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"Horrifying Buyon" (どうするくう!!せんりつのブヨン Dō Suru Gokū!! Senritsu no Buyon, lit. "Now What, Goku!! The Hair-Raising Buyon") is the twelfth episode of the Red Ribbon Army Saga and the fortieth episode in the Dragon Ball series. This episode first aired in Japan on November 26, 1986. Its original American airdate was February 26, 2002.



General White smirking while Goku and Android 8 are confronted by Buyon

Goku and Android 8 fall into a room with nothing in it except skeletons. General White tells Goku to hand over the Dragon Radar and the Dragon Ball. Goku refuses, so General White closes the hatch in the ceiling. A wall opens up and they see a huge monster eating some food. The monster is Buyon. In Jingle Village, Suno finds a small animal under her bed and returns it to its parents.


Goku dodging while the tongue reaches Android 8

Back on the Muscle Tower, Goku attacks the monster Buyon and is bounced back from the monster's body. Goku then fires a Kamehameha, but it bounces off Buyon's body as well. Eventually, Goku gets an idea and punches a hole in the wall and icy winds come in. Goku gets cold and goes into Android 8's jacket for warmth, while they wait it out. Buyon then gets very cold and becomes covered in ice. Goku gets out of Android 8's jacket and kicks Buyon. After Goku kicks him, Buyon shatters into many pieces. Goku then jumps up back to General White's floor and makes his Power Pole extend, so Android 8 can go up with him. When they both are up safely, Goku tells him that they better release the Jingle Village Chief.

Major Events[]

  • Goku battles and defeats Buyon.


  • Goku vs. Buyon






Differences from the Manga[]

  • Buyon is shown eating the remains of animals in the anime before he steps out to fight Goku unlike in the manga.
  • The scene with Suno at her home and her finding a small group of furry animals in her bedroom is exclusive to the anime.


  • Goku should have been able to jump up to the trap door using his skills gained from training with Master Roshi, as seen in "The Tournament Begins", "Danger From Above", and the end of this very episode when he smashes up to the sixth floor.
  • The monster that Suno's father mentioned previously was probably referring to Buyon and not the docile Android 8 as previously thought.
  • In the original Japanese broadcast, the first 15 seconds of the next episode preview were devoted to next week's show, and the other 15 seconds were devoted to a movie ticket lottery drawing for Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (Released in theaters on December 20, 1986). This preview was not included in the Dragon Box. Instead, the preview used was the rerun version for the next normal episode, "The Fall of Muscle Tower". The way this contest worked was that this was a chance for a lucky participant to be among 1,000 people of 500 groups invited to the premiere of a particular Dragon Ball film for free. Viewers were shown an address to send their information to for their chance to win free tickets. This particular variant of this preview continued occasionally up until the release of Dragon Ball: The Path to Power in 1996.


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