videl's support, immediately counter-attacks. After Gohan powers up to his Potential Unleashed form, Videl thinks Gohan has won, but Gohan says it isn't over yet. Tapion comes to aid Gohan and Videl by playing a magical tune on his Hero's Flute, weakening Hirudegarn's bottom half, causing it to vanish and leaves the battlefield.
Later, when Hirudegarn's two halves become one, Gohan joins Goku and Goten in engaging the monster but they find themselves far outmatched. After Hirudegarn transforms, he quickly takes Gohan down who sits out for the rest of the fight. After his father, defeats the monster, Gohan joins the others in saying their farewell to Tapion as he travels back to Konats.
Battle of Gods
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
"Those who would commit evil beware! The all powerful Great Saiyaman is here to save Trunks from his evil girlfriend!"
Four years after the defeat of Kid Buu, Gohan and friends attend Bulma's birthday party. There, he gets drunk and in his Saiyaman guise tries to get Mai to fire a bullet as part of a show for the others where she is holding Trunks hostage, though in reality she was in threatening his life despite his superhuman strength making him in no real danger. One of the bullets that Gohan deflects hits Videl in the leg, Dende then heals her and learns she is pregnant. Another hits Beerus but Vegeta is able to calm him down by singing and dancing on stage.
"I'll hold him off. Get the others to safety!"
Soon after, a fight between Good Buu and Beerus breaks out, Gohan, Android 18, Piccolo, and Tien Shinhan jump into action against the God of Destruction but are heavily outclassed, with Gohan attempting to restrain Beerus in a full-nelson only to be flipped and kicked away. Soon after learning of the Super Saiyan God, he joins with Vegeta, Trunks, and Goten in an unsuccessful attempt to help Goku transform, though soon learn that they need another Saiyan to successfully perform the ritual and Dende reveals Videl's pregnancy, leading Gohan and the others to cheer in happiness before performing the ritual again, this time successfully transforming Goku into a Super Saiyan God. Later, Gohan and the others follow Goku and Beerus' battle. In the end, Beerus wins but he does not destroy the Earth.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
"I can handle his men, I guess. But this is serious, Bulma. I don't think you understand what kind of opponent Frieza is. It took my dad everything he had to win their battle last time, and Frieza's powered up to a completely different level. We can't beat him."
Sometime after the battle with the God of Destruction, Beerus, Gohan and Videl return home from shopping, who they had Piccolo babysitting their newly born child, Pan. Both Gohan and Piccolo sense bad energy on the planet but can't depict what it is. He later notices the sky has gone dark, meaning that Shenron has been summoned. Four months later, Gohan is told by Bulma that Frieza is heading to Earth in an hour so he heads to North City with Piccolo, where Frieza has arrived with his army. In the manga, Gohan takes Videl and Pan to The Lookout and requests for Dende to locate where Frieza is and Gohan is told that he is at North City. Upon landing there, both Gohan and Piccolo are shocked seeing Frieza and his army. Tien Shinhan arrives and says that he didn't bring Yamcha or Chiaotzu to the battle because it's too dangerous for them. Gohan follows with stating that he was told by Bulma not to tell Trunks or Goten about Frieza as they would've challenged him to a duel. Krillin and Master Roshi suddenly arrive with Senzu Beans. Krillin asks why Gohan has a track suit on; Gohan replies with due to not having enough time, he left his gi at home. Master Roshi then asks if he had been training, Gohan questions his power due to not keeping up with his training. Bulma and Jaco show up on the scene and Bulma was talking poorly of Frieza, but Gohan put some sense into her, telling her they have no chance against Frieza. Sorbet then orders the soldiers to battle.
Gohan and the others are taking on Frieza's men one-by-one but they eventually spread out because there are too many against them. Gohan easily takes out the men he has to defeat. He even helps Krillin out during the battle before he almost died. Everyone eventually goes back to the center stage to finish off Frieza's soldiers. Gohan sees that Piccolo struggling to fight a warrior named, Shisami. Gohan intervenes and easily defeats him when he goes Super Saiyan. After this, Frieza is ready to fight so he chooses Gohan as his first victim. He punches Gohan and has him his heart stop beating. Piccolo uses a kiai, which gets Gohan's heart beating and enables him to down the second-to-last Senzu Bean. For Goku and Vegeta to arrive, Bulma demanded that everyone should power up so Goku could reach Earth using Instant Transmission. Gohan later watches the battle between Goku and Frieza and later Vegeta. When Frieza destroyed the Earth, Whis shielded him and the others from being killed. After Goku learned from his mistake, Whis uses his temporal do-over technique, before Frieza blew up the Earth for Goku to kill Frieza.
Other Dragon Ball stories
The Return of Son Goku and Friends!
Main article: Dragon Ball: The Return of Son Goku and Friends!
Two years after the defeat of Kid Buu, Gohan and his family attend a banquet held by Mr. Satan. During this event, he meets Tarble and Gure, soon after Abo and Cado, who are remnants of the Frieza Force. While Goten and Trunks are fighting Avo and Cado, he decides to coach them and give them tips while they are fighting.
Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai Shortly after the Cell Games, Super Janemba's messing with reality in the future causes Teen Gohan's essence to be dragged into the future two years after Kid Buu's defeat while Gohan was asleep. Gohan is consumed by blind rage when taunted by Cell about the mistakes that he made and, taken over by Janemba's influence, he gains a power boost enough to easily destroy Super Perfect Cell (who had previously beaten Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks thanks to a Saiyan Power boost). As his rage builds, Teen Gohan begins to lose his memories. Teen Gohan then aids his future self and his friend's future selves in defeating Super Janemba, before his essence is sent back in time by Piccolo's wish to Shenron. He wakes up in the morning with no memories of the events.
Dragon Ball Legends
Main article: Dragon Ball Online
It is revealed that after the demise of his father around Age 801, Gohan reflects on the power he wields and so he devoted himself to scholarly research on the source of that strength, ki. In Age 804, Gohan begins to research the martial arts of the past, organizing them in his book Groundbreaking Science, introducing concepts such as ki control to the general public and ushering in a worldwide revolution in martial arts. Later, when the remnants of Frieza's army launch a full-scale invasion of Earth, Gohan and the other Z Fighters band together and defeat them, using Saiyaman-like costumes to hide their identities.
Gohan also appears as a kid in the game during Time Machine Missions in Age 761; in Break Wasteland, Great Ape Gohan is fought after he is made into a Time Breaker by Evil Bardock. The Time Patrol defeat Gohan and he is freed, returning to normal.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse Due to the arrival of the Time Breakers and their tampering with time, many of Gohan's major battles were altered to give an advantage to his opponent, causing a change in history. However with help from the Future Warrior these changes were corrected, allowing history to play out as was intended.
- Demon God Demigra Saga
Main article: Demon God Demigra Saga Demigra uses his magic to take control of Vegeta, Ultimate Gohan, and Gotenks. While under the Demon God's control, Ultimate Gohan is granted Villainous Mode. Gohan however manages to mentally resist the transformation somewhat though his physical body continues to fight during Demigra's control. Goku and the Warrior manage to defeat Gohan and the others freeing them of Demigra's control, however Demigra is able to free himself from the Crack of Time and attacks Toki Toki City. Goku and the Time Patrol manage to stop Demigra, who resorts to trying to destroy the Time Vault to erase history and the universe while he rides out its destruction safely in the Crack of Time, though the Future Warrior manages to follow him and frees Goku to stop Demigra's attack from destroying history. In the game's secret ending, spiritual images of Gohan, Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, and Krillin appear to the Future Warrior, whom they provide energy and spiritual assistance to allowing the Future Warrior to destroy Giant Demon God Demigra with the Z-Spirit Kamehameha. Chronoa later reveals that their appearance in the Crack of Time was likely the result of the nature of the Crack of Time itself.
In Toki Toki City in Age 850, Gohan and Videl mentor members of the Time Patrol together as a team and offer to train the Future Warrior, though most of the skills they teach are Videl's, though Gohan does teach the Warrior his Ki Blast Cannon skill.
Additionally, Teen Gohan appears in Toki Toki City to ask someone to aid him and the other Z Fighters to train, leading to a parallel quest. If the Warrior defeats both Super Saiyan Vegeta and Super Saiyan Full Power Goku before defeating Super Saiyan Full Power Gohan after he powers up, then an Ultimate Finish is triggered in which Gohan revives and is empowered by Villainous Mode forcing them to defeat him to return Gohan to normal.
Main article: Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Once again, due to the changes in history made by the Time Breakers, Gohan's previous battles were changed for the worse. These changes were corrected thanks to the new Future Warrior being sent back in time to correct history.
- Warrior of Hope Saga
As part of the Super Pack 4 DLC, Gohan appears in the main timeline with Piccolo. Sensing Super Saiyan Anger Future Trunks' battle with Supervillain Grotesque Zamasu, Gohan and Piccolo send their energy through the Rift in Time created by Black that connects countless timelines and eras to Age 796. This energy joins energy from his future counterpart and Teen Future Trunks from an indeterminate future timeline, as well as energy from his father, daughter, and Trunks from the GT Timeline, and Xeno Trunks in Age 782. Future Trunks uses their energy and the energy of countless others that passed through the rift, to create the Sword of Hope which he uses to perform the Final Hope Slash to physically slay Grotesque Zamasu causing the rift in time to close.
