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Character subpage for Androids 17 and 18. For their Future counterparts, see this page.


Android 17 and Android 18

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Two androids created by Dr. Gero to kill Goku. They end up being activated prematurely, then turn on their creator and destroy him. They're actually cyborgs, as it's stated a few times that they were originally human teenage runaways kidnapped and experimented on by the old man.

Future Trunks travels to the main timeline to warn the Z Fighters about how, in the Future Timeline, the Androids go on a rampage across the Earth, causing destruction and chaos, with even the Z Fighters ending up dead at their hands, leaving Future Trunks the only one capable of stopping them. However, in the main timeline, they're more subdued, deciding to only focus on finding and fighting Goku — 18, in particular, seems to hardly care about fighting at all and only does so when forced. The reasons for this are unknown, though Future Trunks theorizes that it's some kind of side effect from his time travels. It's also possible that their interactions with Android 16 (as well as the fact that they take a purposely long amount of time to find and kill Goku) means that they develop more empathy for other people. The two eventually turn out to be the necessary sacrifices for Gero's greatest creation, Cell, who absorbs them to attain his perfect form. Super Saiyan 2 Gohan ends up quite literally beating 18 out of Cell, and 17 is revived following Cell's final defeat.

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After Z, they both take some prominence again in GT's Super 17 arc. In Super, both Androids take part in the Tournament of Power to ensure the survival of their universe.

17's real name is Lapis and 18's is Lazuli, as revealed by Word of God.


