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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.

This work contains examples of:

  • 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. The premise for this timeline seems to be "What if Gero was creating more Androids instead of Cell?" However it doesn't explain what happens to 17 and 18 in this timeline, since they are shown to exist in the very beginning. Since the Z-Fighters weren't around when the androids awoke, it's possible that they simply wandered off and didn't cause any trouble in this timeline but we'll never know.
  • 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 are all pure androids, like 16 and 19 in the main continuity.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Piccolo and Vegeta come in at the last moment to save Gohan and Goku respectively.
  • Blood Knight: Even though Android 13 is tasked with killing Goku, he doesn't care to do so quickly, preferring to get as much fight out of him as he can first. The only explanation for this behavior from the otherwise-efficient android is this.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Dr. Gero's death at the hands (well, foot) of Android 17 is quicker and yet bloodier and more sinister than in the original.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Android 13's fighting style can be summed up as this. In his regular form, one of the first things he does is drag Goku down underwater, where the Saiyan is at a distinct disadvantage due to needing to breathe. Even in his Super form this aspect is still present, being 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, Android 13 is 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.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: The original Japanese dub makes it a point that Goku cannot properly wield a Spirit Bomb as a Super Saiyan due to that form's inherent rage messing with the purity of his heart. The Funimation dub either gets it wrong or tries to handwave away Goku still holding on to the Spirit Bomb as his heart remaining pure even as a Super Saiyan.
  • 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.
  • Filling the Silence: The original Japanese dub is very quiet this time around. 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.
  • 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 does what it can to give them more personality by having them spout off additional dialogue at times.
  • Frigid Water Is Harmless: Goku and company fight the trio of androids in the Arctic. Nobody involved suffers from the cold of the Arctic or frequently being knocked into the freezing water.
  • 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" twice and yells “DAMN YOU” in the Funimation dub.
  • 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. When he moves out of the way to dodge the follow up attack, he still hasn't recovered and falls to one knee. Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that they actually burst after he gets punched there.
  • Hotter and Sexier: There's a bit more sexuality in this film than the others. At one point Master Roshi imagines a bunch of bikini models in rather risqué poses, and at the very end, the camera stays zeroed in on a passing Nurse's butt.
  • 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.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Like the Androids of the main timeline, 13 and 15 have these. Strangely, Android 14 has orange eyes, making him the only one of all the androids to not have this eye color.
  • Inconsistent Dub: When debating Trunks, Android 13 sneers at his "thirty-dollar haircut", even though the DB universe has its own established currency called zeni.
  • The Juggernaut: Android 13 is damn near unstoppable once he transforms into his super form.
  • Large Ham: Android 13 in the Funimation dub.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Goku gets around not being able to wield the Spirit Bomb as a Super Saiyan by instead absorbing its power and getting strong enough to defeat Super Android 13. It was never hinted that Goku could do anything like this in the manga or anime, however he does do this in several games.
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: Dub only. Android 13 very rarely refers to Goku by name, preferring to call him by demeaning Southern nicknames such as "city boy", "son", or just "boy".
  • Non-Serial Movie: Like most Dragon Ball films, but this one is particularly clear: it's so wildly divergent from the status quo at any point in the series that future guides (which did their best to fit nearly everything into the anime timeline) simply declared it an Alternate Continuity. The issue is mainly that the cast appears to be at the point they were in the late Android Saga, somewhere between Piccolo fusing with Kami and Vegeta and Trunks's training (Gohan and Trunks haven't aged and Gohan isn't a Super Saiyan, Piccolo is about as strong as everyone else), but that period doesn't contain any kind of downtime for the film's events to occur, as it was basically a mad dash to contain Imperfect Cell, and Goku spent most of it recovering from heart disease. This is particularly odd, as it's far more tied in with the current arc than any prior film, directly acknowledging the events of the Android Saga and featuring a cameo of 17 and 18.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Android 15 is at the height of Gohan and Krillin, yet is strong enough to give Vegeta a tough time even when the latter transformed into a Super Saiyan.
  • Plot Hole: While the movie may take place in an alternate timeline, Trunks not being worried about Androids 17 and 18 raises questions since his main reason for traveling to the past was to stop them and 17 and 18 are clearly alive and roaming around unchecked.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: Android 13's transformation causes his hair to turn red and flare up like a Super Saiyan's, even though Gero had no idea what a Super Saiyan even was when he created 13.
  • Power Trio: The sole reason this movie was made seems to have been to create a situation that would force Goku, Trunks, and Vegeta to all transform into Super Saiyans at once. The bad guys, of course, are a power trio themselves.
  • 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.
  • Rewrite: Justified by it being an alternate universe, but in the main timeline Android 18 states that Dr. Gero destroyed all the other androids up to 15, which Gero does not contradict.
  • 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: Played up in the American dub with Android 13's Large Ham speech upon showing himself. This is completely absent from the original, since Japanese culture doesn't have the same superstition about the number thirteen that Western culture does.
  • Troll: Chi-Chi of all people, weaponises her reputation as an Education Mama just for a joke in the end of the movie when she tells Gohan she has enrolled him for summer school and he’ll be joining as soon as he is healed, despite it being very obvious that she is joking.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Neither Android 13 or 14 wear shirts. 13 wears suspenders, while 14 wears a brassard.
  • 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 shows the former killing Dr. Gero like he does in the series proper.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Android 13 breaks the sword of Trunks, similar to Android 18 breaking it in the main continuity.

Piccolo: Is it over?
Vegeta: Not 'til the fish jumps.
(a fish leaps out of the water)
Vegeta: It's over.

Alternative Title(s): Super Android 13