Dark Demon Realm Saga
- Assault on the Hell Gate
Main article: Assault on the Hell Gate Saga
At some point Gohan went out into the wilderness to try and attain the Super Saiyan 4 form. After he took on the form, Goku and Vegeta both sensed his power and headed off to confront him as Super Saiyan 4s, upon meeting him Goku expressed shock that Gohan had managed to take on the form. However, the three soon noticed a dark portal appear in the sky and headed into it to discover why it had appeared.
Super Saiyan Gohan, alongside Super Saiyan 4 Goku, Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta, and Android 18 encountered Super 17 - who had re-appeared somehow. They defeated him, however Darkness Towa appeared and forcefully merged Android 18 into Super 17, causing him to greatly power up. He quickly knocked Gohan to the ground and then began overwhelming Goku and Vegeta. In response Gohan took on his Super Saiyan 4 form and headed back to fight the super android.
Main article: List of Power Levels
"Incredible. When his emotions run wild, he loses control and taps into some sort of vast hidden power."
Despite his lack of interest in competition and even less like of hurting people, Gohan has shown to be a prodigy whose innate talent and natural potential exceeds even his own father, therefore making Gohan one of the most powerful mortal warriors in Universe 7, and in turn making him one of the strongest fighters of the multiverse as a whole. By age 10 (including the time spent in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber) Gohan's power and raw skill was on par with Goku and likewise eclipsed all his allies before unlocking an even greater power that surpassed Goku as well. Much of this seemingly stems from his hybrid heritage as since early childhood, Gohan has shown within him a seemingly limitless dormant power, which only revealed itself when experiencing extreme emotional stress, losing most of his cognitive thought in the process and would just as dramatically drop lower than before afterwards. The earliest occurrence of this hidden power was as an infant when he about to crash into a tree when his stroller was accidentally released, giving him enough power to plow a hole clean through the trunk unscathed. Even by normal Saiyan standards, Gohan's increase of might from fear or anger is exceptionally greater, able to compete against the strongest enemies. During their first fight against Frieza, Vegeta notes that Gohan's potential is greater than what he knows himself. Even Old Kai, a Supreme Kai with the power to perceive and unlock one's hidden potential, was baffled by the sheer vastness of Gohan's inner capacities.
As he got older and continued to train, he gradually became able to access larger portions of his power while retaining conscious control of himself. It was not until he was a young adult he could fully access his true capacities at will. Even afterwards however, Gohan's potential growth was still seemingly limitless as he would still show a mighty increase in power from his rage or desire, as would regularly training. To which, Gohan's natural growth rate is also remarkably high even by Saiyan standards. Despite originally retiring from fighting after getting married, which diminished his overall conditioning significantly, once he begun training again, he quickly returned to peak performance and likewise with only his natural might was able to compete against his foes of god-like might. Both Goku and Vegeta agree that Gohan's potential exceeded either of theirs even after they both obtained Super Saiyan Blue.
- Manga and Anime
As a child during the battle against Raditz, a scared Gohan showed a power level of 710, which surpassed the combined might of Goku and Piccolo at their fullest. When angered, Gohan rose to over 1,370 and seriously hurt his uncle in one attack before his power dropped back down to 1. After training with Piccolo, Gohan became the third strongest fighter of the Z Fighters during the Saiyan invasion, reaching 2,800. When angered, he was able to hurt Nappa with his attacks and hold his own against Vegeta. Later on Namek, when Gohan has his potential unlocked by Guru, it was comparable to Vegeta's power level during his assault on Earth (18,000). Between his repeated healing in battle and his continuous rising anger, Gohan was able to knock the tyrannical Frieza around several times and even cause him some damage in his various forms.
Gohan's power grows even higher during his three-year training for the androids' arrival. Later, Gohan's training under Goku in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber let him attain Super Saiyan form, master its power perfectly, and match his father's might. So unaware of his own growth, he was the only one not in awe of Goku and Perfect Cell's performance, believing his father to be holding back when in fact Goku wasn't. Once Gohan attains Super Saiyan 2, his power vastly exceeds all the other warriors present; he effortlessly killed each of the Cell Juniors, who playfully pummeled the Z Fighters, each with a single blow and likewise casually began torturing Perfect Cell into a battered mess. When Cell re-emerged in his Super Perfect state, despite losing access to his left arm (due to saving Vegeta) and his energy drained by half, Super Saiyan 2 Gohan managed to defeat Cell in the beam struggle when Cell was momentarily distracted by Vegeta's energy blast.
By the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament, due to lack of training, Gohan is weaker than he was during the Cell Games. His Super Saiyan 2 power provided half enough energy to revive Majin Buu. He could still compete against Dabura, though the foe said he could easily defeat Gohan if he wanted to. However, once Gohan unleashed Super Saiyan 2, Dabura chose to instead evade the young warrior's attack on Buu's cocoon. His effort ultimately proved useless as he was quickly defeated and nearly killed by Buu.
His Super Saiyan 2 might let him free the Z Sword and after training with the Z Sword to the point he could wield it effortlessly. After freeing Old Kai from the Z Sword, Gohan has his potential unlocked further by the Old Kai, vastly surpassing his previous limits without transforming. Trunks and Goten even admit that Ultimate Gohan is stronger than Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks. Against Super Buu with Gotenks and Piccolo's absorbed might, Gohan proved able to still compete in raw power, holding his own for a period before being worn down by Majin Buu's superior combat skill and cunning of Piccolo.
In the God of Destruction Beerus Saga of Dragon Ball Super, Potential Unleashed Gohan was nowhere near able to defeat Beerus, who nonchalantly knocked Gohan aside. By the Golden Frieza Saga, Gohan's lack of training for so long left him unable to utilize his full potential and difficult to stay transformed for long. However, Tagoma noted that Gohan is still much stronger than Piccolo. When Ginyu takes Tagoma's body and unlocks its full power, while initially overpowered, Gohan compensates with Super Saiyan to knock Ginyu down with two blows, though the captain recovers quickly and insists that he was merely caught off guard. Ultimately, Super Saiyan Gohan proved no match for the strengthened First Form Frieza, who defeated him with casual finger blasts, although Gohan was caught off guard by Frieza's first finger beam and was relatively unable to defend himself from the finger beams that followed. However, when Gohan's anger unleashed a power as Super Saiyan from Piccolo's death, it proved large enough that Goku could sense his ki from Beerus' Planet.
In the Universe 6 Saga, while selecting members of Beerus' team for his competition with Champa, Vegeta suggests that they place Gohan in their team. Despite this and having begun reconditioning since Frieza's attack, Gohan ultimately declined the offer as he had an important business meeting. During the "Future" Trunks Saga, while fully reconditioned, when Future Trunks encounters Gohan, he notes that he could barely sense his power, implying that Gohan's passive nature could suppress his power greatly. During the baseball game between Universe 6 and Universe 7, Gohan managed to catch a godly ki enhanced baseball thrown from Super Saiyan Blue Goku barehanded. Despite the impact leveling the field, Gohan emerged basically unharmed, impressing Champa. Later while battling Watagash, Gohan completely overwhelmed him when he possessed a bank robber. When Watagash possessed Barry Kahn, while overpowered in base form by the possessed foe, once ready, Gohan effortlessly dominated him. When Watagash powered-up into a giant form, Gohan was quickly dominated and knocked out cold. Once recovering and using Super Saiyan, Gohan finally defeated Watagash. Later, at the request of Chi-Chi and Goten, Gohan proved himself able to fight on par with his father in a sparing match in both base form and as Super Saiyans, the latter of which Gohan was able to land some solid blows.
By the Universe Survival Saga, in the anime, while Gohan was much stronger than ever before, his fighting instincts were still rusty. During the Zeno Expo, he fought on par with Lavender, one of the three strongest fighters in Universe 9. While blind, Gohan's sense of hearing and touch detected Lavender and overwhelmed him. When Lavender flew to better hide his movements, Gohan used Super Saiyan's aura as a radar to track Lavender as the foe made contact with his ki. Even while poison was rotting his body, Super Saiyan Gohan still equaled Lavender, fighting through the anguish to score a double-KO. Later, as Piccolo used the remaining time before the tournament to reawaken Gohan's warriors heart. Initially, even with Super Saiyan 2, Gohan struggling to keep up with Piccolo's half-hearted assault while wearing his weighted clothing. Piccolo's guidance ultimately lets Gohan fully reawaken his true power and enter his Potential Unleashed state. Upon doing so, Gohan's untransformed state quickly overwhelms Piccolo without his weights, although he still has a tendency to let his guard down, allowing weaker blasts to cause harm.
After Piccolo deemed Gohan's training as complete, Ultimate Gohan tested his progress against his father. In base form he fought on par with base Goku and easily handled Tien with no issue. With Potential Unleashed against Super Saiyan 2 Goku, while Goku initially had the upper hand, Gohan soon began to overpower Goku. Against Super Saiyan Blue Goku, Gohan unleashed his full power, pressuring Goku enough with such solid blows to make his father unleash his Kaio-Ken. While quickly overwhelmed by Goku's Super Saiyan Blue Kaio-Ken, Gohan's drive let him nearly land one final blow before fainting. In the manga, Vegeta noted that Gohan's full fighting instincts would make him extremely useful. To which, once Vegeta saw Gohan after finishing his reconditioning with Piccolo, Vegeta notes that he is unrecognizable from before, pleased with the results.
