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Son Gohan (孫 悟飯)

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Voiced by (Japanese): Masako Nozawa
Kid Gohan voiced by (English): Stephanie Nadolny (Dragon Ball, Z and GT), Colleen Clinkenbeard (Kai) (Funimation); Saffron Henderson, Jillian Michaels (Ocean); Jodi Forrest (AB Groupe/"Big Green"); Ethel Lizano, E.J. Galang (Creative Products Corp., Philippines)
Adult Gohan voiced by (English): Kyle Hebert (Funimation); Brad Swaile (Ocean); Scott Roberts (Blue Water); Alexis Lang (Final Bout), Chris Hackney (Bang Zoom!/Toonami Asia in Super)
Kid Gohan voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Laura Torres (current voice), Araceli de León (Movie 8), Karina Altamirano (Kai),
Adult Gohan voiced by (Latin American Spanish): Luis Alfonso Mendoza
Kid Gohan voiced by (Brazilian Portuguese): Fátima Noya
Adult Gohan voiced by (Brazilian Portuguese): Vagner Fagundes
’’’Kid Gohan voiced by (French):’’’ Brigitte Lecordier
’’’Adult Gohan voiced by (French):’’’ Mark Lesser
Son of Goku and Chi-Chi introduced in the Z series, and a half-Saiyan (the only one seen starting off life having a tail like Goku did). At first he was just a little crybaby with hidden strength, but under the tutelage of Piccolo and his experiences in battle, he turns into quite an accomplished warrior. However, despite his potential and in noted contrast to most to the cast, he hates violence and would rather be a scholar than a fighter.
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  • Accidental Pervert: He saves a girl named Lime from drowning by holding her chest from behind when he flies her to safety.
  • The Ace: Gohan excels at just about everything except social skills. He's incredibly smart, having scholar level intelligence, while being one of the Earth's strongest heroes. Even at kindergarten-age, Gohan doesn't hesitate to stand up to opponents much stronger than him if it means protecting his loved ones, and is able to land blows on Vegeta and Freeza. One of his best moments come when he destroys Cell, an android with the abilities of the strongest fighters in the universe, at the age of eleven, nine in the manga. His father was nowhere near as strong as Gohan at that age. He also has the potential to become the strongest fighter in the universe if he only applied himself, but he prefers to live a peaceful life and save people as a superhero.
  • Action Dad: Once he becomes a father. He's almost always one of the first on the front lines, whether he's kept up with his training or not.
  • Acting Unnatural: Gohan's attempts to appear normal at school are quickly undermined by the fact that he doesn't really know what counts as normal for most people and is very conspicuous about what he hides. In the manga, Videl manages to figure out a fair chunk of his secrets overnight due to slip ups such as suspiciously withholding his family name when introducing himself.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the manga, Ultimate Gohan never had a chance against Gotenks-Buu and was easily crushed. In the anime, he actually puts up a decent fight, even managing to draw blood from the monster, though the fight still descends into a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after a few minutes.
    • Happens the other way around in Dragon Ball Super. Whereas Gohan sees plenty of action in the anime, his most impressive fights are against two powerful Namekians that fused with many other Namekians in universe 6, and sacrificing himself to have Frieza take down himself and Dyspo in the Tournament of Power. Meanwhile in the manga, even though Gohan isn't seen fighting as much he falls out of the Tournament in the process of knocking Kefla out, a Potara fusion between Kale (a Universe 6 counterpart to Broly who was stronger than Golden Frieza) and Caulifla (a prodigy who's implied to be one of the strongest Saiyans in Universe 6.)
  • Adaptation Personality Change: How eager Gohan is to train and fight alters between the anime and the manga. In the anime, Gohan is often shown excited and eager to train to the point of sneaking off when he's supposed to be studying. There are also heavy hints that Gohan being a scholar is all Chi-Chi's idea. In the manga, Gohan only wants to train and fight to protect others and hang out with his dad and Piccolo, and it isn't something he particularly likes doing. It isn't until the Cell Games where Piccolo spells out that Gohan doesn't like to fight and Gohan doesn't have the stomach to kill someone even as evil as Cell does the anime and the manga line up that Gohan doesn't really want to fight and only does so because he has to.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The anime version of Super (plus the Resurrection F movie adapted from Toriyama's vague script) really plays up Gohan's weakness compared to the manga (also adapted from Toriyama's scripts, though with closer supervision) with a bunch of Toei-only scenes. Part of this is due to the generally inflated power-scale of the anime (in the manga Goku never absorbed the god power into his base so he and all related characters only stayed at around Buu arc levels outside of his new forms), but there's also other incidences like Future Trunks stating that Gohan is a weakling compared to even his Cell Games self. Manga Gohan doesn't seem to have decayed nearly as much, as he still has his Ultimate form whenever we see him in combat and is treated as Universe 7's #3 strongest fighter even though he didn't do extra training like in the anime.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: As a kid. He fought on the battlefield along with the other protagonists against the Saiyans, Freeza, and Cell. He also traveled to another planet when he was five.
  • Adorkable: Even as an adult, he remains a nerdy dork, but still very cute.
  • Aesop Amnesia: During the Buu Saga, he's lectured about how because he stopped training after the Cell Saga, he's gotten weaker and his skills have decayed, hurting his ability to protect his friends and family. Despite this, he still fails to keep up with his training, and by the time of Resurrection 'F' and the Super adaptation of the same story, he's been reduced to a mere shadow of his former self who can barely maintain Super Saiyan and is completely helpless against Frieza, who's more powerful than ever; he finally learns his lesson in Super after Frieza is dealt with, asking Piccolo to retrain him.
  • All-Loving Hero: Like Father, Like Son. He is actually more all loving than his father. He hates hurting people and will only fight when he has no choice. He also goes out of his way to look for people to save, hence why he became Saiyaman, while Goku only help those who happens to be around him at that moment.
  • All Up to You:
    • Whenever something happens to Goku that keeps him from dealing with the current threat, Gohan tries to fill his shoes. He distracts Vegeta while Goku hands Krillin the Spirit Bomb and was the one who ended up defeating Vegeta after turning into a Great Ape. He went to Namek with Krillin and Bulma since his father was gravely injured, and was the one who killed Cell.
    • After Gohan got power-up by Old Kai, he was seen as the last hope in stopping Buu. It gets Subverted since Buu absorbs Gotenks and Piccolo to undermine Gohan's newfound power and is eventually absorbed himself.
    • In the Garlic Jr Saga Filler, Gohan takes over as the primary defender of Earth and is the one who defeats Garlic Jr. and all his minions since his father is still in space. Piccolo lampshades this by saying that they did need Goku, and he was right there with them within Gohan.
    • This, like everything else, gets Deconstructed in History of Trunks. Gohan tries to fill the role left by his father after he dies, but falls severely short because of his inexperience and lack of self-confidence in being the hero.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: Like his dad, he has no memory of turning into a Great Ape. Thankful, unlike his dad, he didn't kill anyone.
  • Amazon Chaser: He was impressed by Videl's fighting prowess as well as her looks.
  • Anger Born of Worry: When Goten nearly gets himself killed while on a dinosaur's tail and Gohan has to save him, he snaps big time.
  • Arch-Enemy: Gohan has Cell who is what Frieza is to Goku. Gohan comes to hate Cell for killing so many people in his quest to become perfect and torturing his family and friends just so he can unleash his hidden power and give Cell a good fight. The final straw comes when Cell crushes Android 16's head, permanently killing him. Things become even more personal after Cell kills his father and murders Future Trunks. Cell also sees Gohan as this since Gohan utterly humiliated him and caused him to have a mental and physical breakdown.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He is never this and always does his best to fight... until this trope comes into play during his fight with Cell, when he gets the upper-hand after being angered to power up, to the exasperation of everyone there trying to reason with him to just kill Cell already, Gohan keeps toying with Cell, giving him enough time to pull underhanded tricks to shift the battle to his favor, which makes Gohan get a My God, What Have I Done?. Piccolo calls him out on this while training him for the Tournament of power, blaming him for letting the Buu situation get out of hand because he let his newfound unstoppable power go to his head.
  • The Artifact: Usually, when he uses the Father-Son Kamehameha in games, he does it one-handed like he did against Cell. That said, the only reason he did it that way against Cell is because his other arm was broken.
  • Artistic Age: Look to the right at the pic and then realize he's supposed to be nine years old (physically ten) there as a Super Saiyan. He's even regularly called "Teen Gohan" in the video games. Justified in that Saiyan physiology allows for growth spurts that are unique to each Saiyan and that recuperating from near-death experiences causes the Saiyan body to adapt to better survive. Saiyans as a whole tend to stay small until their late teens.
