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"I am the guard assigned to this floor. You must get past me to proceed upstairs."
Major Metallitron


Major Metallitron (メタリック軍曹 Metarikku Gunsō) is an android created by the Red Ribbon Army, and Goku's second challenge in the Muscle Tower.

Appearance

Metallitron's appearance and speech pattern suggest that he is likely based on the main antagonist of the 1984 film The Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is further evident when Goku says "You're back?", to which Metallitron responds "I'm back!" Also, one of the enemies based on him in Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden is even called Terminator.

Personality

Due to his android functions, Metallitron is very stoic and follows any given assignment to him with no hesitation, as his duty is to stop anyone from advancing past the third floor of the Muscle Tower, even if it means killing them. He does seem to be able to exhibit some emotions such as frustration while fighting Goku.

Biography

Dragon Ball

Background

Major Metallitron was one of the first successful Red Ribbon Androids created by the Red Ribbon Army scientist, Dr. Gero.

Red Ribbon Army Saga

Main article: Red Ribbon Army Saga

Major Metallitron prepares to fight Goku

Major Metallitron first appears when Goku is advancing through Muscle Tower to save the Jingle Village Chief. When Goku arrives on Metallitron's floor, General White orders Metallitron to kill Goku, which he proceeds to do by starting to squish Goku. However, Goku escapes from Metallitron's grasp. At one point, Goku accidentally blows off his head (and exposes a metal plate in his chest) using a Kamehameha, but even that does not stop Metallitron from continuing his rampage (though in the manga, he stops after a short time). Even without a head and eventually losing both wrists, he tries to repeatedly stomp Goku flat. Goku later impales him through the back with his Power Pole, and then headbutts through him, leaving a much larger hole. Despite the considerable damage done to his body, the major continues his assault on Goku, only stopping when his batteries (which had not been replaced since the previous spring) are drained of their energy. It is the first time in the series a villain is actually able to take a couple hits from Goku and a Kamehameha, and continue fighting.

Dragon Ball Heroes

Supreme Kai of Time Saga

Dragon Ball GT

Super 17 Saga

Main article: Super 17 Saga

Major Metallitron flying and using the Rocket Punch in GT

Metallitron appears again in Dragon Ball GT, escaping from Hell alongside other previously defeated antagonists. He is seen firing his Rocket Punch into a building, causing massive destruction, but is soon destroyed by a single kick from Pan. Shortly later, back in Hell, Metallitron is shown approaching Piccolo alongside General Blue, Nappa, and Staff Officer Black.

Film appearances

Mystical Adventure

Main article: Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure

Sergeant Metallitron in Mystical Adventure

Metallitron appears as one of Emperor Chiaotzu's soldiers. He takes part in Master Shen and General Tao's plan to take over the empire of Mifan. When the Mifan Army confront Bora and Upa as well as Goku and his friends at a local restaurant, Sergeant Metallitron enters and soon begins fighting against them. He easily smacks Krillin into a wall and withstands Launch's gunfire but when Goku kicks him it causes his head to fall off his shoulders though he re-attaches it shortly afterwards.

Later on after the alarm has sounded at Mifan Castle, the Mifan Army confront Goku and his friends. Krillin knocks Metallitron to the ground before he grabs a hold of Upa on Shen's orders. After Shen has been defeated by Tien Shinhan, Metallitron goes to kill Upa by smashing him off of the ground but before he is able to he is defeated by Goku flying through his stomach.

The Path to Power

Main article: Dragon Ball: The Path to Power

Major Metallitron redesigned

Major Metallitron appears again in Dragon Ball's 10th anniversary movie, this time heavily redesigned by Akira Toriyama. This version of the character is shown with dark skin and no hair.[1]

When Goku enters Muscle Tower, Major Metallitron commends him for getting so far but vows to not let him get any further. The two battle briefly until Goku lands a punch that causes the androids head to fall off and it is subsequently destroyed.

