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"And I'm not gonna lie... sometimes, I think he doesn't like me."
Goku, to Gohan, about Vegeta

Original Airdate: June 3, 2016

Having unleashed his full potential, Trunks is confident that he has exceeded his father's power and can beat Cell. However, such power always comes at a price... and he is about to learn it the hard way.

If I had a dime for every trope in this episode, I might not be in crippling debt!

  • Answer Cut: Cell mockingly tells Trunks that Trunks'll never beat him with his new form. When Trunks asks Cell what he means, we cut to Goku in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, explaining to Gohan the speed drawbacks on the new form before returning to Trunks and Cell.
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  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Cell describes Goku's accomplishments in the original Dragon Ball series as this:
    Cell: Hell, at your age, Goku had already defeated an army, several demons, and sent a rabbit to the moon!
    Trunks: Did...did you make that last one up?
  • Badass Boast: Cell delivers an impressive one to Trunks.
    Cell: I'm impressed! Behind all that angst and ridiculous hair, there's a real fighter!
    Trunks: And behind all that insufferable smarm is a dead man!
    Cell: Trunks...you couldn't fathom the amount of dead men behind me.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: Tien calls Trunks' new form "infuriating." Piccolo thinks it's because the power gap between them and the Saiyans keeps on widening, but Tien says it's because Trunks didn't use the form earlier to kill 18, Cell, or Vegeta.
    Piccolo: Why Vegeta?
    Tien: Because, damnit, I deserved something today.
  • Berserk Button:
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    • When Krillin indirectly suggests Vegeta should retire, he stops laughing and promptly punch Krillin in the face, upping his owned count to 36.
    • Cell provokes a particularly angered reaction from Trunks by rubbing it in his face that he let Gohan die in the future timeline.
  • Call-Back:
    • Goku mentions a rule of Popo's Training in the same manner that Krillin did in episode 7.
    • Android 16 is still suffering from his head injury, as he refers to Trunks as "Unreasonably Buff Bird."
    • Cell is also still trying to befriend 16, namely in this episode by using common ground that they both find the prospect of killing Goku fun.
    • When Cell is preparing to leave to give his announcement about the Cell Games to the people of Earth, Trunks asks him what he's planning now. Cell replies "My revolution", referring to a lyric from his Villain Song in Episode 51.
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    • That "crippling debt" Krillin was referring to references all his money being taken by Maron in Episode 31.
  • Continuity Nod: Cell drops some to the original Dragon Ball series during his "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Trunks.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: When Goku and Gohan accidentally wreck the clock at the HTC entrance at the end of the Cold Opening, Goku freaks out that they broke Rule #6 of Popo's training: "Don't wreck Popo's stuff."
  • Fridge Horror: Invoked by Cell on Trunks when he relates his past to Trunks by calling attention to how he arrived in the past and the implications of that. While Trunks was already aware of how Cell arrived in the past (he used Trunks' time machine) he never stopped to think about what that meant until Cell spells it out for him.
    Cell: What do you know about time travel?
    Trunks: Less than I should.
    Cell: How do you suppose I got here?
    Trunks: Well, you used my time machine.
    Cell: Ya-huh. And how do you suppose I got said time machine?
    Trunks: I don't want to answer that.
  • Happy Ending Override: Cell pretty much rubs it in that the Trunks of his time had this happen to him: he saved the world from the Androids and was the hero...only to run into Cell who brutally killed him right afterwards as he was heading back to the past to celebrate.
  • If I Had a Nickel: Krillin does this for Vegeta while trying to console him.
    Krillin: I mean, if I had a dime for every I got my ass kicked, I might not be in crippling debt!
  • Once More, with Clarity!: The brief flashback of Cell killing his timeline's Trunks and stealing the time machine while explaining his backstory to Piccolo in Episode 43 is brought up again with Cell telling Trunks the full story behind it.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Trunks attempts one against Cell while telling Krillin he won't need a Senzu, but doesn't realize that he gave Cell the perfect setup for his own.
    Krillin: Bad. Ass.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Cell points out how much Trunks' inexperience with fighting and lack of proper training has left him at a disadvantage. To top it all off, he notes how Trunks' revelatory ascended form of Super Saiyan isn't even that unique, revealing that he can do it too and that Vegeta probably accessed it during training but was smart enough to realize how ineffectual it would be in battle.
  • Shout-Out: The title is one to Meri LaBrie's old Trunks fansite.
  • Smart Ball: Goku perfectly outlines why using the third grade of Super Saiyan is incredibly impractical, noting that while it increases the raw strength immensely, it also drastically reduces one's speed and mobility. Gohan is left nearly speechless at this rare moment of insight from his father, and Goku, as if he were coming out of a trance, apologizes for the tangent, saying that he was "thinking about fighting".

"Can I get a dime for that?"
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