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    In General 
  • '90s Hair: Both Androids have them. 17 sports the curtain hairstyle, while 18 has a slick Rachel. They were conceived by Toriyama around that time period, after all.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, neither of them have power level detectors, although 18 does manage to learn how to sense ki by Yo! Son Goku and His Friends Return!!. In the anime, 17 at least does have said detectors, though they were faulty since they told him that he was stronger than 16 and he never detected anyone's power ever again.
  • Affably Evil: During the relatively brief time they spent as the Z-Fighters' enemies, they were the friendliest cyborgs programmed for killing you'll ever meet. Their Future counterparts slide off more towards Faux Affably Evil.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Dr. Gero couldn't create an android evil/obedient or powerful enough to carry out his desires to rule the world or destroy Goku to save his life - until he "made" these two. Or so it seems... except he can't control them at all, and it turns out they're always just waiting for him to let his guard down so they can off him permanently. Its also implied that their Bad Future versions wanted to kill all humans because Dr. Gero preprogrammed them to hate humans so he could use them to conquer the world. The other explanation is the present timeline versions were changed by their interactions with Android 16 and the horrors of Cell.
  • And I Must Scream: The Dragon Ball Super manga reveals that 17 and 18 were fully conscious while inside Cell after the latter absorbed them, and could see and hear Goku all throughout.
  • And Then What?: After they killed Dr. Gero, Krillin points out to them that they don't have to follow the objective to kill Goku that he programmed into them. It appears that they followed it because they felt they had nothing better to do. They do make something of their lives, eventually.
  • Anti Anti Christ: Designed by Dr. Gero to kill Goku and wreck havoc. It didn't exactly play out that way, to say the least.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Word of God is that due to their android enhancements, they age very slowly, which means that they will survive their spouses and possibly their children, stuck in the same, unchanging body for a long, long time, watching every person they ever loved grow old and die, and while aging slowly may allow them to enjoy a long life in a youthful body, it also means they will eventually have to live a long time as old people, with each biological year lasting at least twice or three times as long as a normal human's. Imagine being in your seventies for two decades.
    • Super heavily implies that the reason they are both so stoic most of the time is that whatever Gero did to them made it a little harder for them to feel emotions than when they were regular humans. This side effect has been particularly annoying to 17, who now seems to wish he was still a human.
  • Blood Knight: The both of them love to fight, though 17 more so than his sister. It becomes downplayed with them both, however, as they have mellowed out over the years after marriage and mostly keep to themselves; 17 more concerned with protecting wildlife and 18 focusing on her daughter and getting rich.
  • Brother-Sister Team: They're actually siblings and work well together as a team.
  • Creepy Twins: At first. They both spoke in monotone voices and don't seem to show much emotions outside of dull surprise. This is something 17 hates about his transformation into an android in Super, and is truly happy to be able to feel selfless as he dies to protect Goku and Vegeta. Except he doesn't die. In the alternative timeline with Future Trunks, they are creepy twins who only show emotion when they are killing people.
  • Cyborg: Contrary to their "names", they are actually humans turned cyborgs under the Android project, and their "enhancements" are actually made out of organic substances, as with the "bioborgs" of Rifts or the Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000. Some translations correct this by referring to them as "C-17" and "C-18", with "C" being short for "cyborg" (which creates an inconsistency with "C-16", who actually is an android).
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Both twins can defeat a Super Saiyan, a transformation said to be legendary to the Saiyan race, as shown when they made short work of a newly-ascended-to-Super-Saiyan Vegeta and Super Saiyan Trunks. In the History of Trunks TV special, their future counterparts were able to kill Super Saiyan Vegeta and Gohan and nearly killed Trunks when he was at their mercy.
  • Determinator: Gero kidnapped them and turned them into semi-androids to begin with, even destroying their human memories in the process, then proceeded to repeatedly manipulate their programming and turn them on and off at will in trying to control them. That they retained their sense of independence through all that is a feat in and of itself.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After all the abuse they undoubtedly withstood in turning them into what they are, 17 and 18 killed Gero as soon as they got the chance.
  • Dragon Ascendant: After they killed Gero, they became the primary threat to the heroes, before Cell takes over this role once his existence is revealed.
  • Foil: To themselves, or more specifically, the versions from Trunks's future. While the latter are sociopaths whose idea of fun is mass murder, the former merely create mayhem for their entertainment and have consciences. The twin androids are the only characters whose personalities are intrinsically different in the two timelines for unclear reasons (for Trunks, the differences are obviously due to how he was raised). The most important example that Future 17 is a foil for 17, Future 17's evil and sociopathy doomed the Earth, Present 17 developing empathy and selflessness is what saves the entire Dragon Ball Multiverse.
  • Forehead of Doom: Their foreheads are very big. Android 17's hairstyle exposes a lot of his, while half of Android 18's hair covers hers.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Both of them were rebels against Gero and wanted to kill Goku for sport. They also had no problem breaking the law like stealing a van, attacking the police, and not paying for clothes. By the Majin Buu Saga, 18 had settled down with Krillin and had a daughter, although she isn't above blackmailing for money. 17, through an interview with Toriyama, has his own family with adoptive kids and a steady job as a park ranger, which is eventually shown in Super.
  • Friendly Enemy: They are friendly towards the Z-Fighters and allowed them to heal after they beat them. They even offered to fight them again when they had gotten stronger and treat hunting Goku like it's a game.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Gero was trying to perfect his Android technology after his previous experiments fell short of the mark, and chose to implement some special experimental Organic Technology in them, and settled for technology he knew was comparatively antiquated but safe to implement when converting himself into an Android. They turn out to be highly erratic and destructive from the moment they awaken, and dispatch their own creator moments after being activated by easily overpowering him, since he gave himself a weaker body.
  • Gradual Grinder: For those who fought them, it's been noted that even if they were equal at first, they would eventually run out of stamina while the Androids would remain at full power.
  • Half-Identical Twins: 17 is a brunet while 18 is a blonde, but they do look alike at least in facial features. When he finally meets 17 in Dragon Ball Super, Goku says outright that he knew him right away because he has the same eyes as 18.
  • Hand Blast: Considering they don't actually use ki, they shoot some artificial type of energy instead.
  • Happily Married: Both 17 and 18 became married with two different people. 17 married a zoologist while 18 married Krillin.
  • Heel–Face Turn: For both of them, although 17 later undergoes a Face–Heel Turn as a result of Brainwashed and Crazy in GT (but he gets better).
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Both of them have icy cold ones.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Dr. Gero created all manner of killer androids, caused a Bad Future, and nearly destroyed the solar system in the main timeline all out of Irrational Hatred for Goku for destroying the Red Ribbon Army, on top of being a Smug Snake, so not one tear was shed when 17 offed him. On the contrary, someone at Toei must've found it funny, because it kept happening again and again: Dr. Gero's death scene is depicted again in a Bloodier and Gorier manner in Super Android 13!, and after Dr. Gero escaped from Hell, 17 kills him again in Dragon Ball GT.
  • Killer Robot: A variation. They were humans that Dr. Gero turned into Cyborgs with the purpose of killing Goku, but they ultimately only tried to follow that purpose at first because they were bored teen rebels, before dropping it completely. Played straight with their Future Trunks' timeline counterparts, who went on a rampage on Earth.
  • Limited Wardrobe:
    • Up until Super, 17 wore the same outfit since his first appearance, only wearing a jacket over it in the Majin Buu Saga and GT, with Future 17 even mentioning he has several of the same shirt.
    • While 18's gone through a lot of outfits over the series, she's always seen in one outfit for most of Super, only changing into a pink tracksuit during the Universe Survival arc.