  • The Atoner: The main reason Gohan insisted on going to Namek; he feels he let the others down during the fight against the Saiyans, as his failure to follow through on a combo Meteor Move against Nappa indirectly resulted in Tien's death and Piccolo shielded him against Nappa's blast.
  • Atrocious Alias: "The Great Saiyaman?" Really, Gohan? Then again, he did make it up on the spot.
  • Audience Surrogate: Gohan is the sensitive, down to Earth every-boy that the audience can easily relate to amongst all the warriors.
  • Authority in Name Only: As The Leader of team Universe 7. Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, 17, and 18 all break formation immediately into the tournament, leaving him in charge of all the Weak, but Skilled characters, who end up picked off one by one as the tournament progresses, and even the members of that formation end up splitting off on their own for the most part. All in all, barely anybody besides Piccolo pays attention to his authority, with the ironic eventual exception of Frieza, and even that took him testing him by pummeling him outright. Gohan himself also figures by far the least into Super's endgame out of the characters still standing once it's down to 7 and 11, while everyone else on both teams had massive character moments and fights drawn out over multiple episodes.
  • Awesomeness Is Volatile: He punches Freeza so hard, the guy explodes immediately afterward.
  • Babies Ever After: Videl gives birth to their daughter Pan not long after they marry.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He was the youngest character in the cast before present Trunks was born. Doesn't stop him from kicking more ass than some of the adults.
  • Badass Adorable: Even when his little brother Goten took the Moe status away from him, he became the ideal boyfriend amongst otaku fangirls.
  • Badass Boast: "Fight you? No, I want to kill you." indeed
  • Badass Bookworm: In his adult years. He became a scholar and is still one of the strongest in the universe. He was also this as a teenager, being a straight A student and able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Majin Buu after his power-up.
  • Badass Cape: Gets one like Piccolo's for the Cell Games. He also had a superhero style one as the Great Saiyaman.
  • The Berserker: Became this in his Super Saiyan 2 state, most notably in Cell's fight. Although very downplayed considering that he only took this viewpoint towards Cell and Cell alone, saving the lives of everyone around him and helping Future Trunks and the rest of the group back on their feet.
  • Berserker Tears: Is seen calmly weeping upon first accessing Super Saiyan 2 against Cell.
  • Badass Decay:
    • invoked Experienced this in the seven years of peace after the Cell Games, as clearly shown in his fight against Dabura. When the audience is introduced to Capsule Corp. again after the timeskip, Vegeta merely glances at him, and is the first one to notice. And he calls him out for it on two separate occasions. He later fixes it, though.
    • By the time of Resurrection 'F' Gohan states he's barely able to become a Super Saiyan because he didn't train again. He is still able to beat up Frieza's men without any trouble.
    • In the retelling of Resurrection 'F' in Dragonball Super his lack of training has more dire consequences than it did in the movie. Although he is able to handle Frieza's strongest soldier with ease, his inability to do anything against Frieza leads to Piccolo getting killed protecting him, causing Gohan to have a Heroic B.S.O.D.. At the end of the saga he asks Piccolo to train him again so he can undo this trope.
  • Badass in Distress: Despite becoming the most powerful unfused hero by the end of the Buu Arc, he is absorbed by Buu and needs to be rescued by Goku and Vegeta.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: As the Great Saiyaman, he wears a white bandana over his hair.
  • Bag of Spilling: He loses access to his Ultimate form because he stopped training again. In Super, he wants to train again so he can protect his family from people like Frieza.
  • Battle Couple: When teaming with Videl as Saiyaman and Saiyagirl, respectively.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: His opponents learn the hard way what happens when Gohan is pushed to his Rage Breaking Point, especially as a Super Saiyan 2 Gohan and later his Ultimate form which is even more powerful.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Gohan when he is dressed as the Great Saiyaman. Yes, he looks like a dork spouting superheroes' cliches and striking poses that would make Captain Ginyu proud. However, this is the still the same person who blew Cell into dust, even if he is a little weaker from slacking off.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Krillin was this to him growing up, he even called him bro. He is slightly less so to Goten and Present Trunks.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Pulls this from time to time. He came just in time to save Goten, Trunks, and Piccolo from Super Buu after Gotenks' fusion broke. On this particular occasion, it's subverted when Super Buu later reveals that he intentionally left them alive because he wanted to absorb Gotenks later in order to overpower Gohan, who he sensed coming ahead of time right before entering the Time Chamber. So Gohan wasn't actually saving anybody since Buu would have probably waited for him to arrive either way.
  • Big Eater: Inherits his father's appetite, although he doesn't eat nearly as much until he becomes a Super Saiyan. Even then, he isn't as food motivated.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In the manga and the Kai Dub, he yells at Chi-Chi to shut up.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Since his name is effectively rendered akin to a Chinese name like the main male members of his family, it's possible to read both his and Grandpa Gohan's name in Chinese pinyin as "Sun Wufan". The Chinese dubs make clear note of this.
  • Blood Knight: Subverted. Gohan doesn't like fighting like his father and doesn't care for hurting people, which hinders his ability to bring out his full power. At the same time he does enjoy the sport of fighting and sparring with his loved ones.
    • Unlike his dad, Gohan had never been in a fight that was not a lawless life or death battle until he became an adult, which made his views on fighting of any kind skewed from the rest of the cast, as Krillin points out. Later into Dragon Ball Super, specifically, when Goku brings him to the Zen Exhibition Match, Gohan starts to show more of his Saiyan blood and becomes excited about being able to fight strong opponents once he shifts his mentality to view most of his fights as non-lethal tests of skill. Ironically, this change in his mindset helps him gain the killer instinct to finish the opponents he lacked as a young man, but he restrains himself from being as irresponsible about starting random chaos just for a good fight like Goku and Vegeta are prone to do.
  • Born Winner: He has by far the most fighting potential of the entire cast and could become the strongest character in the series if he wanted to. He is also pure-hearted like his father and has an even nobler heart than Goku since he goes out of his way to look for people to save. Ironically, having been raised as a somewhat normal kid who goes to school instead of Raised by Wolves like his father or fed Saiyan doctrine like Vegeta, he instead becomes the weakest of the three adult Saiyans, but with a much better home and family life.
  • Boring, but Practical: "Mystic" / "Ultimate" Gohan doesn't look flashy (he doesn't even go Super Saiyan), but goes even beyond Super Saiyan 3 in power (and reaches close to Super Saiyan Blue in the Super anime, and becomes dead even with Kefla in the manga) and doesn't require Gohan to spend energy or put any strain on his body to use it.
  • Boy Next Door: To Videl.
  • Brainy Specs: Post-Time Skip after Buu is defeated, as an adult, when he's finally become a scholar.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Near the beginning of the Buu Saga, after Krillin's non-bald redesign was shown, he makes an Aside Glance to inform the viewers that it's Krillin.
  • Break the Haughty: Gets hit with this heavily after his transformation into a Super Saiyan 2. His false belief that Cell had no way to hurt him anymore led him to drag the fight out, which eventually resulted in the deaths of both his father and later Trunks. And then after Cell returns, he's immediately assuming he'll have the upper hand and won't have any trouble avenging Goku's death. Cue Vegeta's ill-fated Roaring Rampage of Revenge and Gohan ultimately letting one of his arms get broken in order to save Vegeta's life.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Gohan has never been lazy by any meaning of the word, but most of his effort tends to go towards academics, his job, and raising his daughter which leaves him so little time to train that he lets his strength plummet into nothing. Has (by far) the most natural fighting ability out of the entire cast, but he doesn't share his father's love of fighting and usually won't bother to train unless there's a threat. Because of this, he actually gets weaker after the Time Skip. Vegeta chews him out for it, although, being DBZ, he eventually gets a new powerup anyway. Gohan will always apply himself to the things he thinks are important at the time, and he's also capable of dedicating himself to fighting if he has a reason to. However, after Goku's fight with Toppo during the Zen Exhibition Match, he shows brief excitement for the upcoming Tournament of Power, likely due to his Saiyan heritage and desire to impress Goku.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu:
    • After Piccolo is murdered by Nappa, Gohan pulls all his remaining power into one powerful attack to avenge his mentor. It is easily deflected by Nappa and the attack only made his hand numb.
    • With Recoome, Gohan kept fighting despite being badly outmatched, using every technique and attack he knew. He gets his neck broken for his trouble, but he buys enough time for Goku to finally reach Namek.
    • Gohan gets the last blow against Vegeta, forcing the Saiyan to retreat. His dad is badly injured, and his mentor is dead and cannot be revived since his death also meant the death of the Dragon Balls. He also feels guilty for acting cowardly, which led to Tien's death.
    • With encouragement from his father from beyond the grave, Gohan finally kills Cell once and for all. However, Android 16 cannot be wished back since he was never really alive to begin with and Goku chooses to remain dead for everyone's protection, forcing Gohan to break the news to his mother.