During the Tournament of Power, in the manga, Ultimate Gohan (who was not using his full power) fended off the unified assault from the entire Trio of Danger with some difficulty. He showed deceptive leaping ability against Roselle, reaching the flying foe from high above to aid Piccolo. In the anime, Gohan effortlessly deflected Dium's Fire Breath. While Gohan's punches did not damage Botamo, he took advantage as his punches lifted Botamo in the air, pushing Botamo to the edge and knocked him out the arena with a Kamehameha. Against Obni's secret feint technique, Potential Unleashed Gohan was able to endure the foe's attacks and counter, outlasting Obuni to eliminate the tired foe and emerged completely fine. Against Jimizu, base Gohan was overwhelmed by Jimizu's professional use of Instant Transmission, although Frieza notes Gohan would easily handled the Yardat if he hadn't stubbornly refused to use Super Saiyan. Base Gohan was able to compete against Final Form Frieza, who had grown even stronger than their last encounter, showing Gohan's increase in power. With Potential Unleashed, Gohan pressured Final Form Frieza and briefly hold his own against Golden Frieza. However, Frieza and Gohan were merely acting so Frost would let his guard down. Against Saonel and Pilina, Gohan competed evenly against the two mighty Universe 6 Namekians alongside Piccolo. After Namekians foes fully adjusted to their accumulated power from their countless fellow Namekians while initially pressured by them, Potential Unleashed Gohan fended off the duo, holding his ground long enough for Piccolo to aid him in eliminating the two foes with a Kamehameha.
Against Universe 3's modified warriors, Potential Unleashed Gohan fended off Borareta, Koitsukai, and Pancéa, adapting to their attack patterns and overwhelmed them enough to force their merger into Koicéareta. Despite Goku and Vegeta's aid against this new merged foe, neither side was able to push back the other. Ultimately, a timely distraction from Goku and Vegeta let Potential Unleashed Gohan launch a Kamehameha to overwhelm Koicéareta while also catching Paparoni in the blast. Against Agnilasa, together Golden Frieza, Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Potential Unleashed Gohan, and Android 17 engaged Agnilasa in a beam struggle, barely enduring the titanic foe. It was only when Android 17 damaged Agnilasa's energy reactor that Gohan and his teammates were able to knock Agnilasa out of the arena.
Against Toppo, alongside Android 17, Potential Unleashed Gohan was at a disadvantage against the Pride Trooper. Against Dyspo, Gohan worked out the weakness of his Super Maximum Light Speed Mode, to which while Frieza trapped both Gohan and Dyspo in a Cage of Light, Gohan overpowered Dyspo whose range of movement was severely diminished. When Frieza ran out of stamina and Dyspo free to move as he pleased, Gohan was fast enough to catch Dyspo in a body lock, letting Frieza to knock both of them off the arena. His efforts earn the full recognition and admiration of Beerus, who finally refers to Gohan by his given name, rather than just addressing him as Goku's son. In the manga, after Super Saiyan Kefla appeared, Ultimate Gohan easily repelled her charged blast, surprising Kefla. Gohan then declared that he could handle her alone. Proving his worth, Gohan's innate potential allowed him to quickly grow stronger than ever as he fought Kefla, ultimately becoming her equal, with the two wearing each other down and resulting in a mutual elimination. Seeing this Goku is surprised that Gohan could fight that well, Piccolo notes that Gohan has become stronger than ever before, and Krillin considered the possibility that Gohan could get stronger than Goku if he devoted himself to training.
In the Galactic Patrol Prisoner Saga, it was noted by Piccolo and Gohan himself that with Goku and Vegeta off-planet, Gohan is the strongest on Earth. Gohan is able to hold an edge over Seven-Three with Piccolo's abilities - even as a Great Namekian - long enough for Seven-Three to run out of time with using Piccolo's abilities, however when Seven-Three uses Moro's magic, Gohan is unable to get past his Fire and Flames and quickly has all of his energy drained. After Gohan's training with Piccolo, it is noted by Goku that they have both become far more powerful, though Shimorekka states that Gohan is still the stronger of the two, however the duo are no match for the empowered Saganbo, who walks through their combined energy wave with no damage. Against Moro - who has absorbed Seven-Three - Gohan and Piccolo's teamwork fails to do anything to him at all, though Gohan is able to briefly restrain Moro with a Galactic Donut. After Goku is dealt a fatal wound, Gohan's rage powers him up, however this still proves unable to even move Moro, who downs Gohan with a single punch.
In Dragon Ball GT, in the Black Star Dragon Ball Saga, Gohan felt confident that he could help Goku to recover the Black Star Dragon Balls, despite the fact that he and his mother acknowledge there could be all sort of threats out in space. When Pan boasts that she is the third strongest warrior on Earth (after Goku and Trunks), Trunks notes Gohan as one of the people with strength surpassing his own.
During the Baby Saga, Baby senses that Gohan is stronger than Goten. When Baby Goten confronts Gohan, Baby continuously remarks on his desire to take Gohan's body due to his ability to handle Goten without transforming against Super Saiyan Baby Goten. Gohan is noted to hold his own while trying not to hurt Goten. However when Super Saiyan Baby Goten releases an explosive wave, Gohan is forced to become a Super Saiyan. Once Baby gained control of Gohan's body, he remarks that the power of Gohan's body will be great enough to help him face Vegeta. While Super Saiyan Baby Gohan was able to defeat Piccolo with a Kamehameha, he was unable to kill him. Gohan's body was able to greatly impress Baby to the point where he considered keeping his body over Vegeta's. Baby Gohan was able to force Vegeta to fight seriously, greatly outmatching the prince's base state with his Super Saiyan form, and forcing him to become a Super Saiyan to fight. Super Saiyan Infected Gohan, alongside Super Saiyan Infected Goten, is at a disadvantage against base Goku and is beaten back.
During the Super 17 Saga, Gohan held his own in his base form against General Rilldo, who is remarked by Goku for having a ki greater than that of Majin Buu. Rilldo ultimately choses to metallize Gohan's limbs to take the advantage in the battle. After Uub kills Rilldo, Gohan is shown to not have retained any damage from the assault and jokingly remarks that he should retire if they're going to save him. When he attacks Super 17, everyone is shocked that his Super Saiyan 2 might had no effect on the foe even with his Kamehameha, showcasing the regard to which his power is held.
In the Shadow Dragon Saga, Gohan initially does not go to fight due to being inferior to Super Saiyan 4 Goku. Despite this however, Gohan later helps his father against Syn Shenron. Though his intentions are only to help Goku recover his full power. Gohan manages to survive hits from Syn Shenron, and gives Goku the power to go beyond his limits as a Super Saiyan 4.
- Dragon Ball Heroes
In the New Space-Time War Saga, base Gohan is easily thrashed around by Bojack, but once Gohan unleashes his true Super Saiyan 2 power in a rage at believing Bojack had killed Pan, even Bojack's full strength is no match and Gohan defeats him in a single blow.
In Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, upon seeing his father in trouble during his fight with Garlic Jr., Gohan let out a large amount of energy that overpowered the Makyan and knocked him into his own Dead Zone void.
In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Gohan is able to defeat one of Turles' henchmen named Rasin. Turles' scouter later reads Gohan's power level as 10,000.
In Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, when he has his tail held by Dore, Gohan's power level drops to 50. Later, he tries to attack Salza but is defeated almost immediately by two physical strikes.
In Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Super Saiyan Gohan battled against three of the Galaxy Soldiers at once, being at a disadvantage due to being outnumbered. Against the transformed Bojack, Gohan was able to hold his own for an extended period of time, and last longer than Super Saiyan Vegeta did, before the interference of his men. As a Super Saiyan 2, Gohan killed two of the Galaxy Soldiers with a single casual blow each and proceeded to kill Bojack with a Kamehameha.
In the Japanese version of Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming, Gohan, after noting that Broly became much stronger since their prior encounter, also notes with some annoyance "And here I was supposed to have powered up considerably since then", strongly implying that, at least within the context of that film, he continued to train and became much stronger than his Cell Games saga self.
In Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Gohan in his base form is able to defeat Frieza in his Final Form with a single punch.
In Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, Gohan was able to overpower Hirudegarn when he battled against his bottom half, hurting it with his attacks and eventually knocking it down with a powerful energy blast. However when later faced against Hirudegarn's completed state, he is defeated with ease, unable to do any significant damage to the monster.
In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Gohan's Potential Unleashed power made him the only one (without a power-up) able to touch the God of Destruction Beerus, being able to get him into a full-nelson lock. Despite this, Beerus easily broke free and quickly defeated Gohan by smashing heads with Buu's and kicking the young Saiyan in the abdomen.
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Gohan proved powerful enough to defeat Frieza's soldiers that he had brought to Earth by the hundreds. Despite his power having dropped from lack of training, he is more powerful than Piccolo - being the strongest of the warriors who fought Frieza's army. When he took on his Super Saiyan form he effortlessly defeated Shisami in one shot. Frieza himself states that base form Gohan alone would be more than enough to instantly beat all 1,000 men in the Frieza Force.