Super Hero

Main article: Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero

Other Dragon Ball Stories

Dokkan Battle

Main article: Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan BattleIn the dimensionally distorted Age ???, the Red Ribbon Army lead by Staff Officer Black and Dr. Gero begin mass production of Major Metallitrons to combat the Dragon Team, King Kai's Time Patrol, and other villainous factions invading Earth such as the Frieza Force and Organization of Babidi. The Time Patrol consisting of Future Trunks and his unseen partner (the player) encounter one of these Major Metallitrons in Area 10: "Red Ribbon Machinations". Later on more of them appear as common enemies alongside Red Ribbon Jet-copters, Hovercars, and Jetpack equipped Soldiers. However they are apparently inferior to Dr. Gero's numbered Androids such as Android 13, Android 14, Android 15, Android 16, Android 17, Android 18, Android 19, Android 20, Hell Fighter 17, Super Android 13, and Super 17. However Major Metallitrons are apparently much easier to mass produce, giving the army a supply of loyal Android Soldiers that are at least stronger than their non-Android soldiers.

Power

Manga and Anime

While not as powerful as many androids introduced later on in the series he was still able to give Goku some trouble, which led him to believe that Major Metallitron was strong enough to take part in the World Martial Arts Tournament. It is unknown if he could have defeated Goku, had his batteries not run out when they did.

Statements according to authors and guidebooks

He is the strongest warrior of Muscle Tower.[2]

The movie pamphlet for Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might states that Metallitron has a power level of 150.

Techniques and Special Abilities

  • 3D Scan Mode – A mode that allows for advanced scanning of enemies. Additionally, was capable of identifying alien species from Earthlings as it identified the Saiyan Goku as an alien (though due to the Red Ribbon Army's unfamiliarity with Saiyans at the time, Major Metallitron was unable to identify Goku's species beyond the fact it was alien to Earth).
  • Flight – Major Metallitron can fly, as seen in the Super 17 Saga of Dragon Ball GT.
  • Blaster – An energy beam fired from the left arm. Major Metallitron disconnects his left elbow to reveal a cannon inside his arm and fires a green energy wave at the opponent. Used in Dragon Ball: Origins 2.
  • Rocket Crush – Major Metallitron can fire his fist off his arm to strike the opponent. Named in the Dragon Ball Z Collectible Card Game.

Major Metallitron's Mouth Missile

Video Game Appearances

Major Metallitron in Advanced Adventure

Major Metallitron appears in Dragon Ball: Dragon Daihikyou, Dragon Ball: Shenron no Nazo, Dragon Ball 3: Gokuden, and Dragon Ball Z: Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen. He is both a boss and playable character in Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure, and he is a boss in Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo and in Dragon Ball: Origins 2.

In Sheron no Nazo, Major Metallitron appears as a boss in a story set after the Pilaf Saga, where Goku participates in a Kung Fu Tournament (not to be confused with the World Martial Arts Tournament). Goku defeats Krillin in his first match and confronts Major Metallitron in his second one. Goku wins and proceeds to fight Yamcha and Buyon in the finals.

Major Metallitron in Dragon Ball: Origins 2

Major Metallitron appears in two bonus levels in Dragon Ball: Origins 2, levels 2-8 and 4-6. In bonus level 2-8, Metallitron takes control of the Muscle Tower after his batteries reloaded after General White's defeat, and orders the Muscle Tower soldiers to steal Jingle Village's supplies while Android 8 is at Penguin Village to remove the Android Bomb in his chest. When Android 8 returns to the village, he goes to Muscle Tower and beats Major Metallitron. After his defeat, Metallitron takes a long walk and arrives at Penguin Village, where he meets King Nikochan and his servant (bonus level 4-6). He befriends them and tries to help them settle accounts with Arale Norimaki, since he says that his friends' enemies are his enemies, but Arale defeats him and puts his head on her body to celebrate her victory.

Major Metallitron appears in a cutscene in Dragon Ball Z: Idainaru Son Goku Densetsu, and he makes a brief cameo appearance in the introduction movie for Dragon Ball Z: Sagas.

In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle, Major Metallitron appears as a non-playable boss character in Quest Mode Area 10: "Red Ribbon Machinations" and as a common enemy in certain Events. Additionally, his Mifan Army counterpart appears as a non-playable boss character in the Story Event "Mystical Adventure". Dokkan Battle is the first video game to feature both the main series incarnation and the Mifan Army incarnation from the film Mystical Adventure.

