Goku and Chi-Chi's son. Unlike his idiotic, immature father, Gohan is a rather well-mannered yet socially awkward boy who keeps getting wrapped up in Goku's battles against evil. He may not be too strong on the surface, but get him mad enough and he will kick your ass six ways to Sunday. Since Gohan is half-Saiyan and learned most of his moral/life code from Chi-Chi, he lacks his dad's lust for battle and is far more down-to-Earth, much to the battle-hungry Goku's displeasure.
- Adaptational Intelligence: While Gohan's canon counterpart was always smart for his age and desired to be a scholar, abridged Gohan's intelligence is through the roof, with his knowledge outclassing pretty much everyone not named Bulma.
- Adaptational Jerkass: As Android 16 points out, this version of Gohan thinks he's better than everyone else and the only one suffering, refusing to stand up and fight back by clinging to pacifistic morals while everyone else gets hurt. He caps off the speech by asking Gohan to stop holding back.
- Adorkable: Acknowledged as such in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged:Goku: "I have a kid."
Gohan: "I'm socially awkward."
Krillin: "He's adorable!"
- Angst? What Angst?: In-universe. When Tien and Yamcha gives him their condolences after Goku's second death, he acts more cheerful on the account that they have Dragon Balls. Too bad Goku can't be brought back again after he died the first time with Dende's Dragon Balls.
- Badass Adorable: Though he has yet to hit puberty, he is one of the strongest fighters and not to be taken lightly.
- Badass Boast: Prone to giving them, and usually has the power and skill to back it up. The problem is, he's usually facing someone a lot stronger than he is, leading to an Oh, Crap! moment.
Gohan: Cell, you don't get it. I hate this. The vibrations of my fist through contact, the taste of blood in my mouth, the sound of my heart in my ears. I hate it. I always have, but right now... in this moment... the only thing I hate more than it, is you.Cell: Ugh, put that on a valentine.Gohan: Because you were right about me. I was a coward. Scared of what would happen if I snap. Afraid that if I lost it this time, I'd never come back. That'd I finally kill someone. But I'm not scared anymore Cell.Cell: (Visibly terrified) Well, g-glad I could-(Gohan punches Cell)Gohan: Because there's no point in being afraid of the inevitable.
- He manages to give his most badass one yet in part 2 of episode 60.
- Badass Bookworm: Taken Up to Eleven from the original franchise. He keeps pulling out literary trivia and uses long words for a lot of situations; even through pure rage. Cell even calls him "the world's strongest bookworm." (Condescendinly, but still accurate.)
- Becoming the Mask: Earlier in the series, he felt iffy about getting books for Christmas. In Plan to Eradicate Christmas, while initially disappointed (probably because he already had a copy in English), he was genuinely happy to receive a French copy of Moby Dick. Probably justified because him growing older, and suffering the type of trauma inherent to being a glorified Child Soldier that regularly sees his friends die, has made him eventually accept a future as a peaceful scholar.
- Beware the Nice Ones:
Gohan: TAKE THAT, YOU INSUFFERABLE F*CKING SIMPLETON!!
- You really don't want to push Gohan too far.
- Seriously don't piss him off to the point he can achieve SS2.
- Break the Cutie:
- When he was about five, he was kidnapped, his dad died in front of him, he was kidnapped by a different person, trained in insane conditions, and forced to fight for the sake of the world and watched more people be killed. The cheerful boy he was did not survive.
- This is especially apparent in History of Trunks. After everything he's been through plus the apocalypse, Future Gohan is extremely jaded and slightly insane.Gohan: Well, when I was a toddler, my uncle showed up, kidnapped me, and then Mr. Piccolo killed him, and my dad. Then Mr. Piccolo kidnapped me, the Saiyans showed up, killed a bunch of people including Mr. Piccolo, then we went to Namek, a bunch more people died, we came back, then my dad died again, then all my friends died, and now everyone else is dying.
Trunks: ...but it was better, right?
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does it twice in the Christmas special, Plan to Eradicate Christmas. Noticeably, Goku is the one to get the ball rolling.
- Brick Joke:
- Him and dodging, and it's mainly from Piccolo telling him with barely any warning to dodge.
- Goku even notices and Piccolo says he's still working on it.
- Then again when Android 20 complains about Android 19 not dodging Goku's attacks, Piccolo looks at Gohan.