  • Lost in Translation: While it was briefly touched upon in the Majin Buu Saga, it was never outright stated that they're not actually androids. While it's not inaccurate to translate jinzo ningen ("artificial human") as "android", as they were actually altered humans, a more accurate translation for them would be Cyborg 17 and 18. It's safe to assume they were called androids for consistency. That said, they were dubbed C17 and C18 in translations of the manga and some dubs of the anime, as a nod to the fact that they're actually cyborgs.
  • Lovable Rogue: They're more rebels without a cause than the merciless killing machines from Future Trunks' timeline.
  • Meaningful Name: They're named for a deep blue, semi-precious stone. Rather appropriate for a pair of attractive people with striking blue eyes.
  • No Name Given: Their real names are never revealed and they are referred to only by their respective numerical designations. During the World Martial Arts Tournament in the Majin Buu Saga, Android 18 signs up for the tournament as "Number 18", which is rather humorous when one considers that she could have easily used a pseudonym instead, if giving her real name was not an option, but did not feel so inclined. When questioned on the reason she is called "Number 18", depending on the version her answer is somewhere between "it doesn't matter" and "my father was pretty dull" Toriyama later revealed that 17 and 18's true names are (respectively) Lapis and Lazuli.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: In the main timeline, aside from Dr. Gero himself they don't actually kill anyone, just cause mischief, and they pursue Goku more out of boredom than anything else. By the time either of them actually meets Goku, events have long since caused them to abandon the idea of killing him.
  • Older Than They Look: Since their bodies age very slowly.
  • Organic Technology: Their cybernetics are largely organic on a cellular level, rather than mechanical, which is why Cell can absorb them on a similar level as opposed to 16. This may also be why Shenron is unable to restore them to their original human states.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Like all the androids, save for Cell, they have no energy that can be detected, making them nearly impossible to track. They also have an endless power supply meaning that they can never grow tired or weak from fighting too long. The only true way to beat them is to overwhelm them since they will always win a prolonged battle.
  • Pale Females, Dark Males: In addition to having black hair to his sister's blond, 17 also has slightly but still noticeably darker skin than 18.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Their main strength. They have infinite energy generators inside them that prevent them from ever tiring out. In addition, they don't need to eat (but still require hydration).
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Transforming a pair of unwilling test subjects into a more powerful model than you transformed yourself turned out to not be such a good idea for Dr. Gero, and even less so after it's revealed that his "greatest creation", Cell, needs to absorb them to reach his perfect state.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Unlike the versions of themselves from Trunks' Future, the 17 and 18 of the present don't actively cause chaos outside of their goal in trying to hunt down Goku. When they curbstomp the Z-Warriors they leave them alive and leave Krillin unharmed so that he can give them Senzu Beans.
  • Punny Name: As per Dragon Ball tradition, their human names are Lapis (for 17) and Lazuli (18).
  • The Runaway: It's heavily implied they were this prior to getting kidnapped and experimented on by Dr. Gero.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Android 17 is the red oni and Android 18 is the blue oni. While 18 seems to hardly care about fighting at all and only does so when forced, 17, while usually being as stoic as his sister, is almost giddy every time somebody challenges him to a fight during the Android saga, and even more than once proclaims himself to be the strongest Android.
  • Relative Error: At the end of the Cell saga, Krillin revealed that he mistakenly believed that Android 17 and 18 were a couple rather than twins. An annoyed 18 set him right, much to his embarrassment.
  • Rock Theme Naming: Lapis lazuli is a famous type of semi-precious stone, quite beloved for its blue tone.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Both had one originally, until Krillin wished for them to be removed with a request to Shenron.
    • Doesn't stop him from using Chiaotzu and Vegeta's method, but he lucked out and survived it.
  • The Starscream: To Dr. Gero in all timelines. They kill him the first chance they get.
  • The Stoic: They sport a serious, uninterested facial expression most of the time. Aside from looking scared when Cell was pursuing her and smiling a few times when teasing Krillin or together with her family, Android 18 always looks either bored or slightly annoyed in Z, even in situations were everyone else is surprised or distraught (keep in mind that this also includes when Goku had to solemnly inform the Z Fighters that Vegeta and, as they incorrectly believed, Gohan, were killed during the Majin Buu saga), though she defrosts quite some in Super, while when Goku finally met Android 17 during the Universal Survival arc of Super, he turns to be more stoic than before, rarely raising his voice or emoting other than quick smiles. Compared with most characters, including gods, he was barely surprised at all when seeing the Super Saiyan Blue transformation for the first time. However, much like his sister, he is still able to have fun, having a Ham-to-Ham Combat with Ribrianne who considered him evil. 17 and 18's conversations in Super hint at their modifications dulling their emotional responses. It isn't that they aren't capable of feeling emotions, as both of them being Happily Married and being loving parents shows, but both of them have noticed that it is a bit harder for them to experience strong emotions than when they were human.
  • Stone Wall: Their enhancements give them infinite energy, and the fact that they're still mostly human means they can still train to be stronger. As long as their opponents aren't too powerful in comparison, they can win through attrition.
  • Story-Breaker Power:
    • Not only do they have infinite energy, but because they're organic they can train themselves to increase their strength — so long as their opponent isn't stronger by a wide margin, they could practically defeat anyone through endurance alone, to say nothing of the strategic advantage of being nearly undetectable. It's probably no coincidence, then, that Android 18 largely stopped fighting after Cell's defeat, while 17 was Put on a Bus for several years.
    • When they return in Dragon Ball Super, it shows. Android 17 can fight Super Saiyan Blue Goku to a draw (though both were withholding their power), passed through Anilaza'snote  energy ball to attack his weak point, and allowed him to put a prolonged effort against Jiren despite being severely outclassed. Android 18, though not quite on the same level as her brother, certainly isn't too far behind as she easily handled foes that Post-God Base Goku was having trouble with, kicked away a suppressed SSJB Kamehameha without a sweat(albeit so heavily surpressed that it was intended for Krillin), and defeated Ribrianne's most powerful Kaiju-sized form.
    Android 17: [after pretending to be worn out fighting Kakunsa] I'm pretty confident in my stamina.
  • Swallowed Whole: A variation as both 17 and 18 are absorbed by Cell who opens up his tail to consume their bodies whole. Android 17 is the first to be absorbed and 18 follows soon after.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Krillin is genuinely surprised that they, the two androids who caused a Bad Future in one timeline, look just like regular people you see on the street. Justified since (although Krillin didn't know at the time) they're actually cyborgs who are still mostly human.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite being told multiple times by Android 16, Piccolo, Krillin, Trunks and Tien to run from Cell while he was distracted, both of them stayed and 17 was even arrogant enough to believe he could take out Cell until he was absorbed.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: In every timeline and interpretation, the very first thing they do upon activation is kill Dr. Gero.
  • Tragic Villain: They were forcibly made into evil androids by Dr. Gero rather than of their own free will. Neither is very happy with their situation, but have both come to make the most of it.
  • The Unfought: Goku in either timeline never fought them, in the Future timeline due to having died of the heart virus, and in the main timeline because by the time he saw 18, she was already married to Krillin and 17 had become a park ranger. If you count GT, then he technically fought 17 as Super 17. He finally does formally fight 17 in Super, who had continued training while working.
  • Victory by Endurance: Thanks to their Perpetual-Motion Monster ability, they can keep on fighting forever unless severely damaged. Android 18 explicitly kept dodging Vegeta to tire him out during the Cell saga, and the androids are some of the last fighters in the ring during the Tournament of Power because they don't have to worry about stamina whatsoever. 18 sacrifices herself to save Android 17, who proceeds to win the tournament.

