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"Princess Snake" (あま〜いゆうわくへびひめさまのおもてなし Amāi Yūwaku! Hebi Himesama no Omotenashi, lit. "Such Sweet Temptation! The Snake Princess-sama's Hospitality") is the 8th episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on August 2, 1989. Its original American airdate was July 6, 2005.



Princess Snake and her servants

Gohan, still being chased by the quickly tiring Sabertooth Tiger, witnesses Piccolo honing his powers by levitating rocks and boulders, and creating a gigantic controlled whirlwind that manages to rotate a whole circle of land in a complete 360 degree circle.

Krillin, Yamcha, Tien Shinhan, Chiaotzu and Yajirobe gather at The Lookout and begin their training. Meanwhile, Goku continues to tread the Snake Way from the beginning, where he encounters a castle on one side that wasn't there before. Inside, he meets the beautiful Princess Snake and her attendants, who are immediately smitten with him. She tries to ply him with food, dance (Goku thinks the Tango is a form of martial arts) and a hot bath, but, when none of these stop him from trying to continue along the path, she plays her ace card: a sleeping potion.


Princess Snake tangles up into a knot

A magical mirror shows that his dreams are only of Chi-Chi and Gohan. Spurned, she reveals her true form, an evil princess that tempts travelers along the Snake Way. Goku narrowly escapes the castle, which, after the illusion is dropped, turns out to be the goddess' true body: a monstrous fire-breathing snake. As she pursues him a while on the Snake Way, Goku manages to tangle her up into a knot and continues along the million-mile path.

Major Events[]

  • Tien Shinhan, Krillin, Yamcha, Chiaotzu and Yajirobe begin their training on The Lookout.
  • Goku meets with the Serpent Goddess, Princess Snake.


  • Goku vs. Princess Snake
  • Tien Shinhan vs. Krillin
  • Yamcha vs. Yajirobe and Chiaotzu





Differences from the manga[]

  • The entire events of this episode were exclusive to the anime.


  • When Gohan is struggling to avoid being blown away by the whirlwind caused by Piccolo's training, his tail can be seen blowing in the wind behind him, despite the fact it had been removed already long ago.


  • One of Princess Snake's attendants shoots herself in the head playing Russian Roulette, but is shown to be alive afterwards.
    • Saban cut this scene from the episode in 1996.
  • In this episode, Goku has a nightmare in which Vegeta and Nappa attack Gohan and Chi-Chi at home, despite the fact that he had not seen them at that point in time. However, after Goku drank the Ultra Divine Water, he had visions of the future and a clear understanding of things, implying that he had developed some level of psychic ability. Furthermore, in the TV special Bardock: The Father of Goku, Bardock implies that he feels psychic ability within Goku with lines like "You see it too, don't you?" For these reasons, it may be possible Goku has psychic foresight within his dreams.
  • This is the final episode where Nappa and Vegeta have their original color schemes as introduced in "Gohan's Rage” (Vegeta having auburn hair, Nappa's armor accents being brown, etc). Their proper colors would debut for their arrival on Earth in "Counting Down".


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