  • Brought Down to Badass: In Resurrection 'F', Gohan mentions that he's neglected training for so long that he can only use the base Super Saiyan form, and wasn't even sure if he could do that much. Even so, he easily takes down most of Frieza's army by himself. In the Dragon Ball Super adaptation, it's shown that he really can't keep the form up and he has to quickly take out Captain Ginyu-in-Tagoma's body. This is even more obvious given that he's become quite too lanky in appearance, unlike how he used to be well-built.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: After unlocking his full power, Gohan becomes noticeably more masculine and loses his hesitation about killing. He is still Gohan, who hates fighting, prefers living a peaceful life, and loves nature and animals.
  • Bully Hunter: Especially as the Great Saiyaman. He despises anyone who uses their power to terrorize those weaker than them.
  • Bullying a Dragon: During the Cell Games, Cell went out of his way to piss off Gohan in order to get him to transform into a Super Saiyan 2, siccing Cell Juniors on his allies and later killing Android 16 in cold blood. It worked, and he got way more than he bargained for.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: In the Super Android Movie, Gohan asks Chi-Chi an Armor-Piercing Question when the latter tries to stop him from fighting along Goku.
  • The Cape: Parodies this as a Shout-Out to Super Sentai as the Great Saiyaman.
  • Character Development: He undergoes the most in Z, appropriate to his aging throughout the series. Notably, his entire subplot in the Saiyan Saga revolves around his growth from a cowardly "spoiled brat" to standing up to his fears and being able to fight.
    • He undergoes a lot of character development in Super. After he was powerless against Frieza, he realizes that he needs to be strong to protect his family again, so he learns to go straight for the kill after Piccolo chews him out for letting Cell and Buu take advantage of his mercy and overconfidence. He later realizes how important his fathers approval is to him and sets out to make Goku proudnote . This leads Gohan to desire to prove himself to Goku, not by following in his footsteps, but by going in a way his father couldn't. He also learns to enjoy fighting as a way to test himself due to the Zen Exhibition and Tournament of Power not being horrific, bloody, and traumatizing fights to kill his opponent, even if the losers in the latter are erased. Gohan had never experienced honest competition until then due to the only tournament he had ever been in was interrupted by Babidi, all of his prior fights outside of training(and a lot of it inside of training) were lethal no-rules brawls to the death.
  • Cheerful Child: In his childhood years he's a happy and cheerful child, despite the number of tragedies and hardships he's been through, including his father dying twice, watching is other father figure give his life to protect him, and witnessing his Honorary Uncle be blown up from the inside out.
  • Chick Magnet: In high school, he's quite popular with the ladies. Even as an adult and married to Videl, Gohan picks up female admirers with his genuinely sincere and kind personality. In Super, Cocoa, the leading girl of The Great Saiyaman vs. Mr. Satan, is blackmailed into taking Gohan to spend the a night at her house by Barry Khan, the main star of said movie, in the hopes the resulting photos would ruin Gohan's marriage and have Videl run into his arms. As far as Gohan knows, he is just practicing dialogue with her, and such his sincerity and kindness toward Cocoa changes her mind; even then she could not resist giving him a parting kiss of genuine love as her appreciation, causing poor Gohan to of course fly off in adorable panic. Even applies out of universe, where a number of female fans dubbed him as the ideal boyfriend.
  • Child Prodigy: In both fighting and academics. Gohan has so much natural fighting talent that his power level was three times higher than his dad and Piccolo's at the age of four. If he trained like his father, he would be the strongest being in the universe. Academically, he was doing Algebra when he was five and gets straight As in high school.
  • Child Soldier: He was dragged into the Z-Fighters' fights at age four.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: One of Gohan's defining characteristics. He absolutely cannot bring himself to pass up someone in need. This leads to his friendship with Dende, becoming Saiyaman, and his eventual death fighting the androids in the other timeline.
  • Clark Kent Outfit: Downplayed; his high school outfit looks a little big for him, likely to hide that even after seven years of peace, he still has plenty of muscle. He kind of renders this moot during baseball, however…
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Gohan tries to play the Ideal Hero when he is the Great Saiyaman, but he's much closer to this trope since he's often plagued with self-doubt in himself, has no real love for fighting outside of sport (which greatly affects his power), and often depends on his father and Piccolo to protect him when he screws up (which has cost them both their lives at one point). He still fights to protect the world, despite his shortcomings.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: After ascending to Super Saiyan 2, Gohan subjects Cell to this. Instead of killing Cell right away, he slowly takes his time picking the android apart and gives him a vicious "The Reason You Suck" Speech before causing Cell to have an epic Villainous Breakdown, both mentally and physically. This, however, came back to bite Gohan in the rear since the resulting breakdown caused Cell to attempt to Rage Quit.
  • Cool Big Bro: To Goten. His little brother absolutely adores him and thinks his Saiyaman outfit is awesome.
  • Costume Evolution: When he first became the Great Saiyaman, he initially wore an orange helmet with a black visor to mask his identity. He later swapped it out for a white bandana and a pair of Cool Shades to participate in the World Martial Arts Tournament, since the rules forbid armor of any kind, and keeps them afterwards.
  • Cower Power: When he was introduced, he could be seen hiding behind his father's leg, especially when Raditz came.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Much like his father, he has an easy-going, innocent demeanor with a dose of dork. However, he is among the strongest in the universe and could become the strongest if he desired. And let's not get started on what happens when he reaches his Rage Breaking Point.
  • Cruel Mercy: Discussed: In Super, after defeating Captain Ginyu in Tagoma's body with relative ease, Gohan decides to spare Ginyu, telling him to get lost. In this case, Gohan is sincere in his mercy, but the sight of him doing so reminds Frieza of Goku's Cruel Mercy towards him back on Namek and triggers a massive Freak Out!. He personally steps into the battle, and blasts Gohan with Beam Spams until he's left crippled on the ground.
  • Cute Bruiser: He was one of the strongest fighters on Earth when he was just five and he destroyed Super Perfect Cell at the tender age of eleven, nine in the manga.
  • The Cutie: Especially as a child.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Named after Goku's adopted grandfather.
  • Death Glare: Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 is made of this. His "Ultimate Gohan" appearance also has this as his default expression, as Lampshaded by Piccolo.
  • Decoy Protagonist:
    • In the Buu Saga, it's established that he has taken over his father's role as the key protector of the world (as the finale of the Cell Saga supported). In the manga, the beginning of the Buu saga even starts off with Master Roshi saying that the series will continue "just a while longer" with Gohan as the main character, while in the anime, the intro and outro sequences for the Buu saga focuses on Gohan as the lead protagonist. A good chunk of the Buu arc either focus directly on Gohan or a good amount of side-character stalling while Gohan trains on the Kai Planet to awaken his dormant powers, presumably arriving at the last minute to save the day much like how Goku was previously portrayed. However, Gohan ends up being absorbed by Buu, leaving his father to take over as The Hero once more for the remainder of the arc and even into the next series.
    • He seemed to regain, at least, a solid Deuteragonist status during the Universe Survival saga, being made The Leader of his team, getting a lot of buildup to the regaining of his powers, and even being the one to finish off Universe 10 in a big character moment for him. One of the Universe Survival E Ds even ended on the note of him and his father standing side by side and charging forward. When the saga actually gets down to the U7 vs U11 endgame, however, after a single episode he's eliminated while fighting Dyspo due to Frieza's running out of stamina to keep up the cage, necessitating that he takes himself down with him as the endgame continues to focus on Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, and most shockingly 17. After defeating Universe 10, he didn't have all that much to do until that point, either, besides team up with Piccolo to defeat Universe 6's final members.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Gohan killed Cell at the height of his power, something not even Goku could do.
  • Defence Mechanism Superpower: As a child, he could only access his hidden power when threatened or angry; Piccolo demonstrates the latter by tossing him at a mountain.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • In GT where he plays no major role in any of the story arcs outside of being one of Baby's slaves and he isn't even treated as an Elite Mook and acting as a battery to re-power Super Saiyan 4 Goku.
    • Gohan role in Super is pretty minor, all things considered. While he is one of the fighters during the Battle of Gods and Resurrect F sagas, he is Put on a Bus during the Universe 6 saga, having an important work to do on school. In the anime version of the Future Trunks saga, he is living his daily life, which Future Trunks admires, but is never told about Goku Black rampage on the future until very late in the arc, and he doesn't appear at all i the manga version until the end, being the reason Future Trunks goes back to the future. He does, however, has his Day in the Limelight with his mini arc and goes back to prominence as a warrior for the Universal Survival Arc, even among the first characters to fight along Goku and Majin Buu.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Gohan comes dangerously close to this after Goku sacrificed his life to save Earth because he was too focused on revenge to kill Cell right away. He falls into further despair after Cell returns, cripples his arm, and is about to blow up the solar system. Only Goku talking to him from the grave brought him back to his senses.
