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"I thought Dr. Gero only meant for me to defeat the Earth, but I know now I was designed for much more! Once I'm finished tearing this world into pieces, I'll just use Goku's Instant Transmission technique to move onto other planets! That is my destiny! I am the universe's end!"
Cell while charging the Solar Kamehameha

"The Horror Won't End" (くうからはんへ⋯ちちたましいつたわった Gokū kara Gohan e… Chichi no Tamashī wa Tsutawatta, lit. "From Goku to Gohan… A Father's Spirit is Passed Down") is the twenty-fifth episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred ninetieth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on June 23, 1993. Its original American airdate was December 21, 2000.



Gohan injured after saving Vegeta's life

Gohan faces Cell as the latter charges his Solar Kamehameha, proclaiming that he will live forever. To Gohan's surprise, Vegeta apologizes to him for getting in the way, leading Gohan to believe that it was said because he knew they were all about to die. Around the world and even on New Namek, Cell's evil energy is sensed. Cell then thinks back to his earliest stage of life in his own timeline.

As Dr. Gero continues work on his greatest creation, Future Android 17 and Future Android 18 interfere and, when Dr. Gero threatens to put them back to sleep, kill him. Before the two take off, they destroy Dr. Gero's lab, but unbeknownst to the two of them, Cell remained intact in his tube and continued development until he reached the point where he outgrew his tube and broke free. Upon going to the outside world, he finds that most of humanity has already been killed by the two Androids, leaving him little option to feed off of the life forms of others. It was soon after that Cell killed that timeline's Future Trunks and took his Time Machine to the main timeline.


Super Perfect Cell

Back in the present time, Cell, while charging his Solar Kamehameha, mentions that he initially thought his creation was so Dr. Gero could "defeat" Earth, but he now realizes that his true role is to act as the end of the universe itself, and even gloats that with his newfound power, he could wipe out the entire Solar System if he so desires. Gohan, knowing that he cannot beat Cell with only one arm, is ready to accept defeat. Suddenly, Goku speaks with Gohan through King Kai's telepathic abilities, motivating Gohan to launch the largest Kamehameha that he can muster. After a disagreement about his abilities with one arm, Gohan decides to launch it upon his father's request. Gohan charges his own Kamehameha as he prepares to face off with Cell one final time, with Cell mockingly "respecting" Gohan for deciding to put everything he has left into one final, futile attack.

Major Events[]

  • Cell powers up his Solar Kamehameha, attempting to destroy the entire Solar System.
  • Cell explains his origins from his own timeline.
  • Goku speaks with Gohan through King Kai and urges him to fight on.
  • Gohan begins powering up a Kamehameha in retaliation.







  • Solar Kamehameha - Super Perfect Cell's most powerful version of the Kamehameha, used in an attempt to destroy Gohan, the Earth, and the Solar System.
  • Father-Son Kamehameha - A one-handed Super Kamehameha used by Gohan, assisted by Goku's spirit, against Super Perfect Cell's Solar Kamehameha.

Bruce Faulconer tracks[]

Differences from the manga[]

  • Due to Caroni, Pirozhki and Miss Piiza being created for the anime, all scenes involving them are exclusive to the anime.
  • Dende and Mr. Popo, as well as the Namekians on New Namek, commenting on the evil power that Cell is giving off as he powers up the Solar Kamehameha is exclusive to the anime.
  • Cell's flashback to his origins is exclusive to the anime.
  • Fortuneteller Baba arriving at Goku's House and using the Crystal Ball to show Chi-Chi and Ox-King the fight is exclusive to the anime.


  • There is a verbal goof when Gohan charges his Kamehameha. While pronouncing the technique, he says the second "me" twice in the Funimation dub.
  • In this episode, in the remastered Funimation dub, Laurie Steele was kept for Fortuneteller Baba's voice instead of Linda Young. Mark Britten's voice is also kept for Ox-King instead of Kyle Hebert.
  • Brian Drummond replaces Elan Ross Gibson as Baba in the Westwood/Ocean dub starting from this episode.
  • 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 Z: Bojack Unbound (released in theaters on July 10, 1993). This preview was not included in the Dragon Box. Instead, the preview used was the rerun version for the next normal episode, "Save the World".


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