- Statements by authors and guidebooks
Gohan's power level is 6,000 during the events of the movie World's Strongest according to The Tree of Might pamphlets.
After his potential was unlocked by Grand Elder Guru, Gohan's power level rises to 14,000. After the battle against the Ginyu Force, by the time he, Vegeta, and Krillin begin fighting Frieza, Gohan's power level is 200,000.
Gohan's potential is greater than his father's and his power surpassed everyone else's - including Perfect Cell's - when he fought in the Cell Games, but his gentle heart stopped him from fully using it.
Daizenshuu 2 states that Gohan's dormant power is bottomless and also says that Gohan's potential growth is greater than his father Goku's due to being the son of a Saiyan and Earthling. Also, even after his potential was released and harnessed by Old Kai, Gohan is still capable of using his Super Saiyan form for additional might as shown in Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Super, but even without utilizing the form he is stronger than Gotenks.
The data book Dragon Ball: Extreme Battle Collection refers to Gohan as having fantastic power surpassing even a Super Saiyan 3. However, the Dragon Fist utilized by Super Saiyan 3 Goku possess superior power to Ultimate Gohan thanks to its massive ki amplification.
It is noted on Ultimate Gohan that during the Majin Buu conflict and Battle of Gods, Ultimate Gohan's power surpassed that of Super Saiyan 3 Goku. A V-Jump article for the Universe Survival Saga noted that Gohan's potential is greater than Goku's, and is limitless.
During the Tournament of Power, Gohan was weaker than Goku and Frieza.
Gohan has more latent power than Goku.
Gohan continued to train in the years following the Buu Saga and the end of Dragon Ball Z to Dragon Ball GT.
- Video games
In Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury, Goku states that had Gohan trained from the time he defeated Cell until the time when Buu appeared, his strength would have doubled.
In the story of Shin Budokai, which is set two years after Kid Buu's defeat, Piccolo states that Gohan grew even stronger than he previously was the last time they met. In his base form, Gohan is implied to be far stronger than Androids arc Gohan in his base form, as he far surpasses his younger counterpart even when suppressing his power. Majin Vegeta, who has been possessed and further been empowered by an evil copy of himself, states that Gohan is "a monster with power beyond legend" upon encountering him.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, both Old Kai and Chronoa believed Ultimate Gohan could handle Super Buu despite the Supervillain power-up Buu received from Towa, however both stated he'd be no match for both Super Buu and Broly•Supervillain though Chronoa notes Broly had also received Saiyan Power from his previous defeat at the hands of the Future Warrior. However once Broly•Supervillain was defeated Chronoa and Elder Kai were confident Ultimate Gohan could handle Super Buu while the Future Warrior raced off to assist Trunks: Xeno in freeing Vegeta from Hell so he could fuse with Goku.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Cell notes that Gohan does not possess the overwhelming power he had at the Cell Games and Gohan agrees, telling Cell that if he wanted a challenge then there would be no point in fighting him as he was much weaker than before and no longer considered himself a fighter and only fights to protect those he cares about if they are threatened. Although Gohan did warn Cell he has been training again and is no where near as weak as Cell thinks.
In the Assault on the Hell Gate Saga, Super Saiyan 4 Gohan is said to be extremely powerful, so much so that he has a hard time controlling his power. He is powerful enough that when he fired a Kamehameha in the direction of the Earth in order to defeat an enemy, it took the combined power of Super Saiyan 4 Goku and Super Saiyan 4 Vegeta firing their strongest beams to stop it.
In Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, after the Cell Games, Piccolo notes that Gohan is as strong as he could possibly be for the moment and won't see much improvement by training. With his Super Saiyan form he is able to fight evenly with Super Saiyan Second Grade Vegeta in a sparring match.
- Flight - The ability to fly through the use of ki.
- Ki Blast - The most basic form of energy wave.
- Ki Sense - An ability that allows the user to sense ki and power levels.
- Saiyan Power - A genetic trait that continually lets a Saiyan increase in performance against adversity, either by recovering from great injuries or enduring great struggle in battle.
- Leave My Daddy Alone! - First, Gohan powers up a fiery yellow energy aura around his body. Then, he charges at the opponent using the yellow aura as a shield. He bangs with incredible force into the foe with his head, inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Hidden Potential - First, Gohan charges up and creates a whitish-blue energy sphere around his entire body. He then flies forward with his arms in front of him and fires a huge whitish-blue energy wave from his fists at the opponent, inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Mouth Energy Wave - An energy wave fired from the mouth.
- Crushing in Hands - The user grabs his opponent in a powerful hand grip and crushes his/her bones.
- Thrust Counterattack - Gohan dodges the opponent's attack, punches them with his left fist, and then punches them away with his right fist, inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Angry Blow - Gohan kicks the opponent to stun them, then lands a strong punch and finally kicks them away.
- Masenko - The user places both hands above the head with the palms facing the target and one hand in front of the other with the fingers going in opposite directions. When the user thrusts their hands forward, they call the name and fire a beam of yellow, white, or orange energy.
- Masendan - First, Gohan puts his hands above his head like the normal Masenko, but keeps charging it until it forms an energy sphere. Then, he grabs the energy sphere with his hand and draws it back up to his side. Finally, Gohan shouts "Take this!" and throws the attack at the opponent, inflicting a great amount of damage.
- Gekiretsu Madan - First, Gohan raises his hands up to his sides and charges a yellow energy sphere in each hand. He then puts his hands forward and fires a barrage of yellow energy waves against the opponent, inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Wild Rush Blaster - First, Gohan kicks his opponent a few times, he then beats them up and kicks them to one side. He holds one hand with the other supporting it upward in a fashion similar to the Explosive Demon Wave and, as he shouts "I've had enough!", he forms an energy sphere with excess energy releasing off of it in the form of medium-sized energy rings. Finally, Gohan brings his hands forward and fires a powerful yellow energy wave with a large energy sphere at the end at the opponent, inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Neo Masenko - A stronger version of Masenko used by UM1-14 Gohan (Kid) as his Super Attack in World Mission.
- Ultimate Masenko - First, Gohan raises his hands above his head and charges streaks of yellow energy around his hands. Then, he puts his hands forward and forms a white energy sphere. Finally, Gohan fires a huge golden-yellow shockwave of energy from the energy sphere against the opponent, inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Double Masenko - Gohan puts both of his hands out at his left and right sides, and he then fires a Masenko energy wave out of each hand in opposite directions, inflicting a huge amount of damage.
- Super Masenko - First, Gohan raises his hands above his head like the normal Masenko, but charges it with more power. Then, while it is being prepared, some of the excess energy is released as streaks of yellow electricity. Finally, Gohan brings his hands forward and fires the attack at the opponent, inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Explosive Madan - First, Gohan raises his hands above his head and charges yellow energy in his palm. He then thrusts his hands forward and fires a short, but giant yellow shock wave of energy at the opponent, inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Combined Masenko - First, Gohan and Future Trunks put their hands above their heads and charge their Masenko attacks. Then, they fire them simultaneously so they merge into a large Masenko blast at the opponent, inflicting a huge amount of damage.
- Masenko Beam Cannon - A combined attack utilized by Gohan and Piccolo.
- Energy Punch - A powerful punch that is charged with energy.
- Impulse Fist - Gohan focus ki into his fist. as he using rapid movement to confronts the opponent and punch them, resulting in a big shockwave.
- Kamehameha - A powerful ki blast fired with two hands after concentrating a large amount of ki.
- Full-Power Kamehameha - While the fundamentals of the technique are exactly the same as a regular Kamehameha, the overall power of this Kamehameha is even greater.
- Super Kamehameha - An advanced and more powerful version of the Kamehameha.
- Ultimate Kamehameha - As for a regular Kamehameha, Gohan cups his hands at his sides and charges blue energy, then thrusts his arms forward and fires the Ultimate Kamehameha. When used as a Super Saiyan 2, it is performed in the same way as a regular Kamehameha, but without taking the stance normally seen for the technique. Instead, Gohan stands perfectly still while reciting the phrase. On the final syllable ("..Haaa!"), he quickly cups his hands behind his back and fires an enormous energy wave at his opponent.
- Father-Son Kamehameha - First, Gohan fires a Super Kamehameha at the opponent, who struggles against the attack. Then, the spirit of his father Goku appears behind him in a Kamehameha stance and shouts to him "Now!!" Finally, Gohan pulls his hand back and throws it forward as he charges more power into the attack, overpowering the opponent and inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Twin Dragon Shot - A double energy sphere controlled version of the Kamehameha.
- Electric Kamehameha - First, Gohan charges up an incredible amount of ki so that the golden aura around his body keeps flashing. Then, he brings his cupped hands to his left side and charges a golden-yellow Kamehameha. Finally, Gohan brings his hands forward and fires the attack with the flashing light emanating from his body at the opponent, inflicting a huge amount of damage, even creating a mushroom cloud in its wake.
- Bros. Kamehameha - When performing it, Gohan and Goten each prepare their Kamehameha attacks. Then, they fire them simultaneously so that the two energy waves merge into one large Kamehameha blast. When this is not enough to defeat the opponent, Gohan and Goten put more power into the attack, overpowering the opponent and inflicting a great deal of damage.