    Android 17 

Android 17 (人造人間17号, Jinzou Ningen Juunana-Gou) / Lapis (ラピス, Rapisu)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Shigeru Nakahara
Voiced by (English): Chuck Huber (Funimation); Ted Cole (Z), Ethan Cole (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water); Doug Rand (AB Groupe/"Big Green")
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Genaro Vásquez (Z, Kai The Final Chapters and Super), Rolando de la Fuente (Kai)

Dr. Gero's seventeenth android creation and the twin brother of Android 18, designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku, however, Android 17 ends up killing Gero after the sibling's rebel against him.

After their initial arc, he makes a cameo appearance in Z's final battle. He makes a return a decade later in Super, working as a national park ranger preserving wildlife from poachers when he is asked by Goku to join Team Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power in the Universe Survival Saga.

For the information on Super 17, click here. For the information on Future 17, click here.


  • Ascended Extra: Though he was memorable, he had the least screentime and importance of any Android bar maybe 19, due to being the first absorbed by Cell, and never made a particularly meaningful return for the Buu arc beyond a cameo. He has a brief stint as half of the Arc Villain against his will in GT's shortest arc, but other than that for real-world decades he was pretty untouched. In the Tournament of Power in Super, he has the most screentime of any U7 member that isn't a Saiyan and makes very significant use of nearly all of it, functioning as an integral part of the team long after people expected his run to end. Which he is not only one of the final fighters to last in the tournament, he is the winner and champion.
  • Badass on Paper: While he is definitely a badass, he's in the range of being the 6th to maybe 4th most powerful of the Universe 7 mortals (not an easy feat mind you) and can't win against some of the strongest characters from other universes one on one. This doesn't stop him from currently holding the title of the strongest mortal from 8 of the 12 existing universes.
  • Barrier Warrior: Although Android 18 can do it as well, Android 17 in particular specializes in using barriers composed of Artificial Ki for combative purposes. The Tournament of Power arc of Super actually turns it into 17's Signature Move.
  • Become a Real Boy: His behavior in Super suggests he misses the range of emotion being human allowed despite the power being an android gave him. 18 even points out to him that he loves human emotions and actions. His interactions with the Love Freak Universe 2 show him enjoying their wearing their emotions on their sleeves. During his Heroic Suicide to protect Goku and Vegeta, he self-destructs glad knowing that he's giving up everything for the two of them is a human emotion, and tells them to make use of him giving up time he could've spent on a boat with his wife and children.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Is actually the younger brother to 18, but in the Tournament of Power he has her back all the time.
  • Bishōnen: Eerily attractive in a "perfect porcelain doll" way. Even Trunks describes him as "an effeminately beautiful young man" to the Z-warriors in their pre-battle debriefing.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Brunette to Android 16's Redhead and Android 18's Blonde.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In GT, he is brainwashed by Hell Fighter 17, an Evil Knockoff of him created by Dr. Gero and Gero's Suspiciously Similar Substitute in GT, Dr. Myu, into fusing with Hell Fighter 17 to create Super 17, a supreme fighting Android.
  • Break Them by Talking: Knowing he stands no chance in a full-out power struggle against Jiren, 17 prods his sensitive past to throw Jiren off his game and it works when he hits a nerve.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • In Dragon Ball GT where he becomes a villain as Super 17.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, he joins the main cast's tournament team for the Universe Survival Saga.
  • Call to Agriculture: He became a park ranger after the Cell Saga.
  • Cavalier Competitor: Of the first variety. Even keeps some of this as Super 17.
  • Character Development: He's still a little self centered when he's reintroduced in Super even if he is much nicer about it. He takes some convincing to join the Tournament of Power, as he doesn't even care if the world ends even if it means he and his family won't exist anymore and accepts it as the natural order of things. He initially refuses to leave his island because he doesn't care about anything other than protecting the animals there from poachers and entering the tournament would just be an annoying interruption to his fulfilling lifestyle. Even if he won the tournament, he decides to selfishly wish for a family cruise mostly because it is all he could think of that he wanted and partly because he thinks it would be interesting to use the wish for something comically mundane. By the end of the Tournament of Power, not only does he care about what happens to Universe 7 and the rest of the Z Fighters, he even now feels sympathy for universes other than own to the point where he decides to be selfless and help them by using the wish to bring them back instead of using the Dragon Balls for himself, unknowingly passing Zeno's test of mortals' capacity for good. This saves not only the erased universes but all of existence. He and 18 admit he's only become like that because of Goku.
  • Combat Medic: Downplayed. In the Tournament of Power, he notices 18 had injured her ankle and immediately sets to bind it with a section of his shirt sleeve. He attributes this to his experience treating animals on the island, which included a lot of injured legs.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the Tournament of Power, he outright attacks Brianne, Sanka, and Suu as they're in the middle of transforming into their Magical Girl forms. This follows with a hilarious scene with them, Toppo, and even Goku calling him out for interrupting their transformation.
  • Cool Uncle: He acts very friendly and nice with his niece Marron.
  • Deflector Shield: The first (canonical) character to use one. He most notoriously used in Z to nullify Piccolo's Hellzone Grenade, and by the time of Super it could be considered his Signature Move, using it to nullify even a Kamehameha from a suppressed Super Saiyan Blue Goku, and several more times during the Universal Tournament.
  • Disney Death: The self-destruct he used actually did not kill him. It only knocked him out throughout most of Goku and Vegeta's fight with Jiren.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While programmed to kill Goku, 17 doesn't harm innocent people, and is outright disgusted at Cell's sadism. His programming was also completely ineffective anyway and he only hunted Goku out of boredom.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Subverted with 17, who killed Gero, but didn't do anything evil afterward other than trying to kill Goku for sport, which he failed to do since Cell absorbed him. Afterward, he went his way and became a park ranger.
  • Evil Knockoff: Hell Fighter 17 in GT.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In episode 127 of Super, Android 17 self-destructs to save Vegeta and Goku from elimination. He comments of how human it feels to sacrifice himself for others.
    • Though it turns out he survived his own explosion just like Vegeta did, though 17 himself wasn't sure if he would live through it.
  • Famous Last Words: "Sacrificing myself for others... I kind of like how human that sounds." Subverted when he lives to tell the tale.
  • Foil: To Son Goku, the very being he was programmed to destroy. They both enjoy the challenge and the thrill of battle, both are never-back-down types, smiling is seemingly second nature to both of them as well, and both were sent out for destruction but would much rather just have adventures and test/show off their strength. However, whereas Goku got all of his power through sheer hard work, 17 was first powered through Organic Technology. Plus he has a Vegeta-sized ego, is likely not as reluctant to kill a worthy opponent, and his somewhat cool attitude doesn't lend as well to making friends as Goku's absolute zest for life. Furthermore, 17 and Goku were both renamed out of one Punny Theme Naming structure into another by an old man — they were born Lapis and Kakarot, respectively. However, from the circumstances and purposes of this to the old guys' general nature, Dr. Gero could not be more different from the Elder Son Gohan if he tried. Ironically, in Super 17 becomes more serious about being a protector of Earth, taking on a job as the sole line of defense between a royal nature preserve and poachers who would come after its most valuable rare species while Goku, for the most part, gets increasingly focused on honing and testing his combat skills above anything else. 18 herself even lampshades how the two are alike. Also, just like Goku, he loves to train and improve himself to become the strongest, which is implied to be yet another reason he took the ranger job. He can train all he wants in the middle of nowhere like Goku would LOVE to be able to do and has spent the time since the Android saga doing so, leading to him perfecting the powers of his Android tech and contesting Buu and Gohan for the spot of third strongest Z Fighter. As a point of comparison, 17's first confrontation with Ribrianne from Universe 2 mirrored Goku's first confrontation with Toppo from Universe 11, with their opponents considering them evil, which they react with an "So I'm evil huh?" and playing along. Both also considered the fighting style of the Kamikaze Fireballs "worth studying".
