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"The Successor" (くうえたせん Gokū o Koeta Senshi, lit. "The Warrior Who Surpassed Goku") is the two hundred ninth chapter of Dragon Ball Z and the four hundred third overall chapter of the Dragon Ball manga.

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The cover shows a picture of Cell in the center. On each side of him are pictures of the faces of four Z Fighters: Vegeta, Android 16, Future Trunks, and Gohan on the left, and Tien Shinhan, Piccolo, Yamcha, and Krillin on the right.

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Having quit his match against Cell and requested to choose the next fighter, Goku says that the Cell Games will end with this next match. Goku says that after fighting Cell himself, he knows that this next challenger will be able to beat him. The Z Fighters wonder who Goku could possibly mean, and Cell demands that Goku name this great fighter who can outdo them both. Mr. Satan fears that Goku will call upon him. After a moment of suspense, Goku turns to the Z Fighters and calls Gohan to fight, stunning everyone else present. Piccolo angrily states that Goku is sending his own son to his death. The cameraman working with Jimmy Firecracker, hearing Gohan's name (which means rice), tells Jimmy they are discussing food. Firecracker wonders how they can take a lunch break at a time like this.

As Goku flies over to the Z Fighters, Cell dismisses the idea of fighting Gohan. Goku tells his son that he can succeed, but Piccolo angrily tells Goku to come to his senses. Goku questions Gohan about the battle thus far, and Gohan states that while he could follow it, neither Goku nor Cell were fighting for real. Goku says that he was in fact fighting at full power, but that it only seemed like he was not trying due to Gohan's strength. Piccolo and Vegeta are aghast at what this means about Gohan's true abilities, with Vegeta believing that Gohan is lying. After Goku tells him to save the world so he can grow up and become a scientist, Gohan agrees to fight Cell, and flies out to the battlefield. Goku then gets a Senzu Bean from Krillin and, much to the chagrin of his companions, throws it to Cell. When Yamcha and Piccolo object, Goku claims that the fight would not be fair otherwise, as Cell is exhausted. Cell claims that Goku playing the hero will be his doom, and that he will not decline the bean. He eats the bean and, surprised by its rejuvenating ability, powers up. As Piccolo complains again about Goku's actions, Gohan decides to power up as well, and the magnitude of his energy stuns Cell and the Z Fighters.

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