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Headbutt (全力頭突き Zutsuki[1], lit. "Full Power Headbutt") is a physical attack used several times in the Dragon Ball series.


Goku headbutts Tien

Goku uses headbutts several times in the series. Notably, he uses the attack combined with a reverse Kamehameha during his match against Tien Shinhan in the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament. He also uses a headbutt to defeat Piccolo and win 23th World Martial Arts Tournament. Hero performs headbutts earlier in the tournament, to defeat Yajirobe and later during his match against Yamcha. In the latter case, he did it in reverse in order to have it appear as if it were an accident due to him appearing to have ducked to avoid a high kick from Yamcha, due to hitting the groin being a disqualifiable offense.[2]

Arale Norimaki uses it to defeat General Blue in Dragon Ball. She lunges upward at her airborne target, headbutting the foe in the torso with very powerful force. This technique is capable of sending the average person flying for hundreds of miles. Her teacher Daigoro Kurigashira has a headbutt technique called Headbutt of Love, which he often uses to discipline misbehaving students.

Krillin uses a headbutt to defeat Paul and impress his sister Mint, while he was at the Popo Poco Volcano village.[3] Krillin later uses the technique against Cell during the Imperfect Cell Saga, when he struggles to save Tommy and his sister from the monster.[4]

Chiaotzu headbutts Guldo

During their battle at Garlic Jr.'s fortress, Garlic Jr. headbutts Kami in the stomach before blasting him at point-blank range.[5] Gohan uses it as part of the "Leave My Daddy Alone!" technique he uses against his uncle, Raditz. Chiaotzu uses it to send Guldo back to Hell while he was fighting him on King Kai's Planet. Zarbon uses headbutts as part of his Monster's Impact technique.

Frieza, Cell, and the Cell Juniors use a flying variant. Frieza uses this attack against Vegeta and later against Goku during their battle on Namek,[6] and Cell uses it against Super Saiyan Goku during the Cell Games.

Gotenks clashes with Buu

During his battle against the Dragon Team, Dr. Wheelo headbutts Piccolo after the latter attacked him with his Scatter Shot, and he also uses the attack as part of his Gigantic Bomber technique.[7] Rasin uses a diving headbutt on Chiaotzu, sending the short Z Fighter away, when they start their battle.[8] Android 19 uses several headbutt attacks, beginning in his first appearance on Sasebo with a headbutt on a civilian, and later against Vegeta before the Saiyan counters with his Amazing Impact rush. Android 18 uses a flying headbutt during her battle against Vegeta on the Mountain Road after the latter tried to blast her with the Big Bang Attack. Shortly later, after Android 18 punched Vegeta hard in the face, Vegeta headbutts her in the gut, punches her into a mountain, and shoots a powerful Ki Blast blowing up the mountain. Perfect Cell headbutts Future Trunks during their battle on the Tropical Islands.[9] Android 13 attacks Goku with a powerful headbutt during their battle on the Glacier.[10] Bojack uses a powerful headbutt as part of his Galactic Tyrant combo.[11] In the Babidi Saga, Vegeta uses it during his battle against Goku at the Rocky Canyon.[12]

Kid Buu headbutts Vegeta

Goten uses it as part of his Assault! during the final of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament against Trunks. Gotenks uses this technique against Super Buu, and he also uses a headbutt as part of his Boar Attack. A few years later, Goten and Trunks accidentally headbutt each other while fighting the evil brothers Abo and Kado on Earth.[13]

Vegeta headbutts Granolah

In Granolah the Survivor Saga, Ultra Ego Vegeta delivers a headbutt to Granolah that is powerful enough to send him flying away though he is able to quickly regain balance.

Various other headbutts have been used in the series. In Dragon Ball GT, Bizu and Ribet perform flying headbutts on Goku,[14] Uub uses the attack against Baby Vegeta,[15] and Goku uses it against Nuova Shenron[16] and Omega Shenron.


Video Game Appearances

Arale uses this in J-Stars Victory Vs and as part of her Ultimate Blast, Playing Pro-Wrestling, in Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

It is one of Krillin's super attacks as an adult in Dragon Ball Z: Taiketsu, named Super Head-Butt and as a kid in Dragon Ball Heroes, where it is called Best Headbutt (全力頭突き Zenryoku Zutsuki; lit. "Full Power Headbutt").

Frieza and Cell are able to use their Flying Headbutt technique in the Butōden series, and Cell Jr. uses it in Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2.

Vegeta also uses the flying headbutt in Dragon Ball Z: Super Saiya Densetsu (when he attacks randomly) and Dragon Ball Z Arcade, and he uses headbutts as his grapple throw in the Butōden series.