  • Determinator: Gohan started to show this trait as he got older and Grew a Spine. Deconstructed by his future self from The History of Trunks; Gohan's refusal to back down cost him his left arm and eventually, his life. This is how he barely gets by in Super after losing most of his power, the standout examples when he nearly killed himself to summon Goku and Vegeta. Later he was able to force a tie with Lavender while his eyes, organs, and limbs were rotting away due to Lavender's poison, which was made worse since he transformed into a Super Saiyan. He luckily keeps the trait after getting his ultimate power back.
  • Deus Exit Machina:
    • After unlocking his full power Gohan is absorbed by Super Buu and later killed by Kid Buu when he destroyed the Earth. If Gohan had lived, he would of had an easier time with Kid Buu than Goku and may had killed him without Goku needing the Spirit Bomb.
    • He gets this in the Champa Saga. He wants to be part of the tournament, but can't because he has a conference that day. During the months after the Frieza invasion, Gohan has been training to get himself back into shape and is only behind Goku and Vegeta in strength. Him being part of the U7 team would have made them stronger and he would have been a variable substitute for Buu after he slept through the intelligence test.
  • Deuteragonist: Though he's promoted to Protagonist and subsequently demoted to Tritagonist over the course of the Buu Saga. By Super and especially GT he's pretty much Demoted to Extra.
  • Did I Just Say That Out Loud?: "There is no way I'm gonna let my girlfriend kiss that old relic!" after several instances of denying anything more than friendship with Videl.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Because he did not heed his father's advice and kept torturing Cell, he is taking by surprise when Cell decides to self-destruct. He, like everyone else, also didn't think Cell would return stronger than ever.
    • He didn't know Buu could absorb people, so he never saw coming Buu taking Gotenks and Piccolo.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Gohan destroyed Super Perfect Cell, whose power surpassed that of the Supreme Kai.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: He broke a lot of dishes and furniture along with his dad when trying to learn to use Super Saiyan in everyday life.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: He begs Cell to give up his plans and surrender peacefully, because Gohan knows that if he should enter his Unstoppable Rage mode, he'd utterly annihilate Cell, and he doesn't wish that on anyone, not even a monster like Cell. Cell, however, decides that he wants to see this fantastic power for himself. He gets his wish, and it does not end well for him.
  • Dork Knight: Has a bad case of Chronic Hero Syndrome, perfect grades, superpowers, and grew up in a tiny, isolated house up in the mountains with absolutely no frame of reference to tell him that no, normal people cannot jump eight meters into the air (it does not help that his mother is also ridiculously strong compared to normal people). Becoming a superhero with really clear Sentai influences really was the only option.
  • Doting Parent: Absolutely 100% a doting father to Pan. He adores her and regularly dons his Great Saiyaman persona to play with her. His phone background is her picture, and he later is seen turning down a job that would have kept him away from his family, because he would rather be able to spend time with her.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: SSJ2 Gohan was still stronger than Super Perfect Cell. However, him breaking his arm to protect Vegeta brought him down to a level that Cell could fight to a standstill. Gohan's personality itself also serves as this because if he always went full power even after the times where he got an insane power-up he could've instantly killed the villains with no effort and the DBZ plotlines would be over before they started.

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  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After going through a lot of things that children his age should not have gone through, Gohan ends up living a normal life. He goes to high school and achieves his dream of being a scholar. He then ends up getting married and having a child. In Dragon Ball Online, as a scholar, he later writes a best selling book called "Groundbreaking Science" that introduces Ki energy to the general populace of Earth sparking renewed interest in martial arts among the human population.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Him reaching Super Saiyan 2 during the Cell Games. The Kai's ritual was this for the Buu arc, but he screwed it up.
  • Emotional Bruiser: Despite growing to be bigger than his dad, who is anime poster boy for Heroic Build, Gohan remains as emotional as ever. Unlike as a child, his softer side is painted in a much more positive light.
  • Emotional Powers: Gohan becomes sufficiently stronger when he's enraged since his hidden power is released when he is emotional. He only learns to control this power after becoming a Super Saiyan 2 and later when Old Kai unlocks all his hidden power.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Differs between the manga and anime:
    • In the manga, we are introduced to Gohan at Master Roshi's house. He politely greets the group by bowing and hides behind his father when Turtle approaches him, showcasing Gohan as a well-mannered, but meek boy.
    • In the anime, we see Gohan lost in the woods crying and calling for his dad, but he immediately cheers up when he see animals and introduces himself to them. This showcase Gohan as something of a crybaby who is very fond of nature.
  • Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: He gets into this during the fight with Cell. He doesn't like to fight, let alone kill, and reveals his hidden power and how it only comes out when he's angry. While Gohan told Cell this in the hopes that it would get him to back down, it does the exact opposite; now that Cell knows about Gohan's hidden power, he, being a big-time Blood Knight, is determined to see it for himself.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Subverted. For Gohan's entire life, it's been a running thing that his hairstyle changes roughly every new story arc, rather than based in his own personal change (although he often does enter a new stage of life in tandem).
  • Extreme Doormat: Has tendencies of this. When Videl blackmailed him and all the times he ran into Vegeta as a child. Especially one infamous moment when Vegeta lectured him by being brutally honest because of his fight with Dabura. In both situations, he just stood and did nothing instead of standing up for himself.
  • Extreme Omnivore: In the Dragon Ball Super Exciting Guide, Gohan's favorite food is literally listed as "will eat anything".
  • Family Theme Naming: Son Goku and his sons—Gohan and Goten. Further, the kanji for "ku" in Goku's name (空) means "sky" and the "ten" in Goten's name (天) means "heaven." Later, Gohan ("rice") marries Videl and has a daughter named Pan ("bread").
  • Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Despite knowing that he is the last hope to defeat Cell and his father's encouragements, Gohan can't bring himself to destroy the android. He doesn't like to fight and, at least in the manga, has never taken a life before. He begs Cell to surrender, but Cell chooses to push him past his Rage Breaking Point to bring out his hidden power. This ends really badly for Cell.
  • Fish out of Water: Gohan's misadventures in high school. Gohan lived a very shelter life (fighting super-powered aliens and androids notwithstanding) where the only people he's closed to are aliens, powerful humans, and a genius. Him learning how normal people act and behave is a major theme while he's in school.
  • Foil: Gohan is this to his family members:
    • To his father, Goku. They are both extremely gifted warriors who represent the peak of their groups. Goku is the strongest pure-blooded Saiyan, while Gohan is the most powerful of all the hybrids. They are both also pure-hearted, fun-loving, have a love for animals and people, and are somewhat naive about the outside world. However, they're also both Brilliant, but Lazy — in exactly the opposite ways. Goku loves to fight and challenge himself, while Gohan hates fighting and hurting people, and won't train unless there is an immediate danger. Goku is Book Dumb and doesn't work to support his family, while Gohan is very well educated and has a steady job by the end of Z and into Super. There’s also the fact that Gohan, while also sharing in his father’s Blood Knight tendencies in certain situations, has the self-discipline to temper his instincts to the point that it doesn’t affect his reasoning, unlike his father who lets his Saiyan instincts run amok to the point of becoming a junkie enslaved to his lust for combat. After Piccolo trains him to get his Ultimate state back and weeds out the Smug Super tendencies to make Gohan fighting fit again, he’s further different from his father in that he doesn’t drag out his transformations for entertainment value when the fight gets serious and stays alert and competent at all times instead of momentarily pausing to taunt and chat with his opponent.
    • Gohan to his young brother Goten. They both have many similarities to their father like their pure-hearts, love of animals, their innocents, and fun-loving nature. Goten inherited his father's carefree personality, while Gohan is serious and down to Earth. Goten is quite hyper, while Gohan is very reserved. Goten is allowed to be a child, while Gohan was forced to grow up fast because of the constant danger the Earth was exposed to.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible Sibling to Goten's Foolish Sibling. Gohan is the man of the house since his father is dead and he needs to take care of his mom, although he was serious and down-earth even before Goku died. Goten is similar to his father in that he's carefree, irresponsible, and mischievous. Despite being near polar opposites, they both adore each other with Goten hero-worshipping his big brother. Goten does become more polite like Gohan as he grows older, however.
  • Forced to Watch: Cell makes him watch as his Cell Jrs. beat the Z-Fighters to near-death for the sake of making Gohan reach his Rage Breaking Point and seeing his hidden power. When Cell crushes the still-living head of Android 16 right in front of him, that's the straw that breaks the camel's back...
  • Foregone Conclusion: Unless the creative team retcon End of Z, no matter how strong a fighter he gets in Super, he'll eventually go back to being a scholar first and foremost. Justified because he only really trains when he needs to, and generally doesn't want to be a typical Saiyan Blood Knight.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a child he is fast, but his endurance is very low.