- Family Kamehameha - Gohan and Goten fire a combined Kamehameha at the opponent, who struggles against the attack. With the Dragon Balls in place, Goten wishes Goku was there. Thus, the spirit of their father Goku descends beside his two sons and transforms into his Super Saiyan form. Finally, Goku fires his Kamehameha as he, Gohan and Goten charge more power into the combined attack, overpowering the opponent and inflicting a huge amount of damage.
- Justice Kamehameha - A spherical version of the Kamehameha used by Gohan in his Great Saiyaman outfit.
- Super Great Saiyaman Beam - Gohan's version of the Super Kamehameha while in his Great Saiyaman alter ego.
- Menacing Flare - The user fires an Energy Wave at the opponent and if it misses, the user will use Rapid Movement to deliver a flying kick to the opponent.
- Special Beam Cannon - The move is performed by touching the index and middle fingers of one hand to the forehead and charging enough ki to attack. Its speed changes to the power level of the user performing the move. When ready, the fingers are extended forward, and two thin energy beams are unleashed from the fingers. One remains straight while the other coils around the straight beam. The resulting beam is quite powerful, drilling through most targets, and exploding on the ones it can't.
- Golden Dome Attack - First, Gohan forms a massive golden-yellow energy shield around his body. Then, he charges more power, condensing the energy shield into a large spiraling energy sphere in front of him. Finally, Gohan fires the energy sphere at the opponent in a fashion similar to an Energy wave, inflicting high amount of damage.
- Body Destruction - Gohan charges through the opponent, ripping a hole in them.
- Super Assault Combo - Gohan kicks and punches his opponent in the stomach, then he uses two roundhouse kicks, and finally punches them to the ground.
- Super Breath - The user inhales deeply, and then exhales creating a huge gust of wind similar to a hurricane.
- Chou Maretsugeki - As he shouts "Watch this!", Gohan charges at the opponent and elbows them up into the air. Then, he flies up into the air and hook kicks the opponent in their stomach. Next, he attacks the opponent with a punch and a barrage of kicks before roundhouse kicking them away. Finally, Gohan flies after the opponent and hand chops them down to the ground, inflicting a massive amount of damage.
- Quiet Rage - Gohan throws a single blow while everything turns blue except the background which turns black, slices the opponent in two, and detonates the body. In some cases, the environment temporarily turns dark as Gohan uses the ability.
- Thunder Bullet - The user raises their right hand, charges a tiny energy sphere before pointing at the opponent and firing it at them, resulting in an explosion.
- Galactic Donut - Gohan executes this attack by raising his index finger into the air and circling it above his head to create a yellow ring of energy, whose appearance is very similar to the Destructo Disc. Once created, he transports the circular energy ring over his opponent, then lowers and homes it on them. This results in the opponent being gripped and trapped within the circular attack.
- Soaring Dragon Strike - As he shouts "Hi-ya!", Gohan attacks with a sharp hook punch to the opponent's gut. Then, he follows up with a swift uppercut to the opponent's chin, knocking them away and inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Ultimate Soaring Dragon Fist - A stronger version of Soaring Dragon Strike used by Super Saiyan 4 Gohan (GT) in Dragon Ball Heroes and World Mission.
- EX Dragon Fist - A type of CAA Special Ability and variation of Dragon Fist in Dragon Ball Heroes and World Mission. When an Attacker from R2 (Round 2) onward, enter EX Dragon Fist Mode during his team's Attack Phase after all standard attacks, Co-op attacks, and/or Super Attacks. After charging up the Dragon Ki meter via EX Dragon Fist Mode's Card Action, the user turns turns the Dragon Ki into a golden Shenron-like dragon that appears behind them as they charge forward to punch through the opponent's body. Slide VR Card to deal more DMG with EX Dragon Fist. Achieve Full Charge to trigger additional effects depending upon the variation. Can be only used once per battle.
- Full EX Dragon Fist - A variation of EX Dragon Fist used by UM1-CP3 Super Saiyan 2 Gohan (Teen) in World Mission. Achieve Full Charge for a permanent +4000 to own PWR.
- Explosive Demon Impact - As he shouts "I'm not finished!", Gohan charges at the opponent and roundhouse kicks them in their face. Then, he charges at the opponent again and hook kicks them away, inflicting a high amount of damage.
- Kiai - It is a technique where the user affects the air currents around him with ki to produce powerful shockwaves in order to strike the opponent.
- Justice Finishing Pose - Fighting Poses used while as the Great Saiyaman.
- Telekinesis - A technique that allows the user to manipulate objects and other people with the power of one's mind.
- Full-Nelson - The technique consists of the user putting their arms over their opponent's shoulders by going under the arm pits, making the opponent unable to move as freely as usual.
- Justice Punch - Gohan performs a Victory Uppercut followed by a Super-Hero Punch.
- Explosive Combination - First, Gohan shouts "Here I come!" as he punches the opponent in their stomach. Then, he punches the opponent up into the air and moves behind them to backflip kick them down on their shoulder. Finally, Gohan flips back up on his feet and puts both of his hands forward to blast the opponent away with a blue energy wave, inflicting a huge amount of damage.
- Super Explosive Wave - The user stands charging energy around their body, then they explode with a gigantic energy sphere around their body.
- Ultimate Knuckle - A single punch with the back of the user's fist used to stun an opponent.
- Healing - In the manga, due to being a disciple of two Supreme Kais, Gohan possess the ability to heal people, restoring them to perfect health and full stamina even from the brink of death. However, he has yet to perform this ability.
- Super Strength - Gohan blocks one of the opponent's attacks and upward kicks them in the chin, stunning them. Gohan then finishes the attack by landing a strong punch to the opponent's stomach, inflicting a large amount of damage.
- Burst Rush - Gohan charges at the opponent, elbows them in the chin, and punches them in the stomach. He then hook kicks them, and kicks them up into the air. Then, he flies up into the air and attacks the opponent with a punch to the face, another punch to gut, and a roundhouse kick to the jaw, knocking them further up into the air. Next, he flies up and appears above the opponent to backhand punch them down to the ground, forcing the opponent to land on their hands and knees to recover from the bone-crushing blows.
- I'm Here to Kill You - As he says either "I'll make you pay" or "I'm here to kill you", Gohan kicks his opponent in the stomach. Next, he does a 360 spin, kicking the opponent in the neck. Last, Gohan moves behind the opponent and knocks him down to the ground with a left hook, inflicting a huge amount of damage.
- Power up to the Very Limit - A technique which allows the user to instantly regain all of their ki.
- Great Saiyaman Beam - A orange finger beam Gohan created for use as the Great Saiyaman.
- Unnamed combo attack with Goten - Gohan and Goten circle around their opponent at rapid speeds, creating a wall of red to trap them, they then bombarde their opponent with sharp energy blasts, who will have difficulty hitting them back to them becoming undetectable. Used against Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT whilst they were under the control of Baby and a Tuffle parasite.
- Sonic Kick - A Flying Kick technique originally used by his mentor Piccolo which Great Saiyaman uses as a Super Skill in Xenoverse 2.
- Full Power Energy Blast Volley - The user fires flurries of large, bright ki blasts that is more powerful than the average energy volley. It is useful for quick, effective, as well as causing massive accumulations of damage to the foes. The difference with the Full Power Energy Barrage Wave is that the user does not move his hands while firing it. The waves themselves just chase the opponent.
- Tenma Defense - Gohan charges his ki and lets forth a large white barrier to either knock away opponents or deflect attacks.
- Continuous Energy Bullet - The user usually brings their arms to their sides, charges up ki, and then he throws his hands forward one after another as he rapidly fires many energy blasts.
- Swordsmanship - During his survival training under Piccolo, Gohan learned to wield the sword that Piccolo had created for him using Magic Materialization in self defense and hunting. During his training under Shin, Gohan removed the legendary Z Sword from its resting place which he was eventually able to wield after getting used to its immense weight. He can also wield the Z Sword in some video games such as Supersonic Warriors 2, Dragon Ball Heroes, and World Mission.
- Z-Sword Slash (ゼットソードスラッシュ) – An attack named Z Sword Slash in Dragon Ball Heroes, while it was officially localized as Z-Sword Slash in World Mission. Gohan jumps into the air and slashes the opponent with the Z Sword when he lands. In World Mission, it appears as the Super Attack for the SH4-CP1 Supreme Kai Apprentice Gohan (Adult) card.
- Persuasion - A user of persuasion are incredibly persuasive and are able to bring anyone to understand and feel for there viewpoint, and can convince others of virtually anything.
- Great Ape
Main article: Great Ape
This transformation occurs when a person with Saiyan heritage (and with a tail) absorbs enough blutz waves through the eyes, usually from looking at a full moon. This stimulates a gland in the tail, enabling a seemingly unavoidable transformation. In this form, Gohan's capacities increase 10 fold. Because Gohan never had any proper training, Gohan loses all form of mental control, becoming a primal beast. However, during his fight against Vegeta, Goku's words were able to reach Gohan enough to regain some of his rational thought and focus on his real enemy. Gohan only transforms into this state three times throughout the series as ultimately, his tail was permanently removed. Gohan is the only known Saiyan/Human hybrid to ever achieve this transformation, due to having been born with a Saiyan tail.