- This is ultimately what triggers his transformation into a Super Saiyan.
- In Episode 60, Gohan actually manages to dodge Perfect Cell's attacks, prompting Kami and Nail to snark that Piccolo must be so proud of him; Piccolo just thinks back "Well he could be dodging better."
- Comes full circle in History of Trunks, when his training of Future Trunks ends up mirroring his own training under Mr Piccolo.
- Him and dodging, and it's mainly from Piccolo telling him with barely any warning to dodge.
- Broken Pedestal: Heavily implied towards Goku in The History of Trunks. It thankfully becomes a Rebuilt Pedestal after Episode 60.
- Butt-Monkey: His track record's not as bad as Krillin, but he gets his butt kicked almost as much, especially in the movies. On top of that, there's his first year training with Piccolo, his relationship with his family, and always getting books for Christmas.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In Episode 23, even if it wasn't really his dad he was saying it to.
- But Goku was there and did overhear it. (Even if he didn't understand.)
- And most of it wasn't even Goku's fault.
- He does this again in Part 2 of Episode 60, only more in a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, verbally chastising Goku for foolishly letting his opponents give him a real fight and risking everything in the process instead of just killing them and being done with it. This time, it actually sticks.
- "Crapbaskets!" whenever things get bad.
- "...I need an adult."
- "Mr. Piccolooooo!"
- Character Development: Gohan has three different character arcs within the series. All three of these arcs are resolved in episode 60:
- Gohan's reluctance to fight. Once 16 spells it out to him that being a Suicidal Pacifist doesn't work against monsters like Cell, and Cell proves 16's point by crushing 16's head, Gohan finally stops holding back.
- His strained relationship with his father grows more apparent, since Goku loves to fight and he doesn't. Before Goku sacrifices himself he apologizes to Gohan for not understanding that, since Goku thought fighting would make Gohan as happy as it makes Goku, until Piccolo had to spell it out to him.
- Goku's Parental Neglect and Disappeared Dad status is one of several points of contention for Gohan, since Goku is either off training or dead (sometimes both). After his sacrifice, Goku decides to stay dead because his presence keeps drawing trouble to Earth, which Gohan ultimately accepts. Though he does insist that Goku at least stay in touch.
- Character Exaggeration: In the "Goku's Gonna Show You" gaming videos, he's a lot more fed up with Goku's antics, to the point of treating him with open contempt.
- Child Prodigy: Abridged Gohan has intelligence decades ahead of his age, all thanks to Chi-Chi's endless pushing him to study.
- A good example is when Trunks tries to explain the branching timelines problem, Gohan instantly catches on and takes over the explanation. He's been studying theoretical physicsGohan: ...although at this point, I guess it's just physics.
- Goku also points out that Gohan is a ridiculously skilled fighter for his age, far stronger than Goku himself was.
- A good example is when Trunks tries to explain the branching timelines problem, Gohan instantly catches on and takes over the explanation. He's been studying theoretical physics
- Compliment Backfire: People like to compare him to his father. He... doesn't appreciate it. Usually subverted immediately afterwards when they pay him a compliment that he's okay with, such as being as strong or as brave as Goku.
- Creepy Monotone: After ascending to Super Saiyan 2, Gohan's tone gives off no emotion whatsoever. Piccolo sees this as a red flag.
- Crossdressing Voices: Averted with his younger self, who's been voiced as a girl in nearly every official dub for the series.
- Deadpan Snarker: Once he becomes a Super Saiyan 2 note , he heavily gains this trait, first when dissing both Vegeta and Trunks at the same time note , then his backhanded comment on Cell throwing up Android 18 note and continuing to diss Cell when he inflates as he's about to explode note , though it quickly vanishes once Cell reveals he really is about to blow up the planet and this time Gohan can't stop him.
- Dynamic Character: He starts out much more naive than in the original franchise. Flash forward to the Season 2 Finale, when he casually threatens to drop Bulma to her death if she doesn't quit wangsting.
- Early Installment Weirdness: He's one of the most intelligent characters these days, but back in the pre-TFS Dead Zone Abridged movie, he needed schooling to know how many fingers a fish had.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Only really applies to Dende who is technically genderless.
- Final Boss: Cell considers Super Saiyan 2 Gohan this, stating him to be " my final challenge."
