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"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."
Gohan

Original Airdate: September 7, 2018

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Gohan takes Tranquil Fury to a terrifying new level.
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Pandora's Box has been opened: Gohan has truly transcended Super Saiyan. And the result is more than Perfect Cell can handle. Just one problem: What Gohan has become isn't what was expected, and the results may jeopardize Earth. But can some quick thinking from Gokunote  mitigate it so Cell ends up only eliminating himself?

What, you're gonna give me some tropes now?

  • Batman Gambit: Ironically, Cell and Android 16’s actions, such as calling Gohan out on his lack of desire to fight despite that hurting others, essentially end up putting Goku's plan back on track. But it goes off the rails again when Gohan starts to toy with Cell, and Cell decides to self-destruct, forcing Goku to make a Heroic Sacrifice to save the world.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Cell gets this big time. Though he was initially annoyed that Goku tapped out in favor of letting Gohan fight, when he was reminded of what Gohan is capable of when he snaps, he deliberately attempted to slam Gohan's Berserk Button repeatedly to get him to snap and power up in hopes of getting a better challenge out of him. When Gohan finally does so now, Cell finds himself getting his ass handed to him. He had failed to consider the possibility that Gohan would become too strong for him to stand a chance - Cell may be a Blood Knight, but he hates being on the receiving end of a Curb-Stomp Battle, and is thus denied the thrill of a challenging fight. It's compounded by Gohan not being the Spirited Competitor his father is, and instead is entirely focused on making Cell suffer, providing all the more incentive for him to make sure Cell does not enjoy their "fight".
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  • Big "NO!": Gohan is left to this as Goku transports himself and the exploding Cell off Earth.
  • Big "YES!":
    • When Gohan repels Cell's Kamehameha to the earth with a Kamehameha of his own, the ensuing explosion causes the rest of the Z-Fighters to be buried in sand, which they're then shown pulling themselves out of. Krillin starts to ask if anyone besided him got certain areas of their body covered with sand before he's cut off with a "YES!" from everyone else, with Trunks noting it got everywhere.
    • Mr. Satan and Jimmy Firecracker give this response when Larry the Cameraman asks if they want some weed after watching Goku Instant Transmission Cell away.
  • Brick Joke:
    • In Part 1, Cell asks someone to tell Goku the definition of "filicide" while he's beating up Gohan. Part 2 opens up with Gohan giving the textbook definition to Cell before proceeding to kill all the Cell Jrs.
      Gohan: The murder of one's own child or children.
      Cell: Huh? (Gohan swipes the senzu beans back from Cell in the blink of an eye, then goes to the first Cell Jr.)
      Gohan: You wanted me to define filicide.
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    • When a Cell Jr. attempts to take Krillin hostage, Gohan reacts by saying that collecting the Dragon Balls are just a daytrip and Krillin would get a ice cream sundae for his third death.
    • Yamcha mentions he still has those towels he brought along for the Z-Fighters.
    • During his Calling the Old Man Out speech to Goku, Gohan mentions he's "in the splash zone". When Cell is about to regurgitate Android 18...
      Goku: Oh no... Guys, uhh... starting to think he wasn't kidding about the splash zone!
  • Butt-Monkey: Vegeta gets used as an example of someone getting too cocky and/or screwing up.
    Gohan: Trunks! (tosses the senzu beans to him)
    Trunks: Uhh, sure! On it!
    Gohan: Try to forgot you're half Vegeta and don't f**k it up.
    Vegeta: F***ING...
  • Call-Back:
    • When Cell sees Gohan in his Super Saiyan 2 form, he has the same response Android 16 had upon finally meeting Goku in Episode 57. The world seems to freeze around them and Cell is so mesmerized that he begins singing a song in his own head.
    • When one of the Cell Juniors threatens to kill Krillin, Gohan says doing so would allow Krillin to get a free sundae since it would be his third time dying, referencing Chiaotzu mentioning he'd get a free sundae the next time he died back in Episode 30.
    • When Gohan gut punches Cell and cautions that his Vegeta is showing, Cell responds that he's not wrong. Both Trunks and 18 use the same response in The History of Trunks.
    • When Calling the Old Man Out, Gohan mentions letting Cell go to be a better challenge (like he did with Vegeta), letting him power up to 100% (like he did with Freeza), and giving him a Senzu Bean so Goku can fight him instead (like he did in the previous episode).
    • Gohan tells Cell that he's boring him after proving just how much he outclasses him in the exact same manner that Goku did to Freeza.
