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Self Destruction (自爆 Jibaku) is simply the act of releasing all of one's energy in an explosive, suicidal blast.


It is a last-ditch effort, used only when a fighter is not strong enough to defeat his opponent by any other means. Users of this attack often attempt to grab their opponents first, in order to maximize the damage.



A Saibaman using the Saibaman Bomb against Yamcha

The Saibaman fighting Yamcha kills him using a Saibaman Bomb.

Chiaotzu uses it himself shortly after, against Nappa to little effect (this version is called Farewell, Mr. Tien).

When Vegeta tells the story of the Super Saiyan legend, a similar move is shown used by the Original Super Saiyan in the anime. The Original Super Saiyan could not control his power due to it being so high, so he accidentally self-destructed (the filler scene in the end shows his power blowing up the planet that he was on, rather showing blowing him up).


Semi-Perfect Cell moments before self-destructing on King Kai's planet

Many of Dr. Gero's creations had an explosive installed to simulate this effect, though Android 16 is the only one who attempted to use it (this version is called Self Destruct Device). Semi-Perfect Cell uses it as well, in an attempt to destroy the Earth (this version is called Unforgivable!).

Majin Vegeta uses a Self-Destruction technique on Majin Buu, the Final Explosion. This variant is different in that it creates a huge 360 degree expanding golden energy burst of ki, in the shape of a large dome around the user, such that the mere touch of Vegeta's self-destructive dome-shaped energy blast crushed fat Buu's body into little pieces. The Final Explosion does not cause the user's body to explode; Vegeta's body merely turned to stone and crumbled to dust afterwards.

Super Buu uses a Self-Destruction technique on Gohan, the Revenge Death Bomber. As with all Self Destruction techniques, it blows his own body apart. However, as opposed to being a self-sacrificial attack, Buu can regenerate, thus allowing him to use such moves without harming himself in the long run. This allows him to cause extreme amounts of damage or a distraction with little to no cost for him.

In the Dragon Ball Super anime, Future Trunks attempts to use a Self-Destruction on Future Zamasu, hoping that even his immortality and regeneration wouldn't allow him to recover from it. Goku Black stabbed him in the back before he could actually perform the technique. In the Tournament of Power, Vegeta performs the Final Explosion again against Top overpowering his sphere and eliminating him. Though it reverted Vegeta back to its base form, he managed to survive this time.

In the Dragon Ball Super manga, Piccolo prepares a self-destruction Light Grenade in an attempt to wipe out Moro but is taken down by the wizard before he can. Not long after Moro absorbs himself into the Earth, becoming a super-giant bomb with the ability to wipe out the galaxy by self-destructing, however he is destroyed by Goku before he can blow. Later, Granolah attempts to use a self-destruction technique to wipe himself out along with Vegeta but is stopped by Monaito and Goku.

In Dragon Ball GT, Super Saiyan 4 Goku uses the technique against Super 17 but is saved from destruction when the artificial human puts up an Android Barrier that somehow shields both himself and Goku from the blast. Super Full Power Saiyan 4 Goku also comes close to using this technique against Omega Shenron, but Vegeta's arrival distracts Goku, allowing Omega to escape Goku's grasp. This prompts Goku to cancel the technique, as Vegeta is ready to execute his plan to join Goku as a Super Saiyan 4.

Film Appearances[]

In Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Kami attempts this technique against Garlic Jr. but he was interrupted by Goku and Piccolo who had just killed Garlic Jr.'s henchmen.


Video Game Appearances[]

In Dragon Ball Fusions, it appears under the name Explosion and is a Special Move used by Saibaman and Chiaotzu. In the game, it is performed in a manner like Farewell, Mr. Tien, with the user sneaking up behind the opponent and grabbing onto their back then self-destructing, KO'ing the user. Dragon Ball Fusions also adds an additional effect of the explosion produced by the technique damaging not only enemies and the user but damaging nearby allies as well. There is even a stronger version called Great Explosion with another version called Massive Explosion that is even stronger than Great Explosion. Explosion and its variants essentially act as stand-ins for the self-destruction techniques Saibaman Bomb, Android Bomb, and Farewell, Mr. Tien.

In Kakarot, Self Destruct is a technique used by some enemies either in battle or cutscenes. During the game's Saiyan Saga, Yamcha is killed by a Self-Destructing Saibaman after he and Gohan battle several of them (this is due to Yamcha being a Support only character thus Gohan's presence is added). Additionally, Chiaotzu uses Self Destruct in an attempt to kill Nappa which plays out in a cutscene. In the Sub Story: "One Cool Dude", after Yamcha's girlfriends Sapphire and Pearl discover he's been cheating on them after Pearl confronts Yamcha while he is on a date with Sapphire, they send their capsule Robots to attack Yamcha forcing Gohan who was checking out how things were going for Puar to fight them. They manage to defeat the robots with Sapphire & Pearl swooning over Yamcha after seeing him fight, however Yamcha lets his guard down and one of the still operational Skull Robo Type 3s grabs him from behind and Self Destructs causing Yamcha to make the same pose as when he was killed by the Saibaman. Sapphire and Pearl lose interest in Yamcha considering him a loser for getting blown up. Puar arrives and is worried Yamcha has been killed again, but Yamcha reveals he's fine as his increased strength from training under King Kai allowed him to endure the blast despite being caught off guard. Gohan notes to himself that it made the Saibaman Incident look good by comparison and agrees that Yamcha's second brush with a Self-Destructing enemy was lame by comparison despite his survival.