Cell is Dr. Gero's only "bio-android"; a synthetic man completely made of living parts. He was made using the collected cells of the Z Fighters and Frieza. Cell could be defined as Android 21, since he is the last creation of Dr. Gero.
. Cell's abilities include the following:
- Flight - Cell has the ability to fly through use of his Ki like other characters in Dragon Ball Z. It would seem his wings are purely cosmetic.
- Kamehameha - Cell is able to perform the Kamehameha wave, as he has cells from many people who know this technique.
- Regeneration - Cell is able to regenerate, similar to Piccolo's ability but far more powerful. By the time he becomes Perfect, he can regenerate from a single cell, and he may be able to do this even in his first form.
- Spirit Bomb - In video games Cell is often able to perform the Spirit Bomb technique. However, his use of this technique has never been shown in the anime.
- Absorption - Cell is also capable of sucking the life force out of an organism. He achieves this by using his tail to stab the victim. He used this ability to raise his power before going after the Androids, and after absorbing Android 17, he no longer needed it.
- Cell is also able to survive in the vacuum of space, due to cells harvested from Frieza.
Forms and Transformations
This is Cell's first fighting form and in it he closely resembles an insect mostly because of his eyes and beak-like mouth. In this form he is mostly green with some black spots. His tail and his wings are blue and green in color, and other parts of his body are orange. Cell becomes stronger in this form by absorbing the life force of people through his sharp, needle-like tail. Cell is less muscular in this form compared to the others. When he first appeared, Cell was inferior to Piccolo, but after absorbing many people and returning, he was stronger than Piccolo and Android 17, and a match for 16.
After Cell managed to absorb Android 17 he transformed into his Semi-Perfect form, also known as Imperfect 2, or his second form. This form is very different mostly due to his face taking on more human characteristics, instead of those of insects. His tail changes color and his wings shrink in this form. He is much more powerful in this form than in his imperfect form. Other changes include his eyes resembling Android 17's and a voice change. Semi-Perfect Cell was able to do serious damage to Android 16 with a single blast, but he wasn't even close to Vegeta's power after the latter became a 2nd Grade Super Saiyan.
After absorbing Android 18 Cell transforms into Perfect Cell, his final form. He resembles a human much more in this form than in previous ones, albeit with very pale, near-white skin. His tail retracts into his back to keep it out of the way, but can be extended and used in the same ways as it could before. The wings on his back grow longer than ever and also turn an almost jet black color. Cell's irises change to a pink/purple colour and as with his previous transformation his voice changes once more. Cell has enough power to easily beat Vegeta, regenerate entirely from a single cell in minutes, and create many Cell Juniors, tiny versions of Cell that are each stronger than Vegeta.
Super Perfect Cell
After Gohan became the first Super Saiyan 2, he knocked Perfect Cell hard enough to get him to throw up Android 18, reverting him to his Semi-Perfect Form. Cell decided to blow himself up. Goku used Instant Transmission to get Cell off the planet, killing himself in the process. Cell survived and regenerated, though, and due to his Saiyan DNA, he had the ability of Zenkai, which let him get stronger when he was near death. With his new power, he became Super Perfect Cell. Super Perfect Cell looks just like Perfect Cell, but with a crackling electric aura. He became as or more powerful than Gohan, and boasted that he could destroy the solar system with a Kamehameha (whether this was true is unknown).
The Cell Games
After achieving his perfect form, Cell decided to arrange a tournament for Earth's strongest fighters to attempt to defeat him. He gives the fighters 10 days to prepare, which many spend in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, but Goku and Gohan simply spend them resting to build up their endurance in the Super Saiyan form.
Cell's first challenger was Mr. Satan who, despite his posturing, was easily defeated. Goku took up the challenge afterwards, and was seemingly evenly matched with Cell. However, he eventually forfeited, claiming he couldn't win--but volunteering Gohan, who he believed could.
Goku believed that Gohan had deeply hidden strength, and if he could use it, he would become stronger than Cell. Gohan, being peaceful at heart, warned Cell of this--that when his anger rises, he loses control and becomes frighteningly powerful. This backfired, making Cell want to see this power, so he could prove he is even greater. He spawned seven Cell Jr's and sent them to attack the fellow Z Warriors, who were quickly overwhelmed--even Goku, the strongest of them, was exhausted from his fight with Cell and couldn't hold his own. However, it still wasn't enough to bring forth Gohan's power.
In an attempt to stop Cell, Android 16 grabbed Cell and attempted to activate his self-destruct mechanism. However, it was revealed that when Bulma repaired Android 16, she removed the explosive in him, leaving him unable to self-destruct. In response to this, Cell nearly completely destroyed him with an energy blast. Fortunately his head remained, and he called on Mr. Satan to help him reach Gohan. Mr. Satan managed to throw him into the battle, where Android 16 told Gohan it was okay to fight to protect the Earth and the innocent lives on it. After his speech was completed, Cell crushed him. Seeing the peace-loving android destroyed in such a cold-blooded fashion finally awoke Gohan's anger, and he achieved Super Saiyan 2.
Gohan quickly recovered the Senzu Beans Cell had stolen, and dispatched the Cell Jr's. He then turned his attention to Cell, and quickly showed that he is far more powerful. He came close to destroying him several times, but his anger was so great that he dragged the fight out so Cell could suffer. Eventually, Gohan beat him so badly that he spit up Android 18, reverting back to his second form, and suffering a severe loss of power. Realizing he couldn't defeat this new level of Super Saiyan, Cell began his self-destruct sequence, planning to bring Earth down with him. Gohan immediately regretted his arrogance, realizing he placed the whole planet in grave danger. However, Goku steps in, teleporting Cell away to King Kai's planet where he is caught in the explosion, sacrificing his life to save Earth.
Unfortunately, enough small traces of Cell were left for him to regenerate himself. And due to the Saiyan cells in him, recovering from the brink of death vastly increased his power, while also restoring his perfect form and gaining Goku's teleportation technique. He returned to Earth, and immediately killed Trunks with a Ki blast through the heart. Enraged over his son's death, Vegeta launched a futile attack, and was quickly dispatched by the new Cell. Cell then launched another blast in an attempt to finish Vegeta off, but Gohan took the brunt of the attack, severely damaging his arm.
Cell prepared to launch a massive Kamehameha at Gohan, hoping to destroy him and the Earth. Gohan, who had lost all hope, offered no resistance--until Goku began communicating with him from the afterlife, and urged him to continue the fight. Gohan used his one good arm to launch his own Kamehameha, barely managing to hold off Cell. Despite the interventions of the remaining Z Warriors, Cell seemed unstoppable, until Vegeta returned to the fight. He attacked Cell with a powerful Ki blast, distracting him just enough for Gohan to summon his full power and overwhelm Cell. Gohan's blast completely disintegrated Cell, finally killing him.
When Cell died he was sent to Hell by King Yemma. There, he teamed up with Frieza, King Cold and the Ginyu Force and began terrorizing Hell. Goku and Pikkon both went to Hell to stop them. Pikkon defeated Cell with a single kick. (It is debatable whether this fight happened, since it happened in the DBZ anime but not the manga.)
Dragon Ball GT
When Goku was in Hell, Cell and Frieza teamed up and attempted to defeat him. Although neither could affect him with attacks, they could trap Goku in the Hell's Buster, an energy cage. This let them send him on Hell's Torture Tour. The tour ended with Goku being frozen in ice which would take twenty years to melt if a dead person was frozen. However, Goku was alive, allowing him to easily break out of the ice and trap Cell and Frieza in it instead. Goku then broke their sculptures and left. This is the final appearance of Cell outside of video games.