  • Freakiness Shame: Gohan can be very self conscious about the fact he's far from normal and tries to keep his abilities and history under wraps when interacting with regular people.
  • Friendless Background: Subverted. Because Gohan was raised in seclusion, all but one of his friends are adults, before he goes to high school. The one exception is Dende, the Namekian he rescued from Dodoria and Freeza, who later became the Guardian of Earth after Kami fused with Piccolo.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Has his father's tendency to love and befriend animals.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Gohan, while being in several life or death fights throughout the series where he usually acted on instinct, (and was never powerful enough to kill enemies on his own outside of filler arcs) was faced with the decision to consciously kill Cell during the Cell games. Despite being brutalized by Cell and watching him torment all the other Z fighters and threaten the planet, Gohan doesn't gain the will to kill until Android 16 encourages him that in this instance it's okay before being crushed to death just a few feet away from him. This turning point pushes him into a sustained Super Saiyan 2 form for the first time.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: During the Cell Games; after Taking the Bullet for Vegeta, Gohan's left arm is crippled, and his power level is reduced to less than half, giving Cell the upper hand.
  • Generation Xerox: Played With. Gohan is something of daddy's boy, even surpassing Goku in potential, but whose gentle, pacifistic nature ultimately drives him to abandon his father's fighting legacy. Which makes him an xerox to his grandmother, Gine, who also chose to abandon fighting because of her gentle nature.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is incredibly bright, topping his class in high school, but for a while was the strongest character in the series and still remains in the top five or so. In the preliminary matchup to the Universal Tournament: He uses his energy to throw out from Super Saiyan to form a radar to counteract his blindness
    • He comes up with a plan to beat Dyspo when both him and Frieza were getting destroyed 2v1. It only didn't go completely smooth due to Frieza's endurance reaching its limit, but they still were able to eliminate him by Gohan preforming a non-lethal Heroic Sacrifice to hold him down that wouldn't have been possible if Gohan hadn't thought of the plan.
  • Genre Blindness: Gohan runs into this since he tends not to train during times of peace. While understandable since he doesn't like to train and fight like his dad or Vegeta, you would think keeping in shape and maintaining his current strength would be a somewhat high priority given how many times the Earth has been in danger. Even worse, even after the Buu Saga, he still slacks off to the point that he can't reached his Ultimate form, leaving him woefully unprepared when Frieza returns. In Super, it seems he finally learns his lesson and trains with Piccolo.
  • The Gift: Even among his fellow hybrids, Gohan possesses the most fighting potential and could trump many fighter in the series. In the Universal Survival Saga, after some training with Piccolo and overcoming his mental block, he not only regains his Ultimate form but he gain power that rivals Goku as a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the Super manga. Gohan is explicitly stated to have increased his power from his sorry state in Resurrection of F all the way to being capable of fighting Super Saiyan Kefla to a draw, while in his normal form. While the manga seems to be considering that Ultimate Gohan was originally viewed as simply Gohan with his power maxed, rather than a transformation, that's still a huge leap in power, particularly when you consider how powerful Kefla was. As a Super Saiyan, Kale (one half of the Kefla fusion) was able to overwhelm Golden Frieza with raw power, and Kefla was also explicitly stated to be a perfect fusion, granting her all of Kale's strength with Caulifla's sense of battle. Fro comparison, in the anime, Goku needed Ultra Instinct to handle Kefla. And Gohan caught up to this over the course of the tournament.
  • Glass Cannon: When he gets mad his latent powers are temporarily released resulting in a massive strength increase, but a good solid blow usually brings him out of it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: On two levels during the Cell Games:
    • After learning of Gohan's hidden power, which only surfaces when he goes into an Unstoppable Rage, Cell does everything he possibly can to push Gohan to his breaking point and unleash said hidden power for the sake of a challenge. He succeeds, and Gohan goes Super Saiyan 2 and beats Cell senseless, even taking the time to remind him that him going all out is exactly what Cell wanted.
    • On the good guys' side, Goku's entire plan to defeat Cell hinged on Cell pissing Gohan off enough to unleash his hidden power. It works a little too well; Gohan does indeed get the power to defeat Cell, but Goku never anticipated that Gohan, in a state of Revenge Before Reason, would deliberately prolong the fight just so he could humiliate Cell and make him suffer even more, which eventually causes Cell to flip out and try to destroy the Earth.
  • Good Feels Good: He truly enjoys helping people to the point that he becomes a superhero so he can save people and protect his identity and family. As a child, he truly couldn't understand why someone would take joy in causing pain and suffering.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Gohan is very easygoing like most in his family, and unlike his dad he hates violence and prefers to fight only for sport. That is not to say he won't beat the ever-living daylights out of you if your hurt those he cares about. Cell and the Cell Jrs. learned this the hard way. Not to mention the smackdown he laid on Super Buu and even Frieza when properly provoked.
  • Good Parents: He is extremely loving towards Pan. He passes up a high paying job so he wouldn't be away from her and dresses as Saiyaman when playing with her. Although, he admits that he spoils Pan too much, but can't stop himself since she's so cute.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Normally as a Super Saiyan, but subverted as a Super Saiyan 2 where he drops his restraints and holds nothing back against Cell or the Cell Jr.s afterwards.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The first half-human, half-Saiyan to exist.
  • Handicapped Badass: Gohan breaks his arm and hand against Super Perfect Cell turning him into one of these on the Kamehameha Struggle.
  • Happily Married: To Videl.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. While Gohan is indeed a talented prodigy and has the potential to become one of the most powerful beings in the universe, he, like Goku, has to constantly train for his power, and is explicitly noted in both the Buu Saga and Resurrection 'F' to have gotten much weaker due to lack of training.
  • Harmful to Minors: This guy saw his dad die at four years of age, and was exposed to the horrors that come along fighting with the protagonists at five. This led to not following up on a combo Meteor Move against Nappa, and panicking behind a rock, with Piccolo later chewing him out because of it, nearly dismissing him note , whilst Krillin was more sympathetic and understanding. He later grows out of his fear by the end of the Vegeta arc, battling alongside his senior warriors with guys like Freeza and Cell.
  • Has a Type: On top of Super revealing an attraction to strong willed women hardwired into his Saiyan genes, a factor that hints at his growing relationship with Videl is her cutting her hair for him (thinking he has a thing for short-haired girls).
  • The Heart: Shares this role with his father, Goku. Their positive outlooks on life and their gentle, but powerful natures help change almost everyone in their group into better people. Piccolo says several times throughout the series that Gohan is one of the only reason why he isn't like Vegeta.
  • The Hero: He was originally meant to replaced Goku as the main hero after his death to Cell. However, Toriyama felt that Gohan wasn't suitable for the role and brought Goku back. In a later interview, Toriyama admitted that he noticed that Gohan was much happier being a scholar than he ever was being a warrior.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: In Dragon Ball Super, Gohan suffers this when Piccolo sacrifices himself to save Gohan from Frieza.
    • He also falls into one when Goku ends up dead because he wouldn't finish off Cell when he had the chance. Krillin barely helps him out of it before Cell teleports back and tries to blow up the solar system.
  • Heroic Build: After he gains his Ultimate form, Gohan becomes noticeably more muscular to the point that he surpasses his father. Before then, Gohan had a more lean build. He loses this build after he loses access to his Ultimate form due to neglecting his training.
  • Heroic Lineage: He is the son of Goku, a man who've saved the world three times before he was even born.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: Not long after Piccolo is killed protecting him in Super, Gohan pours his remaining energy to signal his father so he can teleport to Earth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nonlethal version; this is how he gets taken out of the Tournament of Power. He grabs Dyspo and lets Frieza ring them both out, in a manner not unlike his father's first death against Raditz.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Gohan showed hints of the in the Cell Arc by berating himself for his docile nature. At the end with Gohan's final showdown with Cell, Goku tells Gohan to stop attacking himself, and pushes him to believe in himself.
  • Heroic Willpower: Even as a kid, his willpower was tremendous. He managed to resist the frenzy of the Great Ape form enough to direct his animalistic fury on Vegeta alone when he and Goku first fought, and despite going Ax-Crazy as a rage-filled Super Saiyan 2, he managed to gain enough of a grip on himself to rein in such a ferocious rage (which mind you is greater than a first-time Super Saiyan's) into a Tranquil Fury, keep his fight strictly between him and Cell as well as take the time to pull innocent bystanders out of the crossfire, when he could of easily gone berserk and killed everyone in the vicinity.
  • Hero-Worshipper:
    • Gohan thinks really highly of his dad. It's to the point that he didn't think it was possible for him to surpass his father, until Goku points out to him how strong he became. Even as an adult he constantly calls Goku the strongest in the universe and the greatest fighter ever, even during times he was stronger.
