Dragon Ball Facts: 10 things you may not know about Cell

If there’s one thing that the Dragon Ball Franchise is renowned for, it’s the plethora of amazing and interesting villains the series has produced. Even amongst the long list of Dragon Ball villains, Cell stands out to be the most unique and distinctive antihero. Unlike Frieza, who gained a lot of popularity and fans, Cell wasn’t that popular of a main villain, probably due to how little we know about him. So, we have prepared a list of 10 things that you may not know about Cell, click here for more Dragon Ball Facts.

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10. Cell can turn Super Saiyan

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Probably something that most fans don’t know about Cell is the fact that he can actually turn Super Saiyan. When he blew himself up during his battle with Gohan and came back, he had a golden aura and electricity around him, similar to the SSJ2 form. Technically, Cell is a Saiyan hybrid due to the various Saiyan DNA inside him. It is necessary to have S-Cells to become Super Saiyan, according to Toriyama, with so much Saiyan DNA inside him, Cell definitely has enough S-Cells to become Super Saiyan.

9. He’s the least threatening of all Villains in DBZ

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Most of the villains in Dragon Ball Z were downright evil and their very existence threatening to all life. Vegeta intended to blow up the earth, Frieza put the whole Galaxy at risk and Buu wanted to destroy the entire Universe. Cell, however, only claimed to destroy the earth but he never actually looked as though he wanted to. Throughout the entire saga, the atmosphere never felt tense and even the Z-warriors were relaxed for a while. In the end, Cell only wanted a fair match with Goku to gauge his strength against the earth’s mightiest warrior.

8. He wasn’t intended to be the main villain

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When Toriyama was creating the Manga, Androids 19 and 20 were originally intended to be the main villains of the upcoming arc. However, the editor of the Manga was not impressed by the androids, saying that they weren’t proper villains. Taking a closer look at the android, it does make sense. Toriyama then decided to include Android 18 and 17 but even they weren’t approved to be the main villain. In the end, Toriyama came up with the idea of Cell which was way better than the androids and was readily approved by the editor as well.

7. Cells appearance was changed due to criticism

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Another major change that happened in the Manga due to the editor’s disapproval, was the appearance of Cell, which according to the editor wasn’t very appealing. Toriyama was forced to include transformations for the character resulting in his semi-perfect and perfect forms. If it wasn’t for the editor, we would have never seen Cell on screen like we do today.

6. Cell and Future trunks kill each other twice

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Time travel can be a very hard concept to grasp especially with the one we have in Dragon Ball. During the Cell arc, we were actually able to witness three different versions of Cell. The majority of the arc was covered by a Cell from an alternate timeline. That Cell was able to kill Trunks in his timeline and traveled back in time to once again kill Trunks by firing a beam through his chest.

Ironically, However, the same Trunks was able to Kill Cell twice as well. Once by destroying the main timeline Cell who was in his larval state and the second time when he traveled back to his timeline and killed the Cell who was going to steal his Time machine.

5. The Mysterious Plot Hole

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One major plot hole that appeared during the saga was when Cell blew himself up and still managed to survive. He explained that he could only be completely destroyed by destroying the nucleus in his head, which is responsible for regenerating his body, similar to Piccolo. However, a few episodes before this happened, when Cell was fighting Goku, his entire Upper body including his head were destroyed by Goku but he still managed to regenerate. This plot hole was fixed in the DBZ Kai version of the series.

4. The Black diamond on his chest never changes

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Similar to most of the villains in Dragon Ball Z, Cell had some amazing transformations up his sleeve. The transformations not only powered him up but also changed his appearance by a considerable margin. However, one thing that remains unchanged about Cell in all of his three forms, is the black diamond on his chest. It could probably be the core of his being, containing his vital organs and such.

3. Cell is one of the only two characters to successfully kill Goku

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It’s mind-blowing to think that Goku has actually only died twice at the hands of his opponents. Once when Piccolo killed him alongside Raditz and the other time when Goku sacrificed himself to save the earth from Cells bio-bomb. It may not be the best the way to defeat your opponent, but it’s still an amazing feat nonetheless.

2. Cell and the entire Android Saga was inspired by Terminator

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Inspired by Journey to the West, Akira Toriyama was able to create most of the initial Dragon Ball content including the Frieza arc with its help. When he ran out of ideas, he started to look elsewhere to find inspiration. Around the same time the sci-fi movie Terminator was quite popular, Toriyama used it to create his next arc. There are a lot of similarities between the two, both have characters that travel back in time to warn others of an upcoming threat. They both contain a villain who is able to regenerate and is seemingly unstoppable, etc.

1. We most likely won’t be seeing Cell again

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There are a number of reasons why Cell isn’t likely to appear again in the franchise. For one, Toriyama hated drawing Cell, due to the large number of black spots on his body. To keep Cells character design consistent, Toriyama had to draw each and every dot in the exact same spot it was meant to be. Toriyama himself claimed that it was tough and tedious to draw Cell. Another reason why we won’t be seeing Cell again may be due to his very weak power level compared to the power of the Saiyans. He already achieved his perfect form which is his final form and as such, there is no more improvement for the character. Even Goku and Vegeta thought nothing of Cell during the Buu saga.

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