- Foil: To his future self, believe it or not. In the future timeline, Gohan hated that his father died again, to the point he doesn't even bother to remember him. In the main timeline, Gohan blames himself for his father's second death when he could've ended Cell like he was supposed to.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Goes from a sweet child to a frighteningly powerful Soft-Spoken Sadist during the Perfect Cell fight. Even Vegeta was shocked.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Android 16 remarks that Gohan's issues with Goku do not excuse his self-pity and whining, considering that Trunks doesn't complain all that much despite coming from a Bad Future with his mother being his only surviving relative. And the less said about Vegeta's (and Trunks') childhood the better.
- Generation Xerox:
- Having it called out on is one of Gohan's Berserk Buttons.Trunks: Well, I suppose you take a lot after your father.
Gohan: [suddenly very serious] In what regard?
- Echoed in The History of Trunks Abridged.Bulma: Oh, you are just like your father.
Gohan: [suddenly very serious, mouth full of rice] In what regard?
- In The History of Trunks Abridged he deliberately models himself after Piccolo.
- Having it called out on is one of Gohan's Berserk Buttons.
- He Is All Grown Up: In The History of Trunks Abridged movie. Dende notices his teenage self got way more handsome.
- Heroic RRoD: After his defeat of Cell, he is blind, deaf and numb, all of which is fixed by a visit to Dende.
- Heroic Second Wind: Gets three during the final battle with Cell. The first comes from Piccolo telling him to stop being scared and fight back against Cell, the second is Goku giving him more confidence in the Kamahameha clash, and the third is when he takes advantage of Vegeta's distraction of Cell to finish the job with one final burst of power.
- Holier Than Thou: He basically thinks he is better than everyone because unlike the other Z-Fighters and the villains they face, he is a pacifist and doesn't like to fight. He is especially annoyed with Goku for his lack of intelligence and never spending any time with him due to training or being dead. He eventually gets brutally called out on this attitude by both Cell and Android 16, both calling him a Dirty Coward for refusing to step up when his friends, family, and the entire world needs him to just because he doesn't want to fight.
- Hulk Speak: Engages in a little of this after Freeza supremely pisses him off by nearly killing Krillin.
- Hypocrite: Calls out Goku and Vegeta constantly throughout Episode 60 Part 2 for being Blood Knights that prolonged their battles with Freeza and Cell to let them power up for a better challenge and screwing things up for everyone else in the process. He's also oblivious to the fact that he's prolonging the fight with Cell the exact same way under a different reason, which gives Cell the opportunity to screw things up by getting ready to blow himself and the planet up and forcing Goku to sacrifice himself to save everyone. To Gohan's credit, he does realize he just pulled exactly what Goku and Vegeta constantly do.
- Gohan: What is this this shit, genetic?!
- Informed Judaism: His maternal grandmother was supposedly Jewish, though Chi-Chi was probably lying to increase the chances of him getting accepted into college.
- Innocence Lost: During the debut of Episode 60 Part 2, Kaiser and Lani explained that they see Gohan's ascension to Super Saiyan 2 as this, since he was forced to grow up at metaphorical gunpoint, abandon his childish ideals, and then lost his father due to his own hubris all in the span of a single day. They cited this as the reason for their soundtrack choices: while the Bruce Faulkoner score presents Gohan's transformation as heroic and epic, "Unmei no Hi" is a sad song about becoming evil in order to fight a greater evil.
- It's All About Me: 16, with a large dose of Brutal Honesty, calls him out on this type of behavior. Especially towards his behavior towards Goku, and not noticing once that Trunks has had a far worse life than him.
- It's All My Fault: After Goku's Heroic Sacrifice and apologizing to him, Gohan blames himself for not killing Cell when he had the opportunity.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When Goku told him to stop playing around and finish Cell off, Gohan mutters under his breath that anyone who was a Super Saiyan could do that themselves now that Cell was back to his Semi-Perfect form.
- Kid Detective: Gets to play the part in Episode 42, to his obvious delight, investigating first the wreck of Cell's timeship, then the disappearances at Ginger Town.Krillin: Hey, Gohan! You like mysteries?
Gohan: Do I?!
