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Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13! (known in Japan as Doragon Bōru Zetto: Kyokugen Battle!! San Dai Super Saiya-jin; lit. "Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Battle!! The Three Great Super Saiyans") is the seventh Dragon Ball Z movie. It was originally released in Japan on July 11, 1992 between episodes 147 and 148, while Funimation Entertainment dubbed it into English in 2003.

The death of Dr. Gero at the hands of Androids 17 and 18 prompts the activation of Androids 13, 14, and 15. They try to kill Goku, who fights them with the help of Trunks, Piccolo, Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan.

For the Dragon Ball Z Abridged version, see here.


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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted. Unlike most of Doctor Gero's creations, Androids 13, 14, and 15 are fully focused on killing Goku, as they were programmed to do.
  • Alternate Continuity: The Daizenshuu states that the movie takes place in a world parallel to the main timeline, set after Gero's death but before Cell becomes Perfect, explaining why Goku is up and about rather than bedridden from the heart virus.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Android 13's S.S. Deadly Bomber which tracks its target like a heat-seeking missile.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: As usual, Chi-Chi objects to Gohan helping out in the fight because he needs to study. Gohan promptly snaps and asks her if his education means more to her than Goku's life, which shocks Chi-Chi enough that she lets him go.
  • Artificial Human: Androids 13, 14, and 15.
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  • Big Damn Heroes: Piccolo and Vegeta come in at the last moment to save Gohan and Goku respectively.
  • Blood Knight: Android 13.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Android 13 in his Super form. This is especially evident when he manages to punch Goku in the groin with his free arm (his other arm was grabbing his leg).
  • Deep South: In the English dub only, he's given a Southern accent (possibly the only character in the Dragon Ball franchise to do so), as he's played there by native Texan Phillip Wilburn. This leads Trunks to actually call him a "Red Ribbon redneck" in the dub.
  • Excuse Plot: Even by Dragon Ball movie standards, this film has the least plot of them all except for maybe Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming. Androids attack, Goku and friends fight them until they win. The end.
  • Expy: Android 13 of Cell. Both assimilate two other androids to reach their ultimate forms.
  • Flat Character: Androids 14 and 15; they're programmed to kill Goku and that's pretty much all they do throughout the film.
    • The English dub gives them additional dialogue at times in an attempt to give them more personality.
  • Fusion Dance: Android 13 assimilates with the broken remains of Android 14 and 15 to become Super Android 13.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The Androids of this film are some of the worst examples of all the movies, barely talking in the original film.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Averted. Android 13 uses the term "ass-whooping" at one point.
  • Groin Attack: In one of the movie's more infamous moments, Super 13 picks Goku up by one ankle and punches him in the family jewels so hard that it actually makes Goku drop out of Super Saiyan. Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that they actually burst after he gets punched there.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Krillin scolds Master Roshi and Oolong for voicing perverted thoughts about the beauty pageant they're going to in front of Future Trunks, only for Roshi to point out that he said basically the same things not even a minute ago.
  • Large Ham: Android 13 in the Funimation dub.
  • Lull Destruction: Dialogue is added into the Funimation dub for the Androids where there clearly wasn't any in the original, which was definitely not a bad thing given how little they talked in the original.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Vegeta, Piccolo, and Goku in the same five minutes. Apparently, it took them a while to realize it wasn't working. Vegeta got body-slammed, Piccolo got blasted, and Goku... well, see above.
  • Say My Name: "Son Goku" is all Android 14 and 15 ever say in the original Japanese version.
  • Suddenly Speaking:
    • In the dub, Gero's computer is basically his voice with the Madness Mantra "Goku must die!"
    • Inverted with Super Android 13 who loses his voice after transforming in the original Japanese version.
  • Super Mode: Big 13 after absorbing parts from Androids 14 and 15.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Well, yes.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Android 13 and 14.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: While most of the departures from the main continuity can be excused because of it taking place in an alternate continuitynote , one thing the film doesn't address is what happened to Androids 17 and 18 in said timeline, even though the film's opening clearly showing the former killing Gero like he does in the series proper.

Alternative Title(s): Super Android 13


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