- Unlock Potential
Main article: Unlock Potential
Unlock Potential as a state of self-enhancement to focus he full extent of their current capacities. Gohan acquired it while on Planet Namek from Guru, who noted that Gohan's capacities were by far the greatest he had ever seen. Gohan's abilities were all greatly enhanced, and as a side effect, continuously grew at noticeably faster rates with each battle, as noted by Vegeta. This awakening made Gohan's power increase tens of fold, making him equal to Vegeta's strength when the latter appeared on Earth. This, however, only appeared to release his initial potential as still only through moments of extreme emotion could he manifest all of his power.
Much later Old Kai uses his unlock ability to bring out the full extent of Gohan's dormant power. This powered up Gohan is still able to become a Super Saiyan and Super Saiyan 2, and also became capable of taking on a form called Potential Unleashed - which released his power to beyond it's limits. On one occasion Gohan was referred to as "Ultimate Gohan" while in this state even without being in his Potential Unleashed form.
- Super Saiyan
Main article: Super Saiyan
Gohan became a Super Saiyan at nine years of age (ten if including the months spent in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber), during the intense training he endured with his father to help him ascend. At the time, Gohan was the youngest to appear as a Super Saiyan until the appearance of his brother, Goten, who accesses the state effortlessly at seven years old. In this state, his capacities are increased either 10 fold or 50 fold. In this state, his musculature grows more defined, while his eyes become sterner and green, and his hair turns blond while standing up more with no loose strands. His energy is manifested as a golden aura. After Gohan had his potential unlocked by Old Kai, Gohan would rarely use this or any higher form, due his base state's power already being well-beyond the previous limits that Super Saiyan alone would provide. However, doing so still increases his power as proportionally as previously.
During Gohan's first appearance as a superhero, he used this form to lessen chances of people recognizing him. He became known as the Gold Fighter by the residents of Satan City, until he adopted a new gimmick of Great Saiyaman. Later, Gohan uses this form again during the return of Frieza to defeat Ginyu in Tagoma's body (in the anime while defeating Shisami in the manga/movie) to compensate for his lack of training in recent years, letting him access virtually his previously level of power.
Super Saiyan Gohan was initially going to make his debut appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu prior to his first appearance in the manga. He was cut from the game but can still be found in-game files.
- Super Saiyan Full Power
Main article: Super Saiyan Full Power
Gohan is one of the first to gain full mastery over Super Saiyan. After Goku noted the inherit weakness of transforming, a reduction in stamina and ki, Gohan learned to perfect this form with his father. By working to remain transformed for extended periods of time, Gohan and his father gradually learned to overcome the transformation's drawback to feel as natural in this form as their base state. This mastery of Super Saiyan enables full control over the energy output and consumption, completely diminishing strain on the body, even while constantly maintaining maximum power for. It also has causes no affect to Gohan's emotional nature and subsequently gives of a pure energy that attracts wildlife.
During Frieza's revenge, despite still able to access Super Saiyan, reduction in performance from lack of training left Gohan only able to maintain Super Saiyan at its base level and only for brief periods of time. Despite his decline in conditioning and stamina, his power proved great enough in this form to signal Goku from Beerus' planet. Later, he retrained with Piccolo to become properly conditioned again and use this form as freely as ever. The power was shown off more during his battle with Lavender, even while blind Gohan is able to use the ki he gives off like a radar, allowing Gohan to fight and overwhelm Lavender in this state, even while dying and his body rotting from poison.
- Super Saiyan 2
Main article: Super Saiyan 2
Gohan was the first and the youngest to reach Super Saiyan 2, achieving it at the age of 9. This occurred when a larger portion of his dormant power was awakened in rage from Perfect Cell killing the peaceful Android 16 (though in an anime-only flashback, Gohan had already instinctively stumbled upon it while training with Goku in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber). While in this form, Gohan's muscle mass increases slightly and hair stands straight up and spikier with the exception of one lock that hangs down. Also, his aura is surrounded by repeated flashes of blue electricity. Originally, so new with this massive boost of power, it warped Gohan's attitude, giving him an almost sadistic sense of mind as he wanted to make Cell suffer for his evil actions, whereas before Gohan was a pacifist to a fault who didn't want to hurt the villainous Cell.
As an adult during, despite his lack of increased might since defeating Cell, Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 power left Shin and Kibito in awe. His power also proved able to push Majin Buu's resurrection over half way. Later, Super Saiyan 2 allowed Gohan to free the Z Sword from its stand and lift it when all Supreme Kais failed before. After training with the Z Sword, Shin believes Super Saiyan 2 Gohan can beat Majin Buu.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Towa's dark magic awakens Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 power instead, thus making Gohan slowly start to become corrupted. This is most noticed by Gohan letting out an evil laugh after saying he has to make Cell suffer. Goku takes notice and even Trunks notices that Gohan's energy is different. Gohan returns to normal, after Towa and Mira are both driven off.
- Great Saiyaman
The Great Saiyaman (グレートサイヤマン Gurēto Saiyaman) is Gohan's transformation alter ego and an attempt to hide his true identity from his classmates when he attended school in Satan City. The Great Saiyaman was first born when Gohan transformed himself into a Super Saiyan in order to disguise himself as he fought some bank robbers on the morning on his first day to school. However, his classmates (and in particular, Videl) began to note strange similarities between himself and the mysterious "Gold Fighter" (as they described his Super Saiyan form). Concerned that his identity might be figured out, but wanting to protect the city from random crime, he approached Bulma and asked her if she could invent a device that could instantly change his appearance. With his new costume ready and easily accessible with the press of a button, he could now protect the city without his identity being easily discovered. When Gohan becomes a Super Saiyan as Great Saiyaman, he is referred to as "Super Great Saiyaman".
Despite the new disguise and protection of his identity being discovered, the Great Saiyaman identity still did not ensure Gohan's identity from being safe. Juggling between his school and superhero life proved to be difficult, and his classmates and teachers noticed that he was gone for a long period of time when he asked for bathroom breaks. Also, Videl proved to be a thorn in Gohan's side, as she was both reluctant to accept assistance from him and most importantly wanted to discover his true identity. At one time, the Great Saiyaman's true identity was in jeopardy of being discovered when he changed from being the Great Saiyaman to his normal form and noticed that his classmate Angela was standing in front of him during his change; however, he was saved when she revealed that she did not have her contact lenses on at that time and could not see anything, and that her big secret about Gohan was the fact that he wears teddy bear underwear. Gohan's luck ran out when Videl eventually discovered his true identity, agreeing to keep it a secretly only if he agreed to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament and to teach her how to fly, to which he reluctantly agreed. After the demise of Kid Buu, Gohan continued to fight crime as the Great Saiyaman alongside Videl, who now had the identity of Great Saiyaman 2; nonetheless, he eventually retired from heroics to become a scholar.
All Great Saiyaman costumes were made by Bulma. The costume initially consists of a green tunic, black tights, white gloves and boots similar to those used in Battle Armor uniform, a red cape, and an orange-and-black helmet with a visor. Because the rules of the World Martial Arts Tournament forbid any type of armor, Gohan swapped out the helmet in favor of a white bandana and sunglasses, similar to the hero of the 1960s TV show Kaiketsu Harimao. He maintained the sunglasses and bandana look for the Saiyaman identity after the defeat of Kid Buu, and subsequently abandoned the red cape. In Dragon Ball Super, Gohan went back to wearing his helmet and cape again. The name "Saiyaman" is a reference to Gohan's Saiyan heritage. He thought up the name on the spot while confronting two youths who were speeding in a car, and was easily offended when they laughed at his name. Later, the name was frequently mistaken for others, such as the "Great Soyman" or the "Great Singing man", which further aggravated Gohan however over the years this issue has resolved itself as Great Saiyaman is now known worldwide as a superhero. He was also noted for his comical poses (comparable to or even more ridiculous than the poses of the Ginyu Force) he would perform when introducing himself, and was generally written off as hilarious or weird. Nonetheless, he was still a respected hero within Satan City. While in this disguise, Gohan still uses his energy-based techniques. Recently, Gohan has begun to use other attacks and transformations as well during his battles with Watagash. He adopted an orange finger beam he calls the Great Saiyaman Beam. He also begun to use his Super Saiyan form as well if situations called for it, opting to go with what the film director called it his "Super Great Saiyaman" form.
- Potential Unleashed
This power up was achieved by a special ceremony performed by Old Kai. In addition to Old Kai's Unlock Ability granting Gohan full access to all his developed capacities, Gohan is capable of pushing his power well-past those levels via his Potential Unleashed state. This power-up is when the full extent of his dormant capacities are released. This state looks identical to his base state, but with the addition of a lock of hair hanging down over his forehead in the anime. Once accessing his Unlocked power, Gohan's subtle differences are present to his appearances, including more pronounced facial features including sterner eyes, and is able to manifest a large white aura. Gohan is also referred to as Ultimate Gohan (アルティメット悟飯 Arutimetto Gohan) in this state. He is also known as Mightiest Warrior and Strongest Warrior in this state. In Super Hero there is a more notable difference between his base and Ultimate states, with Ultimate giving him black Super Saiyan-style hair.