    • When he spits out 18, Semi-Perfect Cell and Gohan reenact the incident between Cell and Kenshiro.
    • After Cell says that his bomb is set to burst in about a minute, a determined Gohan replies that he'll just have to kill him in that time, just as Goku did in Episode 30 when Freeza said they had 5 minutes before Namek exploded. Unfortunately, it doesn't have the same intimidating effect, as Cell points out that doing so will just cause the bomb to go off prematurely.
    • Goku's last words to Gohan are "Bye, son!", the same line that Gohan had him saying to him in an Imagine Spot in a previous episode.
    • Part 2 ends with Cell singing a Dark Reprise of his "P.E.R.F.E.C.T." song from Episode 51.
    • Cell saying his "Allow me to reprise" line is directly followed by him killing Trunks, someone he already killed before in another timeline.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Gohan does this when Goku says he should go ahead and finish Cell off, pointing out all the times Goku "showed mercy" on his major opponents.
  • Can't Catch Up: Tien, after recovering with a Senzu bean from the Cell Jr. fight, wonders what most of the Z-Fighters are even doing in these battles anymore. With Gohan's Super Saiyan 2 transformation, it's just another thing that shows the widening power gap between the Saiyans and the supporting cast.
    Tien: (standing up) Great. Now I can watch us become irrelevant vertically, instead of horizontally.
  • Cliffhanger: Part 2 ends with Perfect Cell regenerating on Earth and shooting Trunks through his chest.
  • Cluster Bleep-Bomb: Cell is reduced to a rapid run of censored F-bombs after Gohan punches him so hard he throws up 18 and begins reverting to Semi-Perfect Form. As is the standard for the show, they are all bleeped out for comedic effect.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Even harder than in original series - it only takes Gohan two hits to straight up give Cell a concussion and start puking up his own blood, for example.
  • Dark Reprise: Cell starts singing his Villain Song from Episode 51 again in a lower, darker tone upon revealing that Goku's sacrifice didn't kill him for good.
  • Death by Adaptation: After the cancellation of an abridged version of Bojack Unbound in September 2019, it can be assumed that Bojack was killed when Semi-Perfect Cell self-destructed on King Kai's planet.
  • Death Is Cheap:
    • Gohan lampshades this when a Cell Jr. takes Krillin hostage, pointing out killing Krillin would just be a day-trip for the other Z Warriors to get the Dragon Balls, and a free ice cream sundae for Krillin for his third death.
      Krillin: Actually, I'm lactose intolerant.
      Gohan: Nobody's lactose intolerant in Heaven, Krillin. That's why it's Heaven.
    • While Krillin is horrified by Goku's Heroic Sacrifice as it's about to happen, when he sees Gohan reduced to a crying mess over it, Krillin calms him down by pointing out that they can wish him back with the Dragon Balls.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Larry is not impressed with Jimmmy Firecracker's jokes at his mother's expense, pointing out that she's diabetic.
    • Trunks makes a lame pun while offering a badly bruised Yamcha a senzu bean. Krillin groaning as he gets up from his senzu bean is timed perfectly to stand in as a Lame Pun Reaction.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Rare example where it's someone else doing the explaining: After Gohan knocks 18 out of Cell, Yamcha wonders if since Cell needed her and 17 to become Perfect, if this means he isn't Perfect anymore. Cue Cell transforming back into Semi-Perfect Cell.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Cell finds out too late that pushing Gohan's buttons is a really bad idea.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Goku "cleans up his mess" by teleporting Cell to King Kai's world, so he blows up that world instead of Earth. But not before apologizing to Gohan for forcing him to fight.
  • Hypocrite: Gohan admits that after chewing out his father for his mistakes, he made the exact same ones and it let Cell attempt his Taking You with Me that forces Goku to sacrifice himself.
    Gohan: Stupid, selfish, impulsive HYPOCRITE! You had one job… get angry and KILL CELL!!! But NO! You didn't just take a page from Vegeta! YOU WROTE A SEQUEL TO HIS FRIGGIN' BOOK! Chapter One: KILL YOUR OWN GODDAMN DAD!
  • Implied Death Threat: An unnervingly calm Super Saiyan 2 Gohan lets Cell know that one of the reasons he was so scared of unlocking his potential was because he was worried he could kill someone. As he starts thrashing Cell, he admits that he's not scared anymore, "because there's no point being afraid of the inevitable."