  • Fluffy Tamer: In the Dragon Ball Super manga he's shown to have tamed the seven Cell Juniors that had regenerated after Gohan was believed to have killed them during the Cell Games. They now help him defend the island from poachers and are friendly toward anyone with ranger tags on their shoulders. It's implied this is how he became so strong.
  • Happily Married: Toriyama recently said that after the Cell Saga, 17 ends up marrying a zoologist and having three kids, two of them adopted. Super reveals that he had to work away from his family because he has to protect rare species on the island he was on. He does own a cellphone, so contacting them isn't an issue for him. With Bulma's assistance, he spends his celebration on a Capsule Corp luxury ship with his family while calling Krillin and his sister on his phone.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Offscreen, after being brought back to life, he makes an honest living as a remote park ranger, trains in his spare time, and joins Team Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power after initially refusing for selfless reasons. The only time he goes back on this is the Super 17 arc in the non-canon GT, and he had a pretty fair reason there. In fact, he goes on to become one of the most selfless characters in the franchise, using his life to protect endangered species, and uses an intended suicide attack to defend Goku and Vegeta.
  • Heroes' Frontier Step: Android 17 did this when he at first sacrifice himself so his teammates can survive, then when he win the tournament he use his wish to bring back all the Universes that were erased.
  • Heroic Neutral: He initially passes up Goku's invite to represent Universe 7 in the Tournament of Power because he doesn't want to abandon his post. Justified because it's his job to protect the island, the last Minotaur is there, and the poachers are so determined to get the Minotaur's horns that they'd even use military-grade weaponry to take him down (which probably cost more than the horns would give), running the risk of destroying all the wildlife on the island.
    • Averted in the manga version, where he immediately accepts knowing that Krillin is going to fight too.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Blows himself up in an attempt to defend his team to buy Goku and Vegeta time. He survives.
  • Hidden Depths: His ultimate desire, however, was to travel around the world with his family in a luxury cruise ship should he ever get a wish on the Super Dragon Balls. He gets that wish, but it's not what you'd expect. He actually used his real wish to resurrect the fallen universes.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: By the Buu Saga, Android 17 becomes a park ranger at a nature reserve and eventually uses a gun to hold up some random people, which was actually a way to unknowingly let them give Goku's Spirit Bomb enough power to defeat Kid Buu by raising their hands.
  • Humble Hero:
    • Doesn't care for money unlike his sister, and tells Goku that he is happy with his normal salary.
    • Rather than using his own wish to sail across the world in a luxury cruise ship with his family, he chooses to resurrect the fallen universes.
  • I Owe You My Life: Part of the reason 17 agrees to take part of the Tournament of Power in Super is because he feels indebted to Krillin for having the explosives removed from both himself and 18.
  • Informed Flaw: 18 notes that between Goku and 17, they both have an immature side. In Super it's difficult to see this element at first glance, but it's quickly evident that he does like to mess with people.
  • It Amused Me: His initial "interaction" with Krillin. Right after killing Dr. Gero, he silently gestures to Krillin to come closer to him. Krillin is initially too frightened to confront him, but eventually slowly does, and all #17 does is raise himself to get a panicked reaction out of him before he turned his interest elsewhere. Vegeta later mocked Krillin for confirming to #17 he's not a threat to him. His tendency to mess around in fights comes up often in Super, where he's just as likely as Goku to go easy on his opponents for shits and giggles. It's also implied that his own amusement is a small part of why he likes the idea of wasting the all-powerful Super Dragon Balls to wish for cruise tickets for his family.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The positive kind. Having outlasted Goku, Frieza, and Jiren, 17 chooses to resurrect the fallen universes. He gets his wish to sail around the world as his other consolation prize.
  • The Leader: Out of the trio he made with Androids 18 and 16, he's the one that makes all the decisions, and 18 and 16 just let him have his way. 18 in their interactions after reuniting doesn't play along with him much anymore and sees his mischief as him being a Manchild.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: His hair is a little longer than most other male characters in the series.
  • Made of Iron: Taken Up to Eleven. That self-destruct ki explosion that supposedly killed him? He lived through it.
  • Nature Hero: What 17 becomes as a park ranger. He lives by himself on a small island, protecting it fiercely from poachers even if they come from space. While he tries not to kill anyone, he isn't afraid to spill blood or sacrifice himself.
  • Nature Lover: As strong as he is, he refused to go all out with Goku because he didn't want the island he is protecting to be destroyed.
  • Nature Loving Robot: To a lesser extent, as he's a cyborg rather than an actual robot, Android 17 qualifies once the Cell Games are over, as he becomes a Park Ranger. By the time of Dragon Ball Super it's apparent he spends most of his time in the woods, and rarely interacts with other people - never even having visited his twin sister. Dende brings up 17's ranger duty as an example of how he's become more peaceful.
  • Nerves of Steel: Faced down by a newly ascended God of Destruction? 17 doesn't show an inch of fear and doesn't back down.
    • He's completely unfazed when he decides to use an attack like Vegeta's final explosion and has no idea if he would be able to survive or not. His reaction to surviving it a few episodes later when he regains consciousness and comes out of hiding boiled down to an equally stoic "Huh, I didn't think I would still be alive."
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Unlike his future counterpart who relishes in murder and terror, main timeline 17 enjoys himself much more when he's got an even fight on his hands as opposed to a Curb-Stomp Battle, even leaving his defeated opponents alive so they can come back stronger and fight him again in the latter case. He also only follows his programmed directive to seek and destroy Goku for the sake of something entertaining to do, which he makes clear by deliberately sacrificing efficiency for fun in this hunt.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: His reaction to Brianne, Sanka and Suu's transformation into their Magical Girl forms is to blast them while they're in the middle of their Transformation Sequence. This easily gets him on the top of their shit list.
  • Not Quite Dead: He survives his suicide attack during the Tournament of Power, but is presumed dead for several episodes.
  • Not So Above It All: During his fight with Ribrianne, he shows that he's not above her Magical Girl antics, acting like a character in a magical girl show to humor her. After getting told off for interrupting the transformation, he clearly decided to just have fun with the whole thing of beating all of them anyway.
    Krillin: Surprisingly, No. 17 enjoys kidding around.
  • Not So Different: To Piccolo. Both were created by villains who hated and wanted to destroy Goku, however they both turned out nicer than intended and eventually completely redeem themselves. As the ultimate sign of their change, they both pulled a Heroic Sacrifice for someone else, for Piccolo it was Gohan, while for 17 it was Goku and Vegeta.
  • Physical God: By Super, he's grown in power to such a degree that he's able to clash with post God Goku, even in Super Saiyan Blue. Granted, Goku was holding back, but so was 17.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: He intends to kill Goku just to "have fun", intentionally decides to not ask Krillin where Goku is as well to waste time driving instead of flying straight there all because it's "part of the game", has a tendency to go off in terms of a shortcut just because he thinks its fun, and actually treated holding up some hunters as being like a game, claiming they won. The last part was justified, however, as he was trying to get them to contribute to Goku's Spirit Bomb. He eventually loses these mindsets in Super because he takes his job very seriously.
  • Put on a Bus: In the manga, 17 was never seen again after being absorbed by Cell other than a brief cameo towards the end of the Buu Saga, giving Goku energy for the Spirit Bomb against Kid Buu. He finally returned during the Universal Survival arc.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When Belmod asks, he says he plans to use the Super Dragon Balls to go on a trip with his family in a cruiser. It's unclear whether or not he's serious or just trolling again.