Dokkan Battle cards

Voice Actors

Battles

Dragon Ball
  • Major Metallitron vs. Goku
Dragon Ball GT
  • Major Metallitron, Staff Officer Black (Battle Jacket), General Blue and Captain Yellow vs. Pan
Films
  • Sergeant Metallic vs. Krillin
  • Sergeant Metallic vs. Launch
  • Sergeant Metallic vs. Goku
  • Sergeant Metallic and Mifan soldiers vs. Master Roshi and Krillin
  • Sergeant Metallic vs. Goku
  • Major Metallitron vs. Goku

Trivia

Major Metallitron uses his 3D Scan Mode on Goku

  • He is an obvious reference to Arnold Schwarzenegger's robot character from the Terminator film series, especially the shades and the fact that he is a robot.
  • Metallitron is one of only two known high-ranking Red Ribbon officials (in this case, a major) who is not directly named after a color (although part of his name is derived from "metallic" which is also part of a specific kind of color [e.g., metallic yellow or metallic gray]), the only other being Captain Dark (who is technically named "Captain Dock" in the Japanese version, and thus was named after a structure rather than an actual color, although, like with Metallitron's Japanese name, his English name is derived from a specific color shade [ie, Dark Green or Dark Yellow]).
  • He is the only known Red Ribbon official that is not organic.
  • Major Metallitron is one of the few Red Ribbon Army Androids that are unnumbered, a trait which he shares with the Prototype Androids, Super Prototype Androids, the Bio-Androids Cell/New Cell, Cell Jr., and Miira in Dragon Ball Online (as in that game Towa constructed the Bio-Android Miira with the assistance of the Red Pants Army). However Major Metallitron is fully mechanical like the Prototype and Super Prototype Androids.
    • He is also the only Android to actually hold leadership rank within the army itself as Android 8 was subordinate to Ninja Murasaki and General White.
    • In Dragon Ball Origins 2, Major Metallitron is implied to out rank Android 8 as well.
    • He is also the first Red Ribbon Android to be considered a success from the army's perspective as unlike Android 8 he followed his programming and was loyal to the army. This makes him similar to Android 9, Android 13, 14, 15, Hell Fighter 17 (sort of), Android 19, and Android 20 as all were evil Androids that followed their programming and did not rebel against their creator (Android 8, 16, 17, 18, 21, and Cell though powerful were rebellious and had no real loyalty to Dr. Gero or the Red Ribbon Army) though in Android 20's case he was actually Dr. Gero himself.
    • Major Metallitron has some similarities to Android 16, as 16 is a fully mechanical Android, both sought to destroy Goku (though Android 16's was the result of his Goku Termination Program, while Major Metallitron simply wanted to destroy Goku cause he was an intruder who assaulted Muscle Tower), and both possess rocket powered fists that can be fired from their rocket launcher-like arms.
  • Major Metallitron was one of the first characters to figure out that Goku is an alien from space. He does so after scanning Goku, his scanner displays that Goku is an alien. However, due to lack of human contact with Saiyans, he was unsure of what type of alien it was.
    • Interestingly, Major Metallitron's scan of Goku mention a science officer, possibly referring to Dr. Gero as he was involved in development of Red Ribbon Army's Android soldiers. It is possible that Dr. Gero might have received some of the scan data from Metallitron before he was destroyed (or recovered the scan data from Metallitron's remains) allowing Gero to discover that Goku was an alien even before the arrival of Raditz.
    • It should be noted that this is not the only time in early Dragon Ball where characters questioned if Goku was an Earthling (as Oolong sarcastically asked Goku if he was from outer space) before the retcon in the Raditz Saga that revealed Goku's Saiyan origins.
  • In "Master Thief, Hasky", someone resembling him can be seen in the background on a poster in Bulma's room not wearing his sunglasses.

Poster in Bulma's room

  • His name in the VIZ localization of the manga, Full Metal Jacket, is derived from a type of bullet and is also a 1987 war film.
  • The text shown in Major Metallitron's scan of Goku (see image) is similar to an exchange between the character Ellen Ripley and the computer "Mother" from the 1979 film Alien.

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References

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