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Or "in lust" in Cell's case as he sounds audibly and disturbingly aroused when Gohan talks about his "hidden power" and how when he snaps, people get hurt. For about five seconds. And then, when Gohan does go Super Saiyan 2 and is effortlessly killing all the Cell Jr.'s, Cell sings to himself the chorus to "Suddenly" by Billy Ocean.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • At the beginning of Part 2, when he gets the Senzu beans back from Cell, Gohan gives them to Trunks and tells him not to act like his father and screw things up by acting impulsively. But after toying with Cell as the fight went on, and Cell deciding to go "Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies", he recognizes that he had just done what Vegeta and Goku tended to do.
      Gohan: I did exactly what my dad and Vegeta do! WHAT IS THIS SHIT?! GENETIC?!
    • Goku's last words before his Heroic Sacrifice are "Bye son", but this time played in a dramatic faction. This was actually invoked by his voice actor who wanted to take a funny line and make it genuinely heartfelt.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: When Goku implores Gohan to finally end things with Cell, Gohan mutters to himself, "Fine, Christ. If you want him to die so bad, kill him yourself. Pretty sure anyone with blonde hair over there could." While this is at the point where Gohan is at his most haughty, he's probably not wrong that Goku, Vegeta, or Trunks would have been more than capable of dealing Semi-Perfect Cell a quick finishing blow if they were that worried about him pulling an ace from up his sleeve.
  • Kill Steal: Piccolo mentions that Goku, by transporting Cell away so that they could die off-planet together, essentially "stole that win."
  • Lame Pun Reaction: When Trunks distributes the senzu beans early in Part 2, he decides initially to have fun with it. throwing one at Krillin, then saying something silly to Yamcha. Both simply groan in response, mostly from being absolutely battered. He decides to stop after Yamcha.
  • Martial Pacifist: Gohan once he becomes Super Saiyan 2. Prior to that, Piccolo told Goku that laying this on Gohan was a mistake because he really hates fighting. And per the page quote, Gohan makes sure Cell understands, crystal clear, how much and why he hates fighting.
    Gohan: Because you were right about me. I was a coward… scared of what might happen if I snap. 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Goku sacrifices himself to get the self-destructing Cell off Earth, Gohan immediately breaks down, realizing his decision to toy with Cell first was very costly.
  • Meaningful Name: "Apoptosis" (the process of natural cell death) references the deaths of the Cell Juniors in the episode, as, though they were born of an artificial being, they were still born naturally. In addition, though Cell is an artificial being, the process by which he (seemingly) died during the episode was by his own biological process, so it is, in turn, a natural death.
  • Not So Above It All: When Goku declares that Gohan's become a "Super-Duper Saiyan", Vegeta declares that he'll become a "Super-De-Duper Saiyan" in response.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Gohan tells Goku he's not done messing with Cell, Piccolo realizes something's wrong. Goku picks up on it with the Calling the Old Man Out moment.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Goku actually being convinced that he made a terrible mistake with his plan. To the point where when Cell is preparing to self-destruct, he tells the other Z-Fighters that he's going to clean up his own mess. And then there's the heartfelt apology to Gohan...
  • Parental Hypocrisy: When Goku tells Gohan to finish Cell off quickly, Gohan retorts that Goku has done the exact opposite of that with every major villain thus far.
  • Parental Neglect: Cell displays little actual care for his children. When he sees Gohan start destroying them, it delights him, as he realizes that he might have a challenge after all. Later, when one Cell Jr. starts whining about Gohan beating him up, Cell tells him to sink or swim.
  • Rage Quit: When Gohan makes Cell spit out 18 and revert to his Semi-Perfect form, he decides to self-destruct and blow up the earth in the process, and makes his form volatile enough that Gohan can't just kill him to stop him from exploding.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: After Goku uses Instant Transmission to remove Cell from Earth, King Kai comments "I'll see you soon, my friend". Cue Goku teleporting in with the soon to explode Cell.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: After losing Android 18, Cell decides to self-destruct. This form is so unstable, Gohan can't attack him without triggering it.
    Cell: Hope you enjoyed the Cell Games! Bye everybody! Gooooo f**k yourselves!
  • Running Gag:
    • Vegeta being used as a synonym for messing things up due to their hubris.
    • Cell's "Dear Lord in Piccolo" line in response to Gohan going Super Saiyan 2 is yet another reference to Kami, as well as the fact that his conscious currently resides WITHIN Piccolo.
  • Say My Name: Krillin shouts Goku's name as the latter sets out to make his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Self-Deprecation: Gohan punches Cell straight in the gut mid-rant and warns him that his Vegeta is showing. Cell, winded from the punch, admits that he's not wrong before briefly falling to the ground.
