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"The Strangest Robot" (ゴメンねロボットさん ばくえたなみだ Gomen ne Robotto-san Sabaku ni Kieta Namida, lit. "Sorry Robot-san — The Tears that Vanished in the Desert") is the 3rd episode of the Vegeta Saga in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on June 28, 1989. Its original American airdate was June 28, 2005.


Gohan awakes, having lost his tail

Gohan awakens to find himself off balance with the newfound loss of his tail as well as being surprised by his new outfit. A group of wild animals chases Gohan until he falls into a hole in the desert, where he discovers an ancient probe robot in the cavernous ruins below. After Gohan reactivates the robot, it tells him not to disturb it, but reconsiders when the boy starts to cry and, reluctantly, watches over him, as he is still dependent on others. Gohan tries to dig the robot out of the sand as it tells him how, eighty years previous, it had been buried by an earthquake as it was excavating the ruins.

Gohan with the "Strangest Robot"

However, the unstable cavern begins to crumble around the two, and the robot sacrifices itself to send Gohan back to the surface, being smashed in the collapse. Tears streaming down his face, Gohan overcomes his sorrows, walking away back into the desert.

Meanwhile, Goku continues his travel along Snake Way, he begins to get hungry so stops to feast on some of the clouds surrounding Other World.

Major Events

  • Gohan meets C-6.
  • C-6 is destroyed after it sacrifices itself to save Gohan.





Differences from the manga

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


  • The main recap/episode ending theme by Nathan Johnson debuts in this episode, lasting through episode 67.
  • In Dragon Ball GT: Perfect File Vol. 2, voice actress Masako Nozawa states that "The Strangest Robot" was her favorite episode while voicing Gohan.
  • The ancient probe robot was cut out of the original Ocean dub released in America.


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