    • He also adores Piccolo, saying he admires him almost as much as his dad. Until near the end of the Buu Saga, his gis were based off of Piccolo's clothes. He outright wore a complete copy of Piccolo's gi and cape during the Cell Games.
  • He's Back: In episode 88, while training with Piccolo, Gohan regains the ability to use his Ultimate form.
  • High-School Sweethearts: Meets his wife on his first day of high school.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Since he lived hundreds of miles away from the nearest school, Gohan was privately tutored at home until he was sixteen. Sharpner in particular gives him a lot of stick for being a sheltered bookworm.
  • Honor Before Reason: Will protect the innocent no matter what.
  • Hope Bringer: Goku tries to make Gohan into this during the Cell Games in his bid to have Gohan succeed him. He's only half successful. Goku's friends think Gohan is too young to hold such responsibilities and Gohan himself have little faith in himself. Even so, he restores hope in his disheartened friends by standing up to Cell one last time. When Gohan returns after getting his power-up from Old Kai, he is seen as the last hope for the universe against Buu and raises the spirits of Piccolo, Goten, and Trunks. Unfortunately, this is cut short after Buu absorbs Gotenks and he's later absorbed as well.
  • Horrifying the Horror: After becoming perfect, Cell was completely unstoppable and became The Dreaded to the people of Earth after he announced the Cell Games. This same monster is left shaking in complete terror after Gohan goes Super Saiyan 2 and beats him senseless. Cell is left so horrified that he calls Gohan a monster.
  • Human Mom Nonhuman Dad: His father's a Saiyan, his mother's a human.
  • Humble Hero: Much like his father. He saves the world from Cell, but takes no credit for it. He didn't even care that Mr. Satan had been living large off of his accomplishment. He also calls his dad the strongest in the universe, even when he surpasses him during the Cell Games and the last half of the Buu Saga. And when he is saving people as a super hero, he does it in a mask and is fiercely protective of his secret to the point of being blackmailed several times. In his words, he doesn't want his family in the spotlight.
  • Hunk: Once he unlocks his Ultimate form as a teenager, Gohan gains a Heroic Build that surpasses even his father. His voice, at least in the dub, also becomes noticeably deeper when he's dead serious. And even before he bulked up, he was quite popular with the ladies.
  • Hurting Hero:
    • Poor Gohan... First, he loses his father and then his mentor during the Saiyan invasion. He then has to fight a galactic tyrant who nearly caused the genocide of all the Namekians. He also watched his Honorary Uncle and new found friend murdered before his eyes and his recently revived mentor shot through the chest by the same tyrant. After returning to Earth he had to train to get ready for two killer androids that murdered everyone he loves in an alternative timeline, and is thrown into a life-and-death battle against a bio-android by his own father. Gohan didn't have an easy childhood.
    • In the Resurration 'F' Saga of Dragon Ball Super Gohan's lack of training has far more dire consequences compared to the movie. He is almost killed three times and Piccolo had to sacrifice his life to saved him from Frieza. By the end, Gohan can only lament that Piccolo wouldn't have died if he kept training. By the end of the saga, he decides to train again so he can protect his family and friends.
  • Hybrid Power: As a Saiyan-hybrid he has far more inherent power than pure members of either race. He can, in fact, become the strongest fighter in the universe if he so desired.
  • I Got Bigger: Between the end of the Cell Games and the beginning of the Buu Saga, Gohan goes from a child to a teenager. He becomes even taller than his father.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: If he wanted, he could be the most powerful being in the entire universe, but he'd much rather have a normal life. He succeeds in the Distant Finale.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That:
    • Having grown up with literally everyone in his life having superhuman powers, he doesn't realize that normal people cannot effortlessly jump 30 feet into the air.
    • He doesn't realize that since common crooks are far less dangerous than Freeza and Cell, Videl can take care of herself in fights with them. Then again, he's right to be worried about her, since she often make mistakes dealing with terrain hazards (cliffs, falling objects) that could easily prove fatal without his help.
  • I Want My Mommy!: As a kid, when he got lost and when he got kidnapped by Piccolo, you can hear him saying this.
  • I Warned You: Says this word by word to Cell after becoming a Super Saiyan 2, killing all the Cell Jrs, and putting the fear of god into Cell after beating him senseless. Gohan did warn Cell of what would happen if he made him mad, but those pesky Blood Knight tendencies that Cell inherited from the Saiyans just wouldn't let him pass up the challenge.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: When he becomes a Super Saiyan 2 the first time, he becomes cold and sadistic, much like his father when he first went Super Saiyan. His eyes also become a more piercing blue, losing the Innocent Blue Eyes he had as a mastered Super Saiyan.
  • Ideal Hero: He parodies one when he's dressed as the Great Saiyaman. When he's in Super Hero mode, he's a mixture of Power Rangers and Superman with his poses and grand speeches. In reality, he's really a Classic Anti Hero, since he is always bogged down with self-doubt and lives in his father's shadow.
  • Incompletely Trained: A large part of why he struggles in the later arcs. Due to Chi-Chi's overprotectiveness and Goku's absence, he's never fully trained himself in the use of his natural abilities.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Like his father he has a pure heart that manages to turn the former Demon King into a good and honorable person. He can also ride the Flying Nimbus even when he's a teenager.
  • Infant Immortality: From the Saiyan Saga to the Cell Saga, he was the only Z Warrior not to die at some point. Though he does die during the Buu saga, he's already in his late teens by that point.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Since he mastered Super Saiyan along with his father in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, his eyes are just as innocent as normal. It's not until he becomes a Super Saiyan 2 that he gains the Icy Blue Eyes that the Super Saiyans are known for.
  • In Spite of a Nail: While it's not as bad as outright losing it, and it did get better eventually, like his Bad Future counterpart, he becomes a Handicapped Badass who, while fighting androids (well, one in the main timeline), becomes unable to use his left arm.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He is extremely close with Krillin, who is a year older than his father. During the later parts of the Saiyan Saga and throughout the Namek Saga, they were practically Bash Brothers. Heck, most of Gohan's friends were his father's friends first. Piccolo is still clearly an adult note  while Gohan is a child, and Trunks is still a kid into his adulthood.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: Like his father, he turns into a great ape whenever he looks at the full moon while he has his tail, which was once used to the heroes' advantage as a last resort in the battle against Vegeta.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames himself for his father's second death, when he could've just instantly slaughtered Cell and instead decided to torture him, which led to Cell having a Villainous Breakdown and attempt a Taking You with Me, prompting Goku to step up and sacrifice himself for Earth's sake.
  • It's Personal: After Cell crushes Android 16's head this pushes Gohan over the edge. He makes it his personal mission to make Cell suffer as much as possible before killing him. This backfires since it leads to Goku getting killed and Future Trunks murdered when Cell returns. Before Vegeta' recklessly attacked Cell, Gohan expressed happiness that Cell was alive, so he can kill him to avenge his father.
  • Juggle Fu: In his battle against Cell, upon becoming Super Saiyan 2 in a blaze of glory and awesome, he snatches back the bag of senzu from Cell, gets attacked by several mini-Cells, throws the bag in the air, brushes his opponents away and... casually waits for the bag to fall in his hand, with his near-permanent Death Glare locked on the horizon.
  • Just a Kid: Although not as much as his father, he was often underestimated as a child. Like his father before him, he quickly proves them wrong, especially when mad.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Later learned to do after training with his dad in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
  • Kid Has a Point: Gohan provides a considerably dark example during the Cell Saga, when he, in a state of Revenge Before Reason, deliberately drags his Curb-Stomp Battle with Cell out solely because he wanted him to suffer as much as possible for his crimes. While Goku and the other Z-Fighters are rightfully horrified and urge him to finish Cell off right away, Gohan is far from wrong that Cell deserved every second of it, considering the fact that he drank 600,000 innocent people, killed thousands of others in cold blood, and fully intended to hunt down and kill every last human on Earth while savoring their terror and despair.
  • Kid Hero: Was this until the Buu Saga. He helped his father and friends fight against beings such as the Saiyans, Frieza, and the androids, going as far as to kill Perfect Cell.
  • Lamarck Was Right: When Gohan asked if he can really become a Super Saiyan, Goku answered, 'Of course, you're are my son after all'.
  • Large Ham: While Gohan is quite shy and mild mannered, he drops all of this the moment he dresses as the Great Saiyaman. He gives grand speeches, strike poses, and even dances in the name of justice.
  • The Leader: Goku makes Gohan the levelheaded captain of the U7 team for the Tournament of Power. His job is mostly to come up with battle strategies and team formations.