  • Shoot the Hostage: When one of the Cell Jr's takes Krillin hostage, Gohan practically dares it to kill him, knowing Death Is Cheap.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Upon watching Gohan viciously destroy the Cell Jrs, Cell sings Billy Ocean's "Suddenly" in his head.
    • When Cell reveals that he's about to self-destruct and take Earth with him, we get this reaction from Goku and Piccolo:
      Goku: Oh no.
      Piccolo: Oh no.
      Cell: OH YEAH!
    • When Cell prepares to explode and kill everyone with him, he says one of the things that can make him explode prematurely is a wafer-thin mint, a reference to Mr. Creosote exploding after he ate a wafer-thin mint.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Cell begins to monologue about how happy he is that he was able to unlock Gohan's true potential, saying it's provided him with a worthy final challenge. Then Gohan punches him in the stomach mid-sentence and things start to unravel from there.
  • Skeptic No Longer: Mr. Satan starts the Cell Games convinced that everything about the tournament is smoke and mirrors. By the end, however…
    Jimmy Firecracker: Mr. Satan, I'm going to be straight with you. What the hell is happening?!
    Mr. Satan: That camera's broken, right?
    Larry: FUBAR, sir.
    Mr. Satan: I have no f&$%ing idea.
  • So Proud of You: Goku's last (for now) words to Gohan are how proud he is of his son, after admitting he was wrong to make Gohan fight.
  • Sore Loser: Cell, as in the source material. All his posturing about wanting a challenge evaporates the instant Gohan starts winning.
  • Stealth Pun: After Cell's attempt to Kamehameha the Earth backfires, he tells himself to tone down the Freeza and chill...
  • Taking You with Me: Cell tries to do this to the planet in Part 2, but Goku teleports him to King Kai's world.
  • Talk to the Fist: After Gohan wipes out the Cell Juniors, Cell starts monologuing about how Gohan is his "final challenge" — only for Gohan to interrupt him with a punch to the gut.
    Gohan: Careful, Cell. Your Vegeta's showing.
  • Tempting Fate:
  • Tranquil Fury: After Gohan snaps, his voice is nothing more than a calm whisper as he coldly massacres the Cell Jrs, only to snap back to normal when Cell decides to blow himself up with the planet.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: This is Gohan in spades after he goes Super Saiyan 2. While normally polite and reserved, after he transforms he becomes bitter, spiteful, and a bit unhinged. He has no problems insulting others or putting them down, and takes joy in beating the hell out of Cell. While in the original manga, Gohan just didn't want Cell's suffering to end too soon, here he's actively trying to torture him.
    Goku: Alright Gohan! I think it's time you brought 'er home.
    Gohan: Hold on, I'm not done ripping the wings of this butterfly.
    Piccolo: Red flag!
    Goku: Uh, kiddo? I understand you're angry, but…
    Gohan: But what? Gonna give me advice now? Let me guess: I should "let him go, so he can be a better fight later". Or maybe I should let him power up to 100% so I can teach him humility! Wait! I know! I should throw him a goddamn Senzu Bean and let you fight him.
    Goku: Ahaha… I… see what you're getting at, Gohan…
    Gohan: Then, shut up and put on your poncho. You're in the splash zone.
    Goku: (worried) Was that also a red flag?
    Piccolo: Crimson.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Cell has a gigantic one when Gohan begins completely dismantling him, going from complete enamored with his power to performing a Rage Quit in a few minutes.
    Cell: WHAT DID YOU SAY TO ME, YOU HAPLESS LITTLE SHIT!?
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Zig-zagged. While there are brief moments where Cell can be seen vomiting bile, Cell vomiting Android 18 takes place off-screen.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: With the cancellation of the abridged version of Movie 9, there's a remaining question: What happened to Bojack after King Kai's planet exploded with him inside?
  • Welcome to My World: Even after Krillin successfully downplays Goku's death by pointing out that they can just wish him back with the newly-acquired Dragon Balls, Gohan says that it was still a screw-up on his part. Krillin, still supportive, replies that this truly just makes Gohan "one of us."
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Once Cell loses Android 18 and reverts to his previous form, Goku shouts at Gohan to hurry and finish him. Gohan retorts by pointing out that, at this point, any one of the Saiyans (who have all been rejuvenated by Senzu beans) could finish Cell on their own, instead of leaving it to Gohan.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Gohan gives one to Cell after killing the Cell Juniors, as quoted on top.

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