- Leitmotif: Unmei no Hi ~ Tamashi tai Tamashi (Day of Fate ~ Spirit vs. Spirit) appears to be this to him as it plays when he transforms into Super Saiyan 2.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: Zig-zagged with the dynamic between Goku and Gohan. For all his worth, Gohan does care about Goku even when his life is in danger. And in return, Goku does care about Gohan. History of Trunks Abridged pretty much shows what would happen if Gohan stopped caring about Goku altogether had Goku spent any time with him. Although Gohan may not like it, he has quite a few traits in common with his dad.
- Little Professor Dialog: One of Gohan's main gimmicks is to spout very technical explanations and complex words that a kid his age should not be capable of.
- My God, What Have I Done?: When Cell activates his "Self-Destruct Form", Gohan laments that he let his anger get the better of him and it's his fault that things reached this stage. Of course he still does this by slamming Goku and Vegeta's less than positive tendencies.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: As in the original series, he can sense things. But in the season 2 finale, he looks upon a ship and mentions he senses a "dark force" inside. Cue his mother rushing out demanding to know where Gohan is.
- Not So Different:
Gohan: What is this shit, genetic?!
- In Episode 42 when Trunks tells Gohan he isn't that different from Goku in Trunks' time, he asks for some clarification. Like Goku, Gohan is one of the bravest and strongest men Trunks ever knew and idolized. Gohan can accept that.
- In Episode 53, When Goku explains the weaknesses of the 3rd Grade Super Saiyan Form, he does so in very scientific terms much like Gohan does, hinting that Goku's where he gets his smarts from.
- In Episode 60 Part 2, when Gohan as SS2 holds off killing Cell, he ends up doing the exact same thing both Goku and Vegeta have done in their battles with Freeza and Cell, despite calling them both out on screwing up like that.
- Oblivious to Love: He doesn't seem to notice Dende's rather unsubtle feelings for him.
- Only Sane Man: For the heroes, especially when put alongside Goku or Krillin.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Everyone, even Vegeta, is quite disturbed by Gohan turning into a Soft-Spoken Sadist upon reaching Super Saiyan 2.
- More importantly is how little regard he shows for his friends and family, after putting up with all their shit for so long, and finally becoming stronger than all of them combined.
- Parental Issues: Episode 23 reveals that Gohan holds a lot of pent-up resentment towards Goku for being a neglectful parent. He lets it out on Ginyu while he's in Goku's body, and it slowly starts slipping out afterward.
- In a twist of irony, while in the canon series the thought of Ginyu looking like Goku made him not able to fight at full strength, in Abridged it just motivated him even further.
- He also has issues with his mother's controlling and domineering behavior and snaps on her shortly before leaving for Namek.
- In History of Trunks, Gohan sooner lists the loss of Piccolo and Krillin over Goku.
- He doesn't talk to Chi-Chi in History of Trunks, either.
- This is actually one of the reasons 16 gets onto him with this behavior. As 16 points out, despite Goku's flaws, his own negligence does not even compare to 16's "father" making him a literal killing machine for the sake of revenge, and Vegeta's outright abusive behavior towards Future Trunks.
- Parental Neglect:
- Goku has been out fighting/training/dying for so much of Gohan's life that when he tries to picture something Goku would say, all he can get is Goku saying goodbye to him.
- Phrase Catcher:
- He gets told "I AM an adult" from many adults in several contexts.
- Piccolo serves him a lot of "NEEEEEEEERRRRDD" and "DODGE!!!".
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Still on the short side, as he isn't into puberty just yet, he is a dangerous and powerful force, especially after he goes into Super Saiyan 2 mode.
- The Power of Hate: After 59 episodes of being a meek, Nice Guy Reluctant Warrior, the catalyst for his transformation into Super Saiyan 2 is a combination of his hatred of fighting, his father, and Cell finally pushing him over the edge. Once there, he relishes in hurting Cell and mocking the inept adults around him.
- Precision F-Strike:
- Usually drops an F-bomb when sufficiently enraged.
- In Episode 60 Part 2, he starts swearing like a sailor after he ascends into Super Saiyan 2. He also drops an uncensored F-bomb in Part 3.
- Reluctant Warrior: It becomes very clear around the start of the Android saga that he's not very enthusiastic about training and fighting. This tends to come up around Goku, who always mistakes Gohan's distaste for eagerness.
- This is the reason for Cell's disdain for him, pointing out that his friends and father are fighting for their lives despite how different he is from them. 16, as much as he hates to admit, points out his own pacifism does not work against someone like Cell.