    • He actually uses them to bring the other universes back.
  • Refusal of the Call: He initially refused Goku's proposal to fight in the Tournament of Power, even after knowing the Universe is at stake. He passes it on saying if the universe is to die and everyone erased together, "so be it," and wished Goku luck. He does eventually relent in the anime when Goku helps him save some animals, while in the manga version he doesn't want to enter until he learns that Krillin is participating, after that he immediately accepts.
  • Secret Test of Character: He ends up undergoing one as per Zeno's plan to test the worthiness of all mortals due to 17 being the winner of the Tournament of Power. Because his wish was to bring back the other universes and not a selfish wish, Zeno decides that the multiverse deserves to exist, saving the entire world of Dragon Ball. It's implied that he really was going to use the Super Dragon Balls to wish for something petty like a boat at first, but he changed his mind after being around Goku.
  • The Smart Guy: During the Universe Survival arc, he ends up fitting this in practice even more than Krillin, Gohan, and (arguably) even Piccolo. He takes full advantage of his infinite energy, is the only person who even thinks to attack people mid-transformation sequence - out of a cast that generally subscribes to Honor Before Reason - and uses his powers/the ring itself in ways nobody else even thinks of. He was also the one to deduce the secret of Universe 4's second "invisible" warrior, after he'd already managed to eliminate aforementioned Piccolo.
  • Smug Super: He openly declared to Cell that he was the strongest in the world, and arrogantly believed that he could beat him. He loses this trait by Super where he admits that Goku could have probably beat him back then after their sparring match. He's still pretty smug against people that he knows for sure that he can beat, however.
  • Stone Wall: Android 16 says he and Piccolo are equal in power level. Piccolo thinks 17 might be faster than him and is surprised by his barrier, but also says that 17 doesn't hit very hard. Cell's power level is too much higher for 17's defenses (or Piccolo's superior offense) to matter though. Super shows that he's upped his offensive game, but he still defaults to tanking an enemies' offense until he finds an exploitable weakness. This works quite well for him, as he fights several high level fighters without taking any damage, and takes a couple of beyond Goku fighters off guard by simply charging straight through their best energy blasts.
  • Suicide Attack: Attempts to blow himself up to dispel Jiren's blast that would have ringed out Goku and Vegeta. Though miraculously he survives this. He actually does it again after he realizes that he take it. This time he does it to Jiren at point blank range with his shield to hold in the blast. 17 gets up after that, Jiren is almost eliminated because of how injured he was. If it wasn't for Toppo's speech, Frieza would have eliminated before he stood back up.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He gives one to Jiren about dwelling on the past that only the Dragon Balls can change that gets cut off early when he hits a nerve.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Despite the many years he has been out of focus between Z and Super, he reveals he hasn't slacked off, and is much stronger than before, getting one of the biggest power boosts in the franchise. His shield alone manages to protect him from a Kamehameha from a suppressed Super Saiyan Blue Goku. Goku and Dende agree that it would be terrifying to have him as an enemy. Then he becomes one of the stars for Universe 7 during the Tournament of Power: He's eliminated a lot of opponents, has always assisted his allies, has figured out critical weaknesses at clutch times and is one of the last four fighters standing, even outlasting the likes of Toppo, Gohan, and Vegeta.
    • As of episode 131, he can even call himself the strongest fighter in the multiverse, as his right as the Tournament of Power's champion . That's right: he outlasted Frieza, Jiren, and GOKU.
  • Tranquil Fury: He threatens a poacher by bending the barrel of his gun, telling him take care of nature or become one with it. When the animals under his care are kidnapped by an intergalactic poacher, he maintains his composure almost all the way through it up to the point he attempts a Heroic Sacrifice via sucking him into space.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: He defies this trope whenever possible, actively attacking others while they are charging attacks or in the middle of transforming.
  • Troll:
    • When a pissed off Ribrianne labels him as evil during their fight, he decides to play along and goad her into attacking while putting on some theatrics.
    • 17 holds back massively against Kakunsa to make her believe he was getting tired, just to see her reaction when she saw that he wasn't even trying.
    • It's implied that a lot of the reason he wants to wish for a cruise is just because he thinks it would be hilarious to use the Super Dragon Balls for something so incredibly mundane, although he does legitimately want to go on one. In the end, he changes his mind and does the right thing by using the balls to save the defeated universes. As a result, he unknowingly saves all of the Dragon Ball Multiverse.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • He gravely underestimates Cell and believes that he can take him in a fight. After being proven wrong 17 still wants to try again on the reasoning Cell should be weaker after fighting 16. He gets Eaten Alive for his stupidity.
    • In the Universal Tournament, he's the underestimated badass in several fights. When he was then ambushed by an opponent while trying to aid his sister, he knocks out the poor fellow off-screen.
    • Jiren fails to realize that 17 can create ki bombs that are actually strong enough to cause serious damage, something Ultra Instinct Goku had been able to do, until after 17 burns a small chunk of his uniform and skin to a crisp. He treats 17 much more seriously afterward, but it doesn't stop 17 from doing it to him again. The second time Jiren realizes the danger, but 17 almost knocks him unconscious with the explosion.
  • Unfazed Everyman: What he basically becomes after the Android Saga: 17 simply settles down with a family, gets a job, and outside of apparently keeping up with his training doesn't really get involved in the whole "saving the world" business like the other Z-fighters. By the time he is participating in the Tournament of Power, nothing really gets a rise out of him, not even having to fight a God of Destruction. He is enjoying the experience, however, as his fights with the Fireballs show.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Upon his debut, he primarily overwhelmed opponents using brute strength and endless stamina, but was very reckless in his fighting style and had a tendency to leave himself open. Someone who happened to have both the strength and skill (like Piccolo after fusing with Kami) could prove to be quite a challenge for him, to the point where they lampshaded during one interval that the fight would come down to whether 17 first makes a critical mistake or Piccolo tires out before that. This gets averted in Super where he Took a Level in Badass, seemingly training and learning how to use his android abilities to their full potential over a decade, allowing him to shoot all the way to god tier.
  • Warrior Therapist: He attempts to invoke this on Jiren by saying that Jiren was using his friends for his own benefit. Unfortunately for him, Jiren's response is Talk to the Fist.
  • World's Strongest Man: By Super, Android 17 could technically be considered the strongest Earthling. Granted, he is a cyborg, so comparing him to the likes of Krillin and Tien wouldn't be fair, which is probably why Toriyama considers Krillin the strongest 'human'. But as far as is known his android design was still created using entirely Earthly materials, and by Super, he's basically become god tier, enough to clash with Super Saiyan Blue Goku. If nothing else, the summaries outright say he's the strongest Android by a gigantic margin.
    • By virtue of winning the Tournament of Power, 17 is technically the strongest mortal in the entire multiverse. Though he'd probably rank seventh at highest in terms of actual power level behind at least Goku, Jiren, Vegeta, Toppo, Frieza, and Broly, 17 certainly survived through enough that he can at least be called the most resilient mortal in the multiverse.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Piccolo. They even briefly team up when Cell interrupts their fight. To expound on this, 17's arrogance could rival Vegeta's. After Piccolo saves him from Cell, he even thanks him for the help, showing that he no longer considers him an inferior (like everyone else in existence).
    • He and Goku later have this experience in Super after crossing fists for the first time when Goku comes to recruit 17 for the Tournament of Power.
    • In a lesser vein, he does compliment Kakunsa before ringing her out, saying her aggressive fighting style was worth studying.
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    Android 18 