Despite this ability giving Gohan constant access to his most developed capacities, he still requires regular training to properly access this state and thus becomes weaker over time with lack of training like any other.
With Potential Unleashed, he could easily overwhelm Super Buu, and hold his own against Super Buu (Gotenks absorbed). In the Dragon Ball Super anime, after Gohan resumed training with Piccolo and reached a higher understanding of his powers, his abilities evolved to such a level that he could rival Super Saiyan Blue Goku in a short fight, with him requesting his father further amplify his power via Kaio-Ken, albeit this let Goku defeat Gohan instantly. In the manga with his full power he could match Super Saiyan Kefla (who was not at her full potential) - though was noted to be weaker than Goku, with Krillin wondering if Gohan could surpass Goku by devoting himself to training.
Gohan doesn't possess his Potential Unleashed state in Dragon Ball GT.
- Potential Unleashed Super Saiyan
While rarely doing so, Gohan can utilize his Super Saiyan form on top of his Potential Unleashed state. In the original release of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Gohan transformed into Potential Unleashed Super Saiyan to fight Beerus, though this was removed from the final movie.
In the anime, as Gohan noted to Goku, he made a conscious choice to avoid using Super Saiyan forms as he is aiming for a different ultimate form. In the manga, he notes that he chose not to use the Super Saiyan form as there would be no point since he has chosen to grow more from his human side.
During the events of the Baby Saga in Dragon Ball GT, Gohan is possessed by Baby, and then later by a regular Tuffle parasite. While under Baby's control he is named Baby Gohan. In this state he becomes part Tuffle and is much more malicious, especially to Goku for being a Saiyan. While retaining all his original memories and individuality, he sees himself no longer as part human or Saiyan, but rather proudly considers himself a Tuffle. This dark influence also causes his energy blasts to become red.
This state of Gohan makes its debut for the first time as a playable character in Dragon Ball Heroes, in both its base and Super Saiyan forms. It also appears as a playable character in Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle in both forms.
Brainwashed Great Ape Gohan was added as a boss in God Mission 7 of Dragon Ball Heroes. In this state Great Ape Gohan gains a purple aura and red eyes.
- Time Breaker Mind Controlled
Main articles: Time Breaker mind control and Great Ape In Dragon Ball Online, Great Ape Gohan is placed under Time Breaker Mind Control by the Masked Saiyan using a special device. In this form like the Great Ape Masked Saiyan, Great Ape Gohan has a green Time Breaker mind control gem attached to his forehead and red eyes.
- Golden Great Ape
Main article: Golden Great ApeGolden Great Ape Gohan was initially going to make an appearance in Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu. He was cut from the game but can still be found in-game files.
- Possessed by Janemba
In Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai, after travelling into the future, Teen Gohan is consumed by blind rage when taunted by Cell about the mistakes that he made and tainted by Janemba's influence, he transforms into a Super Saiyan 2 and gains a power boost enough to easily destroy Super Perfect Cell (who had previously beaten Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks - though he was messing around - thanks to a Saiyan Power boost). Like anyone else who is overtaken by evil energy, Gohan starts to transform into Janemba and begins to forget his friends and family, however he is freed from Janemba's influence by Goku, who manages to snap him out of his blind rage.
- Super Saiyan 3
Main article: Super Saiyan 3
Gohan attains this form in Dragon Ball Heroes, where it was introduced in God Mission 4. Like his future counterpart, Gohan's Super Saiyan 3 form possesses two hair bangs instead of just one unlike his father. The version of Gohan who appears using the form wears a copy of the version of Piccolo's outfit he wore in the Cell Games. He also attains a more powerful variant of the Hyper Masenko.
This transformation is a result of what would've happened if Gohan continued to train under Piccolo in the years following the Cell Games.
In World Mission, this form is playable via the PUMS3-23 Super Saiyan 3 Gohan (Adult) card.
- Villainous Mode
Main article: Villainous Mode
- Super Saiyan 4
Main article: Super Saiyan 4
Gohan achieves this form in Dragon Ball Heroes during God Mission 5. In this form, Gohan's hair grows identically to Goku's and Vegeta's and he has his bang back (although in the same position he has during the Ultimate state). Red fur appears covering the upper part of his body and he wears dyed purple pants with Piccolo's shoes. He also gains a new technique called Ultimate Soaring Dragon Strike, which he punches the opponent and then he launches an uppercut with an image of a dragon hitting the opponent very fast. In this state Gohan's power is overwhelming to the point where Gohan actually loses control of himself at times and can't properly control the power. A full power Kamehameha (which are purple colored in this state) from Gohan requires the full power of Goku's x10 Kamehameha and Vegeta's Final Shine Attack to overpower and not destroy the Earth.
In World Mission, Super Saiyan 4 appears as a form for Gohan (GT) via his PUMS2-25, SH1-GCP3, and UM1-60 cards. Additionally there is an Giga CAA Special Ability that can be equipped to any Gohan (Kid/Teen/Adult/GT) and/or Great Saiyaman card (official or custom) to transform into Super Saiyan 4 Gohan when it is equipped via the Custom Deck or added to a custom card through Card Creation.
- EX Gohanks
Main article: Kuhan The EX-Fusion between young Gohan and young Goku. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Krigohan The EX-Fusion between young Gohan and Krillin. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Colohan The EX-Fusion between Adolescent Gohan and Piccolo. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Great Saiyaman #12
Main article: Great Saiyaman 12 The EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and The Great Saiyaman 2. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
Main article: Ginyuman The EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and Captain Ginyu. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Great Jaco
Main article: Great Jaco The EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and Jaco. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Great Satanman
Main article: Great SatanmanThe EX-Fusion between the Great Saiyaman and Mr. Satan. This form debuts and appears only in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Power Pole - A magical, length-changing staff. In Dokkan Battle, Gohan wields a Journey to the West style Power Pole as his Super Attack for his Brazen Courage Gohan (Kid) card.
- Gohan's Sword - A sword that Gohan uses briefly during his training with Piccolo.
- Senzu Bean - Mystical beans with immense rejuvenation properties.
- Flying Nimbus - A magical, yellow cloud that serves as a way of transportation.
- Great Saiyaman Watch - A device used to instantly change into the Great Saiyaman Suit.
- Z Sword - An ancient and extremely heavy sword that was embedded in the Z Sword Plateau at the Sacred World of the Kai.
- Groundbreaking Science - A book written by Gohan in Dragon Ball Online that gave an understanding of ki usage to the general public, thus opening up a worldwide interest in martial arts and fighting.
- Artificial Saiyan Tail - A prosthetic tail modelled after Gohan's Saiyan Tail which resembles the artificial tail that Bulma made for his father Goku. Used by Gohan to fish with like his father taught him after his original tail was removed by Piccolo in Kakarot. Unlike Goku's makeshift tail, the origin of Gohan's is unexplained, as Goku retains his makeshift tail upon returning from Other World.
Appearances in other media
Gohan is used in eye drops commercials and Dragon Ball Z school supply commercials, which is a part of the Dragon Ball series' good influence on education and is one of their reach outs. He has also been used in promotional merchandising at fast-food chain Burger King.
Collectible cards, such as the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game, have featured Gohan frequently, and he also appears in almost every Dragon Ball Z video game.
Gohan also appears in the 2010 live action battle show Dragon Ball Kai: Super Battle Stage, which is loosely based on the 1993 movie Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan.
Video Game Appearances
Gohan is playable in almost every Dragon Ball video game. He appears in the trailers of Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi, seen in the Saiyan and Frieza Sagas of the game.
Alongside Videl, Adult Gohan appears as a Master in both Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 whom each of the games' Future Warriors can train under. Gohan & Videl are unique among the masters in both games in that they train the warriors as a team. The skills they teach are ones primarily used by Videl/Great Saiyaman 2 or Great Saiyaman. In Xenoverse 2, Kid Gohan appears as a Master as well and teaches the Future Warrior his skills such as the Masenko.
In the Satan House time rift anomaly in Xenoverse 2, Great Saiyaman 1 & 2 defend Satan City and the Earth as members of the Saiya Squad. They manage to recruit the assistance of Galactic Patrolman Jaco who had become stranded on Earth and needs their help in repairing his spaceship. The Future Warrior can join them in protecting the peace as Great Saiyaman 3 (Saiyanoob in the Funimation dub) allowing them to train with the Jaco and the Saiya Squad. The Saiya Squad fights to defend Earth against the likes of the Ginyu Force, Saibamen, Cell, Super Buu, and Shadow Dragons. The Saiya Squad also help rescue KO'd civilians (who actually undercover Time Patrollers investigating the rift) from Saibamen, retrieve spaceship parts for Jaco, and help Pan retrieve Giru's parts from Planet Tuffle in order to repair him.
If the Warrior is an Earthling, the Saiya Squad will help the Warrior unlock their Power Pole Pro Awoken Skill transformation. After testing the Warrior alongside Great Saiyaman 2, Great Saiyaman reveals he had gotten help from his father, who asked Gohan to give them to the Warrior after hearing about their exploits to aid them in battle.