- Sanity Slippage:
- Selective Obliviousness: For all the bitterness he has against his father Gohan seems to ignore the fact that Goku wasn't around for a lot of his life because he was dead.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He's called "Nerd" by Piccolo for this.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: His transformation into 'Super Duper Saiyan' turns him into one of these, it's a massive case of O.O.C. Is Serious Business.
- Sophisticated as Hell:Gohan: I'M GOING TO EVISCERATE YOU AND USE YOUR GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT AS A CONDOM AS I FORNICATE WITH YOUR SKULL!!!
Gohan: I'M GONNA SKULL F*CK YOU!!!
- Suicidal Pacifism: Cell and Android 16 call him out for this in Episode 60. When Cell calls him out for being a coward because he doesn't want to fight, Gohan responds by saying he's just a pacifist. Cell basically says it's another way of saying he's "a coward patting himself on the back."Android 16: You think you're better than everyone else. But there you stand, the good man doing nothing. And while evil triumphs, and your rigid pacifism crumbles into bloodstained dust, the only victory afforded to you is that you stuck true to your guns. You were a coward. To your last whimper.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Super Saiyan 2 is pretty explicitly this when he first uses it, being the release of years of pent up aggression and fury. Not only does he get downright sadistic towards Cell, but he's pretty insulting and dismissive even towards his friends, acting utterly nonchalant when a Cell Junior threatens to kill Krillin and telling Trunks "Try to forget you're half-Vegeta and don't f*** it up." (On that note, he's absolutely savage towards Vegeta.)
- Gohan: (talking about Cell) Hold on! I'm not done ripping the wings off this butterfly.Piccolo: Red Flag!
- Tag Along Kid: The only kid Z-fighter for the majority of the series, which Chi-Chi does not approve of.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Episode 60 part 1, Gohan gets chewed out by both Cell and Android 16 for basically doing nothing but standing around and whining about his situation when the others were fight for the world. Hell, Cell openly calls him a coward, and 16 agrees.
- Gohan spends a good bit of Part 2 calling out both Goku and Vegeta for screwing things up with their Blood Knight tendencies and letting mass-murdering monsters like Freeza and Cell run rampant just because they wanted better fights. Of course, he's really no better for prolonging the fight with Cell just because he wanted to torture him.
- Took a Level in Badass: Well, Badass, if disturbingly manic-psychopathic, as after achieving SS2 he coldly efficiently kills off all of The Cell Jr.s with little effort, and gives off a fight that even frightens Cell himself, all while rarely ever lifting his tone above a calm monotone.
- Tranquil Fury: Goku's antics reaaaally tests Gohan's patience with him.
- Super Saiyan 2 Gohan is a chilling example of this, keeing a firm Creepy Monotone even as he slaughters the Cell Juniors and calmly talking down to Cell as he methodically tears him apart.
- Trauma Conga Line: Age four, his father dies and he gets kidnapped. Age five, he sees several more people die, at least one protecting him, and gets beaten down by Nappa and Vegeta. And that's not even getting into Namek and, eventually, the Cell Games.
- Unstoppable Rage: Even more emphasized than it was in the original. Gohan's got issues.
- Vocal Evolution: His voice becomes a little deeper in the Android/Cell Saga in accordance with him growing up. The brief flash forward in Super Android 13 Abridged gives us a teaser of how Teen Gohan will sound like: similar to Goku in the early episodes.
- Younger Than They Look: Even his own father mistakes him for a teenager after he emerges from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber:Krillin: Crazy. So you're both like a year older now, huh?
Goku: Yeah-huh, which means he's teen Gohan now.
Gohan: Actually, I'm eleven.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Even more than canon to Goku's Wacky Parent.
- Wise Beyond Their Years: At age four he already knows the enough science to point out how training him like Piccolo does might cripple him forever. Gohan's smarts are a bit of a Running Gag.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: Delivers a haunting one to Perfect Cell in Episode 60 part 2.Gohan: Cell, you don't get it. I hate this. The vibrations through my fists on contact. The taste of blood in my mouth. The sound of my heart in my ears. I hate it. I always have. But right now, in this moment, the only thing I hate more than it is you. Because you were right about me. I was a coward. Scared of what would happen if I snapped. Afraid that, if I lost it this time, I'd never come back. That I'd finally kill someone. But I'm not scared anymore, Cell. Because there's no point in being afraid of the inevitable.