  • Licked by the Dog: His relationship with Piccolo, who was once the feared Demon King. After befriending him, Piccolo eventually becomes a good and moral person.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Upon meeting him, Bulma is immediately struck by how timid and polite Gohan is compared to his abrasive Wild Child of a father. While his similarities to his father do arise as the series goes on, he always serves as an introverted, duty-driven foil to him.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: Videl is one of the strongest women on the planet, just as Chi-Chi was at her age. The Funimation dub even had Gohan explicitly say that he's never met someone so headstrong and obstinate, "except for my mother." They didn't bother hiding this one. Not only that, but both Chi-Chi and Videl were both immensely more wealthy than their husbands. Chi Chi inherited Ox King's fortune, but by the time the Majin Buu Arc started to roll around, it had started to run out. Then comes Videl...
    • Averted as Videl grew older, as she grows into Chi Chi's polar opposite. She's still strong-willed(as shown by her completely humiliating Barry), but she's has a soft and compassionate demeanor that couldn't be farther from Chi Chi's constant fury. She also doesn't worry about her child to insane degrees like Chi Chi did and supports Gohan no matter what he wants to do, where as Chi Chi is very controlling of Goku.
  • Lightning Bruiser: In his Super Saiyan 2 form. He gains all the power of an Ultra Super Saiyan, but lost no speed, something Future Trunks notes.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Being Goku's son is played up more than his mother's side of the family. He gets his fighting potential from his father as well as his love for nature and people.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Like his dad, Gohan was born with a tail. He lost it permanently by the end of the Saiyan Saga.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: His father is this to him. When Goku isn't around, Gohan tends to have less self-confidence in himself and it's his father's encouragements that inspires him to make one final stand against Cell.
  • Lunacy: The Oozaru transformation.
  • Major Injury Underreaction:
    • In his battle with Cell as a SSJ2, his arm looked like it was in pain, but gohan was able to keep his composure very well.
    • He's amazingly stoic about his eyes and body rotting out during his fight with Lavender and fights through the pain with only his desire for Goku's approval keeping him going. He was unconscious and on Death's door at end of the fight before Goku gave him a sensu bean. He also is fairly unfazed after shrugging off being fried by Frieza's energy cage(something that had just seriously hurt Dyspo) and when Frieza nuked him and Dyspo off the stage at the Tournament of Power.
  • Manchild: He is more mature than his father even as a child, but he does have some aspects of this trope when he reaches his teens. How else do you explain the entire Great Saiyaman phase.
  • Manly Tears: When he went Super Saiyan 2 for the first time.
  • Martial Pacifist: Has the potential to be the strongest person in the universe; hates watching people get hurt. He doesn't mind fighting for fun or sport, and he will take up arms if you hurt someone he loves or an innocent.
  • Master-Apprentice Chain: Although Gohan trained primarily under Piccolo, Goku becomes his master during the Cell Saga, passing on the teachings of the Turtle School:
    • Piccolo > Son Gohan > Goten
    • Mutaito > Master Roshi > Son Gohan, Sr > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
    • Master Korin > Master Roshi > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
    • Master Korin, Kami, and King Kai > Son Goku > Son Gohan > Son Goten
  • Master Swordsman: He eventually starts pulling off some sweet moves when training with the Z-Sword. Even before then, when he had to survive in the wild as part of Piccolo's training, he got good enough with the sword Piccolo gifted him that his regular diet involved steaks made from a T-Rex's tail.
  • Meaningful Name: Half Saiyan + Half Human = Saiyaman
  • Megane: As an adult, except when serious because outside of fighting, he has a job.
  • Messianic Archetype: In the original Japanese version of the chapter where he achieves Super Saiyan 2 and saves the world from Cell's genocidal killing-spree ("Son Gohan Erupts!!"), the subtitle blurb of the chapter cover is "Savior, Thy Name is Son Gohan!!" This of course, is changed to "A Great Fighter, His Name Is Gohan" in the English version to avoid offending the religious.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Just like his father, Gohan loses all sense of himself when he becomes a Great Ape. Although, Goku is able to guide Gohan to attack Vegeta during the climax of the Saiyan Saga. Krillin suspects this is because Gohan is half-human and not a full Saiyan like Goku, who couldn't be reached at all once he transformed. Similarly, when Gohan became a Super Saiyan 2, he became a coldhearted and cruel Saiyan warrior, losing all of his gentle traits.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Became a scholar in the finale.
  • Moment of Weakness: Apparently he considers the moment when he cowered behind a rock instead of attacking Nappa back in the Vegeta arc to be this. Moments afterward, Tien dies, and he blames himself for not being strong enough to prevent it. Worse, Piccolo agrees with him and chews him out even more, nearly dismissing him. Even in the Cell arc in the anime, it's shown that he still feels guilt over this, enough for it, and his other insecurities to push him into a Super Saiyan transformation for the first time.
  • Momma's Boy: Downplayed. Chi-Chi doesn't make every decision for him in his adulthood, he just has a close relationship with her.
  • Morality Pet: To Piccolo. More than once Piccolo says he's only a good person because of Gohan.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Even when wearing orange pants and heavy glasses! He's been called a nerd in series.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Gohan's Ultimate form. After accidentally freeing Old Kai from the Z-Sword, Old Kai performs a ritual to unleashed all of Gohan's latent power and pushed them past its limit. This comes off as extremely convenience, especially since Gohan had his potential unlocked before by the Elder Namek, and his unleashed potential pushes him to surpassed almost everyone in the series. On top of that, not only is Gohan's Ultimate form powerful, it has none of the power drain issues of Super Saiyan 3, making it the best power-up in the franchise until Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.
  • Nerd Glasses: As an adult he's rarely seen without glasses.
  • Nice Guy:
    • One of the most unambiguously kind characters in the whole franchise.
    • Given a Lampshade Hanging in the Battle of Gods film. When it's revealed that the prophecy to create a Super Saiyan God requires six righteous saiyans, Piccolo is quick to point out that Gohan and Goten might be the only ones who qualify. Goku, while good and pure-hearted, is obsessed with combat some times to the detriment of those around him, Vegeta was a villain in the past and is the resident Jerkass, and Trunks being too young to have a girlfriend. The last one is obviously supposed to be a joke about how much of a prude Piccolo is being, although Trunks' jerk tendencies would call into question his righteousness.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: After utterly decimating Cell at Super Saiyan 2, leaving him badly wounded and missing several limbs, Gohan decides to hold back and savor Cell's pain and suffering for a bit longer even while Goku and the others urge him to finish the fight, unfortunately giving Cell the time to regenerate and then try to blow up the Earth, leading to Goku's semi-Senseless Sacrifice. Trunks was also killed when Cell returned more powerful than ever.
  • No Social Skills: In the Great Saiyaman - Buu Arc, Gohan is shown being socially awkward and having issues socializing with his high school classmates, especially girls. He does outgrow this, eventually. Justified, considering how he was basically home-schooled growing up and interacted mostly with adults.
  • Non-Indicative Name: What's usually called "Teen Gohan" and "Adult Gohan" is actually him as a 9 year old, and a teenager, respectively. Subverted for the latter after the Majin Buu fiasco, though.
  • Not Himself: During the Cell Games. Compare Gohan before he unlocks Super Saiyan 2 and after. Before SS2 - a humble, soft-hearted Martial Pacifist who makes it clear on more than one occasion that he doesn't like to hurt people, not even truly evil monsters like Cell. After SS2 - an arrogant, borderline sadistic, revenge-driven Smug Super who eagerly beats Cell within an inch of his life and even deliberately prolongs the Curb-Stomp Battle just because he wanted Cell to suffer as much as possible before he died, even ignoring Goku ordering him to finish Cell off before he did something desperate. It takes Cell's imminent self-destruction, and Goku's semi-Senseless Sacrifice to stop it, for him to snap out of it.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: When he goes up against Bojack and his minions as a Super Saiyan 2, he skips the taunting and torture and just proceeds to bifurcate Bujin and Bido and blast Bojack himself off the face of the planet with a minimum of dialogue. And come the Universe Survival Arc in Super, Piccolo trains out the Smug Super tendencies that ailed him against Cell and Buu after they re-obtain his Ultimate form and teaches him to never drop his guard for a second, allowing him to stay up to speed in the fight as well as fight much more competently than before, as we see in his sparring match with Goku.
  • Not Quite Dead: Got blasted to kingdom come by Buu only to narrowly survive thanks to the Supreme Kai. Everyone thought he was dead.
  • Not with Them for the Money: For Videl who is one of the richest people in the world.
  • Now, Let Me Carry You
    • After saving Gohan and Krillin from Nappa, Goku sends them away so he can fight the much more powerful Vegeta without worrying about their safety. Then when Goku gets into trouble during the fight, Gohan and Krillin returns, saving him.
    • After Piccolo sacrifices his life to save Gohan, he go through Hell and beyond to bring his mentor back to life. He also rushes Frieza when he almost kills Piccolo.