Android 18 (人造人間18号, Jinzou Ningen Juuhachi-Gou) / Lazuli (ラズリ, Razuri)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Miki Ito
Voiced by (English): Meredith McCoy, Colleen Clinkenbeard (Kai) (Funimation); Enuka Okuma (Z), Jennifer Bain (GT) (Ocean/Blue Water); Sharon Mann (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Tamara Ryan (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Cristina Camargo (Z, Battle of Gods, Resurrection ‘F’), Mónica Villaseñor (Bio-Broly, Kai The Final Chapters and Super), Lourdes Morán (GT), Jocelyn Robles (Kai)

Dr. Gero's eighteenth android creation and the twin sister of Android 17, designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku. After the androids' first bout with the Z Fighters, 18 comes across a frightened Krillin and kisses him on a whim. He falls for her after this, and she reciprocates after he wishes away the duo's self-destruct devices, ensuring that they can never be controlled by someone else again. Eventually, Android 18 becomes an on-and-off supporting character after this, becoming a member of the Z Fighters, as well as the wife of Krillin and the mother of their daughter Marron.

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  • Action Girl: One of the only women who can compete with the Z fighters and was able to beat three Super Saiyans.
  • Action Mom: Despite giving birth to Marron, she's still a force to be reckoned with, if you give her a good reason to kick your ass. At first, she was considerably stronger than your base Super Saiyan, yet by the Universe Survival Saga is handling foes who can cause some trouble to base form Goku (which is much stronger than Z-era SSJ3 by that point).
  • Adaptational Badass: Well, kinda. In Resurrection ‘F’ she stated she should go and help fight against the revived Freiza because she was stronger then most of the people there, including Krillin, who acknowledges she's correct. In Super however, she instead say's she's stronger than all of the people going to fight Freiza, implying that in Super, 18 somehow managed to get stronger then Piccolo and Gohan.
  • Alto Villainess: When done by Miki Ito and Meredith McCoy, the latter even references this while doing her voice.note .
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other:
    • She may act cold and distant, but she dearly loves her husband. She smiles tenderly at Krillin as she patches him up after he stupidly asked Goku to punch him and she wants to fight alongside him against Frieza since she fears for his life.
    • Episode 68 of Dragon Ball Super has her being the only one aside from Gohan with a remotely selfless reason for wanting Goku to let her have the second wish; she wants to get something she can give to Krillin as a present, to thank him for all he's done for her and Marron. The lovestruck expression on her face when Bulma reminds her that Krillin would probably want some quality time with his wife and daughter really shows how much they love each other.
    • In Episode 117 of Super, she defeats Ribrianne with The Power of Love for Krillin. That should say volumes about her feelings.
    • She really does care for her twin brother despite that she barely bothers to contact him and usually treats with a mixture of sarcasm and annoyance. She eliminates herself from the tournament to keep him from falling off, bursts into tears when he seemingly dies, and is more than relieved when this isn't actually the case.
  • Berserk Button: Don't diss Krillin, or suggest that she doesn't love him. Ribrianne got her butt kicked for making that mistake. This works retroactively, as well; she gets furious when she confronts Frieza in Dragon Ball FighterZ because he killed Krillin long ago.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: You got to hand it to No. 18 for being quite the cunning bitch. She makes it to the final round of the World Martial Arts Tournament, clearly out-classing the "champion" Mr. Satan, but rather than beating him up and taking the title (which would draw unwanted attention), she decides to throw the fight in exchange for double this tournament's prize money and a cut of all future prize money Hercule ever earns.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The Blonde to Android 17's Brunette and Android 16's Redhead.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Her hair comes up close to her chin. She cuts it even shorter when Marron is in her early teens.
  • Character Tic: She tends to move the left side of her hair behind her left ear.
  • Characterization Marches On: Weirdly in the events to both the Buu Saga and Super. In the Buu Saga, she acts very type A Tsundere to Krillin and a Manipulative Bitch, and the Tsundere personality carried over to the final tournament of the series. In Super however, she is a lot nicer and shown smiling while tending Krillin's injury by Goku (because he wanted to know strong he's gotten). By the time Resurrection ‘F’ arc occurs, as Krillin flies off, she whispers to herself "So cool…".
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • In Bio-Broly, at least to the extent that she wasn't really happy with the Hot Scientist hugging Krillin.
    • Also, in some of the fighting games, she also expresses heavy disapproval of Zangya from Bojack Unbound eyeing Krillin.
      Zangya: Your man's kinda cute.
      18: Skank.
    • She also shows displeasure when Krillin and Yamcha talk about Android 21 in Dragon Ball FighterZ; specifically, when Yamcha wonders if Krillin has a thing for female androids.
  • Colossus Climb: In the Tournament of Power, she has to take this approach to defeat Ribrianne's Kaiju-sized form, since the rules forbid ki-based flight.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In general, if there's a way to quickly end a fight, she'll take it. One of her favorite moves is a punishing kick to the elbow designed specifically to shatter arm bones, for example. In the Tournament of Power, Cocette is inside her dimensional ball and would take a lot of power to overcome, but 18 instead picks it up and tosses them both out of the ring. She also fries Tupper's back with Ki blasts until he let go of Goku, a move that even her opponents thought was ruthless.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • Come on, her interactions with Muten Roshi are pure gold.
    • And her interactions with Mr. Satan... or at least Trunks and Goten enjoy it; Krillin is worried she might hurt him.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • The movie Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly gives her a lot more screen-time.
    • She also helps Goku defeat Super 17 in GT.
    • Episode 117 in Super gives this to her and 17, though more so her than her brother.
    • Dragon Ball FighterZ gives her and 17 their own scenario which explores their history, alongside the main story for the Z-Fighters and Frieza's gag-themed Villain Episode.
  • Defiant to the End: No matter how stronger her enemy may be, she will try and hurt them to the end, even trying to punch Semi-Perfect Cell after being sucked in by his tail.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Very gradual, but it's there. She's still stand-offish and blunt during the Buu saga, but come Dragon Ball Super she's much more relaxed among her husband's friends, and even smiles a whole lot more. By the time of Future Trunks' reappearance she's pretty much defrosted completely; her first reaction to seeing him is to smile warmly and make a lighthearted joke about him killing her alternate self. This is played up to contrast the 18 Trunks' remembers.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Super manga drops her off in focus heavily, to the point where she barely appears at all. The manga version of the Tournament of Power is noticeable for this reason, as she was only shown fighting a couple of Universe 2 warriors and eventually, the Maiden Squadron. She overpowers them and gets ready to take them out until Gamisaras from Universe 4 jumps in and does a sneak attack on her, knocking her out. In contrast, the anime take has her last until the second to last Universe is left for Universe 7 to defeat, and she does very well overall by comparison.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: She was introduced as an independent villain alongside her brother, but had mostly retired to a more peaceful lifestyle by the time of the Buu arc, just like her husband Krillin. This doesn't mean that she can't fight when she has to — in both the Battle of Gods movie and Dragon Ball Super, she's one of the ones at Bulma's party who try to stop Beerus' rampage, and in Resurrection ‘F’ and Super points out to Krillin that she could fight in his place against Frieza's forces because, when one comes down to it, she's still much more powerful than he is. Subverted in the Universe Survival arc where she lasts much longer and helps much more than Krillin (something he even lampshades). She also stays more important than Krillin even after being eliminated, being the one most pained when 17 detonates himself to protect Goku and Vegeta.
  • Designated Girl Fight:
    • Averted in both Z and GT, since she fought only against males (Vegeta, Cell, 17, and some tournament fighters).
    • Played straight during the Tournament of Power of Super, however, by fighting three of the female fighters of the tournament, besides other members:
      • She fights Universe 11 Pride Trooper Cocotte during the first minutes of the Tournament. While the fight didn't go anywhere, 18 is also the one to take her down thanks to Cocotte being trapped in her own dimensional shield from her fighting the Universe 6 Saiyans.
      • She fights Universe 9 fighter Sorel off-screen, and takes her out without no one noticing.
      • She is the warrior to take down Universe 2 fighter Ribrianne, someone who loved to boast about love, with her love for Krillin as motivation.
  • Doting Parent: To Marron, one of the few people besides Krillin who has made her smile.
  • Dude Magnet: Obviously Krillin falls for her, Trunks mentions her beauty early on, she gets hit on by Roshi more than once, and gets hit on by a guy at a tournament during the Buu saga.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Krillin for her.
  • The Fashionista: Loves to shop and doesn't shy away from other people's wardrobes, either, going through Chi-Chi's clothes when they stop off at Goku's house.
  • A God I Am: Played for Laughs during Universe 2's Last Stand, where she shows she's Not So Above It All to play along with her brother.
    Android 18: And I am Android 18! The goddess of Universe 7 who defeated the goddess Ribrianne!
  • Good Parents: Despite her flaws, she is a very caring mother to Marron.
  • Happily Married: To Krillin. They even have a daughter together.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: It doesn't cost her her life, but in Episode 121 of Dragon Ball Super, she saves a falling Android 17 from being eliminated by kicking him back up to the stage, causing her to fall out of bounds herself.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Partially justified by her formerly being human before Gero got through with her, but by the time Marron is a teenager, she's perfectly content being a mother and wife. This comes full circle when Android 17 dismisses her and her emotional ties with the insult of "stupid human" in GT. In Super she states that she knows this trope happened to her and how much 17 wishes that it was more infectious for him.