Additionally, Great Saiyaman 1 & 2 from a Time Fragment timeline appear in the Resort District to enlist the aid of the Time Patrol which unlocks a Parallel Quest.
In Dragon Ball Fusions, after learning how to recruit more teammates from Master Roshi, Tekka's Team can find Teen Gohan (known as Young Gohan in Dragon Ball Fusions) in Satan City. Pan, Goten, and Kid Trunks are surprised to encounter the younger Gohan, who is equally surprised to meet his future daughter, brother, and Kid Goku. Pan finds her father's younger self to be cute. They ask Gohan if he would be willing to join their team, but he explains that he is busy hunting down a mysterious fighter who is draining energy from fighters in the Timespace Tournament, so Tekka's team decide to help him gather enough energy (which is used to break barriers and as currency in the Timespace Rift) to lure out the person responsible. Eventually they find that Meta-Cooler is the one who has been stealing energy and defeat him. After Meta-Cooler's defeat, Teen Gohan joins Tekka's team and appears in the Team's Spaceship (allowing him to be selected as a playable character). Additionally, Adult Gohan and Great Saiyaman appears as well (as separate playable characters). Teen Gohan, Adult Gohan, and Great Saiyaman can also fuse with several different characters via EX-Fusion.
In Dragon Ball FighterZ, Teen and Adult Gohan appear as playable characters though only Adult Gohan appears in the story. Adult Gohan (as a Great Saiyaman) is also an assist character for the DLC character Videl, thus making him one of the two characters who are both assist characters for certain fighters, and playable fighters (the first being Android 17, who is also an assist for Android 18). Gohan has regained the use of his Potential Unleashed state, though he admits he is still rusty and the revived Cell is shown to be disappointed by his lack of power which is made worse by the power suppressing waves though he is still strong enough to be effected. During special conversation between Gohan, Goku, and Piccolo, he worries he might be burden causing Goku to suggest they use Fusion Dance though Piccolo reminds them they'd both need to practice first causing Gohan to admit he was disappointed as he wanted to try the cool Fusion Dance poses to Piccolo's shock who notes to himself that Gohan is definitely Goku's son if he thinks Fusion Dance is cool. Goku suggests they practice fusion after the battle and even wonders what to name their fusion. In another conversation with Good Buu while confronting a Clone Buu, Gohan doubts it was cloned directly from Kid Buu's cells as Kid Buu would have regenerated were that case suggesting it was cloned from Good Buu who's genetic offspring are known to carry Kid Buu's genetic legacy via the Pure Majin form, which all the Clone Buu's possess by default.
In 1993, Gohan placed first in an official Shonen Jump character popularity poll; the closest Dragon Ball character to rank behind him, Goku, took fifth. Due to the popularity of Gohan, other merchandise, such as action figures, video games, and clothing have featured Gohan in Japan and in various countries around the world. In an interview featured in the second Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File, a companion book released in December 1997 by Shueisha's Jump Comics Selection imprint, Masako Nozawa, Gohan's voice actor, stated that her favorite episode voicing Gohan was "Sorry, Robot-san - The Desert of Vanishing Tears", an episode originally cut from the American release of Dragon Ball Z. Saffron Henderson, Gohan's original Ocean Group voice actor, has stated she felt protective of the role and considers it to be one of her favorites.
Gohan ranked first on The Artifice writer Santiago Rashad's list "Top Ten Misused Dragon Ball Characters". Rashad argued that the character's role in the series had suffered from the backlash by fans not wanting him to become the protagonist following his defeat of Cell as he expressed: "He was never accepted by the fans, and thus the show that was meant to be his never became his. His story became the b-plot and he was relegated to being a relief pitcher after being the clutch closer for Cell." Calling Gohan "the guy—for all of the conclusion of the Cell Arc", Rashad mentioned his role in the films, but stressed that "for whatever reason he was never deemed fit for the throne that was all but forced upon him."
IGN's writer, D. F. Smith, liked how during the Cell Games Gohan has more screentime than Goku, and praised his scenes as one the biggest moments from such story arc. Theron Martin from Anime News Network celebrated Gohan's development in the Cell Games as he has grown up and has become stronger.
List of characters killed by Gohan
- When Chapter 196 first ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Son Gohan was introduced as three years old. However, this would immediately be contradicted in Chapter 197, where Gohan reintroduces himself to the reader as four years old in the title page. While it is possible that Gohan's introduction as three is simply a mistake on the part of Akira Toriyama, this is unlikely, as in that same chapter, Gohan clearly holds up three fingers when proclaiming his age. His age is nonetheless changed to four in the Tankōbon release of Volume 17, and the anime followed suit, claiming that Gohan was four, and changed the scene so that he holds up four fingers instead.
- The name "Gohan" is a homophone for gohan (御飯), the Japanese word for "cooked rice" which also refers to meals in general, which continues Akira Toriyama's food naming pun diagram. In Mandarin, the reading of 悟飯 is a homophone for 午飯 (wǔfàn), meaning "lunch". As a result, in a similar vein to his father's name, Gohan's name in pinyin/Mandarin is read as "Sun Wufan", which in both Chinese and Japanese literally mean "Grandson Awakened to Rice/Perceiving Rice".
- Gohan's hobbies are reading, fishing, and research.
- Gohan will eat anything.
- Gohan's favorite vehicle is a house wagon.
- Gohan has killed every member of the Spice Boys.
- In the Funimation dub, Gohan was originally intended to be named either Einstein or Archimedes by Chi-Chi. Alternatively, some of Ox-King's name suggestions included "Ox-King Jr.", "Ox-Monkey", "Big Ox", "Oxford", "Ox in the Box", "Ox-Man" and "Johnny Oxseed".
- In the Japanese version, Ox-King's name ideas include "Gyumataro", "Gyumahiko", "Doctor Gyuma", "Gyumanosuke", "Gyumashin", "Gyumantohihi", and "Gyumasuki".
- Gohan's tail is cut off four times in the anime (twice by Piccolo, once by Vegeta, and once by Goku) before it stops growing back. Piccolo removing it for the second time (along with the transformation that accompanied it) was anime-only filler where the space pod Goku flew in, which was in the mountains before being found by a nearby Grandpa Gohan, appears in the middle of a desert. This is considered to be one of the biggest plot holes in Toei's anime series by fans.
- Consecutively, Gohan has stayed transformed the longest as a Super Saiyan/Super Saiyan 2, clocking up a total of 29 episodes. Gohan is also the character who goes through the most character design and costume changes.
- In the anime during the Cell Saga, Gohan has a dream about Cell killing Chi-Chi and Piccolo inside the Hyperbolic Time Chamber; However, he previously stated to his father that he did not know what Cell looked like when Goku asked him to imagine Cell killing all his friends so he can achieve Super Saiyan form for the first time.
- In the English version of Dr. Slump, there is a reference to Gohan's alter ego superhero, Great Saiyaman, in the chapter "Here Comes Arale!" The movie which Senbei Norimaki and Aoi Kimidori see and which was originally titled "Nekotoraman vs. Nekotora-7" (a reference to Ultraman and Ultra Seven) in the Japanese version, and is renamed "Tigerman versus Saiyaman" in the English translation.
- In volume 1 of the Dragon Ball Z manga, Piccolo refers to Raditz as "Raggedy Saiyaman". Saiyaman is what Gohan calls his superhero self.
- Gohan is the only partial Saiyan to be seen with a tail. Akira Toriyama stated that tails on a hybrid Saiyan is a recessive trait.
- However, Toriyama recently revealed in an interview that he decided to get rid of Saiyan tails as he couldn't figure out how Saiyans would dress themselves with the tails on and these minutia annoyed him to no end. Thus this is presumably one of the reasons why Saiyan hybrids born after Gohan and the pure blood Saiyans of Universe 6, lack tails entirely.
- In both manga (Chapter 426) and anime (Episode 205), Gohan was talking to the audience (breaking the fourth wall) about Krillin letting his hair grow out after the Cell Games.
- Gohan is the first hybrid Saiyan to appear in the series.
- He and his counterpart Xeno Gohan are also the only hybrid Saiyan to transform into a Super Saiyan 4 in the franchise.
- However originally the developers for Dragon Ball Heroes intended to have Xeno Trunks acquire Super Saiyan 4, however the idea was scrapped in favor of giving Xeno Trunks Super Saiyan God as they couldn't decide on what color Super Saiyan 4 Xeno Trunks' hair (lavender vs black) would be, while the red hair of Super Saiyan God was far easier to implement.
- He and his counterpart Xeno Gohan are also the only hybrid Saiyan to transform into a Super Saiyan 4 in the franchise.
- Like his father, wife, and father-in-law, Gohan is a Martial Arts Champion as he is the true winner of the Cell Games. However unlike them he has never won a tournament officially (as Mr. Satan officially took credit for Gohan's defeat of Cell). Goku won the 23rd World Tournament, while Mr. Satan won the 24th World Tournament after the Cell Games (which is implied to have been won legitimately) as well as countless others (albeit rigged), and Videl is was the first Junior World Champion which she won at the 24th World Tournament which was the first World Tournament to feature a Junior Division.
- In Xenoverse 2, Teen Gohan has special dialog with Bojack where you can hear Adult Gohan's voice instead of Teen Gohan's.
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