    • In the final battle against Omega Shenron Gohan rushes into the battle his father is losing to pull the man to safety, despite being massively out-classed.

     O-Z 
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Endearingly and completely clueless about Videl's affections towards him until it's spelled out in black and white. Once that happens, he tries to deny his own feelings toward her for a while, but it doesn't last long at all.
    • He can't tell that Erasa has a crush on him either when she's clearly hitting on him while doubling as Ms. Exposition.
  • Only Sane Man: Most of the time, especially around Goten and Trunks.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: He, like all Saiyans with tails, turns into a giant were-monkey under the light of a full moon. He uses this form to defeat Vegeta during the Saiyan Saga by landing on him.
  • Out of Focus: After being one of the primary protagonists during the entirety of Dragon Ball Z, his role in GT is little more than a cameo at times. He is also absent during the Champa Saga in Dragon Ball Super. The Universal Survival arc does bring him back as a fighter, it's telling that a montage of the Saiyan's surpassing their limits and bringing out power they never had before, he's not in it.
  • Papa Wolf: When prima-donna jackass actor Barry Khan tried to break up Gohan's family with the photo of a chaste kiss that actress/idol Cocoa gave him, Gohan politely tells Barry to leave. When Barry starts shouting threats of paparazzi hounding them, Gohan politely tells him that to stop or he will wake his daughter. When he still didn't get the message, Gohan grabs onto him, rushes him at hypersonic-speed, and stops just before a wall , scaring the living daylights out of him, and once-more politely tells him to leave.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Gohan wholly embraces this mindset after becoming a Super Saiyan 2. He didn't just want to beat Cell, he wants to torture the android to death and have him die in despair for the crimes he committed. Unfortunately, it backfired when Cell showed he would sooner kill himself and the entire planet than die with his pride broken by an opponent.
  • Physical God:
    • When he first reached the level of Super Saiyan 2, he outclassed Perfect Cell, who was at the level of the Supreme Kai, and even after seven years of letting his skills rust he could still fight evenly with Dabura, who was only slightly weaker than Super Perfect Cell.
    • After gaining access to his Ultimate Form, he becomes the first opponent to actually overpower Super Buu handily, who was roughly even with Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, which forced Buu to absorb Gotenks and Piccolo to regain the advantage. Even then, after Gotenks' fusion time ends Goku muses that Gohan could still beat Buu without resorting to Potara Fusion even with the added power of Piccolo, Goten and Trunks, which was only prevented by Buu absorbing Gohan.
    • In Super, after retraining himself and regaining access to his Ultimate power-up. When he spares with Goku in Episode 90, he's able to take hits from his father as a Super Saiyan Blue.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: As a child. By the time he was nine (eleven in the anime) he was the strongest being in the universe before the Buu Saga.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: A minor example; in the original manga, he outright calls Super Buu retarded.
  • The Pollyanna: A family trait of the Sons family. Despite everything he's been through since he was four, he remains a happy and relatively normal child who has a pure heart like his dad. It is this optimistic view on life that allows him to change Piccolo into a good person. Although, he did lose this trait temporary after Goku died stopping Cell from blowing up the Earth, seeing it as all his fault.
  • Power Incontinence: At the start of Z, Gohan had great power that far surpasses his father. However, he had no control of it. It only awakenings when he's mad. Even after training with Piccolo, Gohan's true power is tied to his emotional state. He didn't gain control of it until he becomes a Super Saiyan 2 during the Cell Games.
  • The Power of Hate: His hatred for everything Cell had done is what pushes him to become a Super Saiyan 2.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: When Gohan first goes Super Saiyan 2, he triggers it for only a second then passes out. This was seen in one of Goku's flashbacks of their training in the time chamber and was the moment that convinced him that Gohan could beat Cell if he could sustain that power.
  • Protagonist Power-Up Privileges: He is the first to become a Super Saiyan 2 and the only one to receive a power-up from Old Kai, awakening all his latent abilities.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Especially as a young child; his power is pathetic when scared, but when he's angry, it climbs and keeps climbing to the point where he can almost knock a full-grown Saiyan off his feet. Goku actually exploits this during the Cell Games, knowing that Gohan is at his strongest when he's angry and counting on Cell to make him angry.
  • Punny Name: Saiyaman! (Remember that hito/jin means "person".)
  • Purple Is Powerful: Subverted in the actual Big Bad fights in the Freeza and Buu arcs, played very straight in the Cell arc.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Gohan is an easygoing person like most in his family, but hurting people he cares for or using your power to abuse others is a major no, no for him. With that said, he only truly reaches his breaking point after Cell steps on Android 16's head, killing him. That trauma on top of all Gohan has been through is what causes him to go Super Saiyan 2 and maintain his power outside his standard explosion of rage.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite training for a whole year to prepare for the Saiyans, he's borderline useless against Nappa and has a freak out during a team attack. Piccolo lies into Gohan for being a coward, while Krillin rightly points out that Gohan is five, has never been in a real battle before, and really shouldn't be here to begin with.
    • Gohan becomes weaker because he doesn't keep up with his training, just like how real world athletics can get out of shape when they stop training.
    • Just because you have the god-given gift to do something extremely well doesn't mean you actually like the activity you're gifted in.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • He gives an epic one to Goku during their training in the hyperbolic time chamber when he realizes that Goku is holding back his power during their sessions and Gohan is unable to receive proper training as a result. This forces Goku to drop his restraints and fight Gohan at full force.
    • He gives a brutal one to Cell after ascending to Super Saiyan 2 and started beating him senseless.
    Gohan: What are you so afraid of, Cell? Isn't this what you wanted? I warned you. I told you what would happen if you pushed me too far. But you didn't listen. You forced me to awaken my hidden power, and now that you've seen it, you're afraid... because you know that I'm going to destroy you.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Is this, in contrast to most other Saiyans. He doesn't really enjoy fighting the way his dad and Vegeta do and won't bother training in the absence of an imminent threat from a villain. Taken to a Logical Extreme by the time of the Buu Saga, becoming probably the only character in the series shown to explicitly have gotten weaker since the last arc due to lack of training. He eventually remedies this with training from Supreme Kai, only to fall back into this in Super. By the end of the Resurrection 'F' Saga, however, he begins training again with Piccolo since he wants to become strong enough to protect his family from beings like Frieza.
  • Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: Gohan defeating Cell is often used to tell anyone what a badass he is or in Vegeta's case, was.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: After returning to Earth as Ultimate Gohan, he gets a Big Damn Heroes moment by saving Goten, Trunks and Piccolo from Super Buu. All of them were glad to see him very much alive. Even Buu, who nearly killed him, was himself pleased, for Blood Knight reasons. Although, that quickly stopped when he started kicking his ass...
  • Retcon: In Z, Ultimate Gohan was just Gohan gaining full access to his massive stores of hidden power (which makes him more powerful than a Super Saiyan 3, but without the massive power drain, and without any form of Super Saiyan). In Super, it was turned into a really powerful, extremely efficient transformation.
  • Retired Badass: Gohan zigzags. He doesn't actively fight after getting married and rarely trains. However, the moment something happens he is one of the first people on the scene ready to kick butt. After the events of Frieza's revival, he trains again with Piccolo, wanting to become stronger so he can protect his family.
  • Revenge: When Cell returns stronger than ever from his near-death experience, Gohan is actually happy. He saw it as his chance to avenge his father. Goku even uses his death as a motivator when Gohan lost hope after his left arm is disabled.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Super Saiyan 2 Gohan refused to just kill Cell already, despite Goku and the others yelling at him to do so, because he felt that Cell hadn't suffered enough. It backfires spectacularly, as Cell suffers an epic Villainous Breakdown and attempt a Suicide Attack that could've destroyed the whole Earth, had his father Goku not stepped in and sacrificed himself for the sake of everyone, which ultimately failed.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Cell pulls every trick in the book to push Gohan to his Rage Breaking Point in order to make him into Worthy Opponent. After Cell coldly murders Android 16, who manages to talk Gohan in to giving into his rage, he ascends to Super Saiyan 2 and kicks the shit out of Cell with the same ease as swatting a fly. After Goku sacrifices his life to stop Cell from blowing up the Earth, he stops toying with Cell and finally gets around to obliterating him.
  • Sadist: Gohan is one of the nicest and gentlest people in the series, even compared to his father. However, when he ascends to Super Saiyan 2 he takes great delight in torturing Cell to death and causing him to have a mental and physical breakdown, to the extent that he deliberately drags the fight out purely because he wanted Cell to suffer more.
  • Sanity Has Advantages:
  • Vocal Dissonance: Like his father before him, Gohan in the Japanese version retains his child like voice even as an adult. Again, this is averted in almost all foreign dubs (particularly english) where the grown up Gohan has a more mature sounding voice.

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