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"Right now Gohan's way beyond needing my help."

"The Unstoppable Gohan" (セルをKOノックアウト!!たった2はつちょうてっけん Seru o Nokku Auto!! Tatta Nihatsu no Chō-Tekken, lit. "Cell is Knocked Out!! Taken Down With Two Super Punches") is the twenty first episode of the Cell Games Saga and the one hundred eighty-sixth overall episode in the uncut Dragon Ball Z series. This episode first aired in Japan on May 19, 1993. Its original American airdate was December 14, 2000.



Cell powering up to fight Gohan

After defeating the amazingly powerful Cell Juniors, Gohan moves on to a more terrifying opponent, Cell. Despite being in control of his fight with Gohan previously, Perfect Cell finds himself struggling just to keep up with Gohan now. It soon becomes apparent that Gohan's power has turned the tables in the fight.


Gohan landing a massive blow against Cell

Cell then irritably tells Gohan not to get cocky, and then calmly hints that he has not even unleashed his full power. Gohan tells Cell to "Can it." A shocked Cell then decides to reveal that he is not bluffing in regards to his full power, and proceeds to power up, causing extreme concern for the Dragon Team, as well as blowing Mr. Satan and everyone else away. Elsewhere, as an earthquake is occurring due to Cell's powering up, Chi-Chi is growing very concerned about whether Gohan is doing all right (due to Gohan's earlier transforming into a Super Saiyan 2, the recording equipment of ZTV was damaged, leaving her unable to witness the fight).


Cell attacks Gohan

After powering up to his maximum, Cell asks what Gohan thinks about his full power. Gohan flatly responds with "Is that all you've got?", causing Cell to become even more shocked. Desperate, he launches a sucker punch on Gohan, but to his astonishment, the attack fails to inflict any damage to the Super Saiyan 2. Gohan then returns two light punches, Cell's gut and chin respectively, which makes Cell double over in agony. Witnessing Cell's helplessness, the Z-Fighters then begin to believe that even the powerful Cell is no match for Gohan's amazing new power.

Major Events[]

  • Cell powers up to his full strength.


  • Gohan (Super Saiyan 2) vs. Cell (Perfect)







  • Ultimate Blitz - Used several times by Cell, to no avail.
  • Power Up - Used by Cell when he powers up to his maximum potential, however, he is still inferior to Gohan.
  • Soaring Dragon Strike - Used by Gohan to severely damage Cell.

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.
  • In the manga, after Gohan defeats the Cell Jrs. then goes to face Cell, Cell powers up to his full strength immediately. However, in the anime, Gohan and Cell fight first, and it is only after realizing he's completely outmatched that Cell decides to power up to full strength.
  • Piccolo surmising that Goku fought Cell first so that Gohan could gain an understanding of the android's fighting style is only the in anime.
  • People from around the world reacting as the world shakes from Cell's power up is exclusive to the anime.


  • In the edited English dubs, there is a scene of Miss Piiza calling Jimmy Firecracker a pro that was removed. It was likely due to her cleavage being prominently showcased from that angle.
  • The tanned spectator who states that Mr. Satan is Earth's only hope against Cell has a voice change between the edited and uncut versions of the Funimation dub. The former has him voiced by Justin Cook with him using the name Hercule while in the latter, his voice is done by Christopher Sabat, calling him Mr. Satan. The remastered dub and most subsequent releases have used Sabat's performance.
  • In the remastered dub, Mark Britten's performance as Ox King was retained instead of Kyle Hebert redubbing over him.
  • Future Trunks is missing the neck area of his jump suit when he and Piccolo look up to see Gohan and Cell fighting.


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