  • Idiot Ball: The sheer number of times various characters tell her to get lost because Cell is nearby, only for 18 to stand there gawking in fear, really needs to be seen to be believed. She at least has the excuse that she'd just seen her brother die in front of her and wasn't in a great state of mind, but really.
  • Informed Ability: 18 herself claims in the Resurrection ‘F’ Saga of Super that she's stronger than all the other people going to fight against the revived Freiza. We never see 18 do anything that otherwise proves her claim right... at least until the Universe Survival Saga, where she effortlessly picks up Tupper with one hand (whose weight density was giving Base Goku trouble) and tosses him toward the edge of the ring, giving credibility to this claim.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: A coincidental example. Meredith McCoy bears a positively spooky resemblance to 18, especially around the time when she was actually doing the series. A Google image search for "Meredith McCoy Android 18" will bring up enough pictures to show just how similar they look. This is coincidental because Toriyama designed 18 and drew her in the manga years before the English dub of the anime was ever recorded.
  • Luminescent Blush: Sports a deep one when Bulma tells her that Krillin's most likely answer if asked want he wants from her is probably "As long as I have 18 and Marron, I'm happy." Seeing her blush like that is even rarer than seeing her smile.
  • Mama Bear: You're in deep shit if you think of screwing with her daughter.
  • Manipulative Bitch: It's how she cons Hercule out of his prize money plus interest in the tournament.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While not as sexualised as the first female characters, it's clear that the series finds 18 as ridiculously attractive. In the Buu saga filler 18's breasts especially get focus in a interaction with Master Roshi and there was this scene in GT.
  • Ms. Vice Girl: After her Heel–Face Turn, she becomes rather fixated on becoming rich. In Battle of Gods and its adaptation in Dragon Ball Super for example she's rather interested in the bingo prizes at Bulma's birthday. This particular example is likely due to the second place prize being a big castle, which her family can move into instead of living at Kame House on a small island with Roshi and Oolong. Though later on it's shown she and Krillin bought a nice house in the city but she still keeps this trait.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Despite her cold demeanor she does get her share of goofy moments, mostly when money or prizes are concerned. See her moment in the Resurrection ‘F’ movie, where she watches her husband fly off to battle and help his friends against Frieza's forces, and says that "he's so cool."
    • She channels a bit of her brother's trolling attitude when she decides to scare Future Trunks for no reason other than her own amusement.
    • Does it again during the Universe Survival Arc where she goes along #17 playful attitude against the Universe 2 fighters, calling herself a goddess for defeating Ribrianne in a Large Ham kind of way. She also joined 17 in (unsuccessfully) pressuring Goku in attempt to make him do the same. Krillin lampshades how out of character it is for her.
  • Not So Stoic: Even 18 looks a little mortified after watching Cell absorb Android 17.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Her first main outfit has this one.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: 18 sees past Krillin's shortness and noselessness for the decent guy he is. And perhaps to show she's really loyal to him, she is completely unfazed when Chick Magnet Jewel attempted to flirt with her during the 25th World Tournament.
  • Stepford Snarker: Subverted. While 18 may come off as cold, she's not really depressed, but she's very sarcastic.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Her cold and distant demeanor tends to thaw when she's around her husband and daughter.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: Because she ages much more slowly than a normal human. She does look slightly older by the time GT rolls around, if only because she cut her hair and her choice in clothes isn't as youthful anymore.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: To Krillin. Though it's really more of a "Tiny Guy, Average-sized girl". Android 18 isn't particularly tall, Krillin's just short.
  • Tomboy: Loves fighting and is never seen with a dress on.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She enjoys fighting, but she also loves shopping and dressing nice.
  • Took a Level in Badass:
    • Between the Cell and Buu sagas, Krillin taught her the Destructo Disc.
    • By the Universe Survival Saga, she's powerful enough to fight next to Post-God Goku and hold her own, being at the least stronger than his base form and able to kick away a suppressed SSJB Kamehameha. She even has one of the highest elimination numbers out of the entire tournament. For reference the Supreme Kai, who is around as strong as Cell was in his perfect form, shuts up on the spot when she tells him to.
  • Took a Level in Cheerfulness: In Super, to the point where she's even laughing and making jokes. She even mimics a Magical Girl villainess with her brother.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Also, in Super, Android 18 offers to go with Krillin to fight Frieza after Krillin laments that he won't be killed a second time by the same person. In the movie, she offers to takes Krillin's place because she's much stronger than him and therefor will be more useful. Here, the offer is done more out of concern for his life. This also shows development for her character since she is more willing to show her concern for her husband when before she tries to hide behind an air of indifferent. Her brother even outright points this out in the Tournament of Power.
  • Tsundere:
    • 18 has more dere-dere moments in the anime, particularly GT, as well as Resurrection ‘F’ and Super, in which she even finds herself musing at one point that Krillin is "so cool". On the other hand, in the "Universe Survival" Saga, 18 scolded Krillin for letting his guard down, resulting in his elimination, and reminded him of all the money he spent on training equipment, with the latter apologizing as a result.
    • She acts more or less in this way towards Goku, as well. She gets annoyed at his stupidity but she still treats him like a brother-in-law and they are good friends.
    • She's also always been like this towards 17. She frequently gets pissed at him but she also becomes emotionally wrecked when Cell absorbed him and cries her eyes out when he blows himself up to stop Jiren's attack.
  • Twitchy Eye: Happen once in a filler scene in the Buu Saga, when Master Roshi has a chance to sexually harass her.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: To Krillin. You may or may not find him ugly, but Krillin doesn't have a nose. Just don't point this out to her, as Ribrinne learned the hard way.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Has the raw power to overwhelm Vegeta in an endurance match, but doesn't seem to have much finesse or style. Case in point: she accidentally scores the highest on the punching machine (at the start of the Buu arc) because said raw power is difficult to control. Or, it could be because she simply did not care much like Vegeta who broke the punching bag. This gives another aspect to her and Krillin's Opposites Attract relationship, as he's Weak, but Skilled. They seem to have worked on it a little, as she finished her tourney match with Mighty Mask using a Kienzan — notedly not to kill, but to expose "him" as Trunks and Goten pulling a Totem Pole Trench.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Inverted. Had Android 18 decided that directly winning the tournament prize money was more worth it (and she could easily do it), Mr. Satan would lose credibility and he would have failed in using his fame to empower Goku's Spirit Bomb and then cost him the fight against Evil Buu. Thanks to her more cunning but selfish, money-minded act, she inadvertently set up the events to save the world by letting Mr. Satan keep his fame.
    • An inversion happens again the in the Universe Survival saga: instead of 17 being ringed out, 18 took the fall for him and sent him back into the ring, eliminating herself. Because of this, 17 would go on to help the remaining U7 members defeat Aniraza (particularly his attacking it's reactor), give his all in the battles against Toppo and Jiren, and ultimately not only win the tournament, but have his wish to restore the erased universes save all of existence. Had she not saved her brother, there's little telling what differences might've occurred, nor who would've taken his place/given his wish as the tournament winner, which the fate of everything hinged on.
  • When She Smiles: She actually has a genuinely beautiful smile, which Krillin tries to bring out as much as possible. While not readily apparent in the original series or the movies, come the Battle of Gods and Resurrection F movies, and Dragon Ball Super, any scene where she's with her family there's sure to be a part where she does this. Even Future Trunks thinks so when they meet in Super and her Luminescent Blush scene in Episode 68 of Super evokes the spirit of this trope, even if the smile only comes later for a different reason.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Played for Laughs when she participates in a World Tournament and the announcer is understandably baffled at her name being "Number 18", to which she answers that "My father was pretty dull..." Then it turns out that her still-bizarre-but-less-so real name is Lazuli.
  • World's Strongest Woman: It wouldn't be an exaggeration to call her one of the most dangerous women in the series. She's certainly the only one to win against main characters in a fair fight, in addition to being the first person to defeat a healthy super Saiyan in general, which is a really impressive feat when you consider the series's legendary power-creep. She officially claims this title by being the only female character representing Universe 7. She also proves to be one of their more reliable fighters, only dropping out right before the final round in order to save 17, but not because she was actually defeated. The only female characters that aren't Gods or Angels that are for sure stronger than her is Kefla, Kale, and potentially Caulifla, and even then, those three are Saiyans, meaning its even more impressive. Cocotte, the female Pride Trooper, is also a possibility; they seem about evenly matched in their brief clash in the anime with different specialties (barriers and infinite stamina), and never directly clash in the manga (though Cocotte being able to somewhat hurt a tired SS Kale, who even in her heavily reduced state was miles above 18, suggests she'd have the edge in that continuity).

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