Top 60 Worst Episodes of Dragon Ball Z

by Zabon | created - 28 Jun 2013 | updated - 11 Aug 2014 | Public

These are my least favorite episodes of Dragon Ball Z, respectively. I choose them not only based on the lack of emotional depth or developmental value... but also on the lack of sheer ferocity and brutality. Neither is evident in these episodes. This is, after all, a fighting series. The episodes I have listed here rely far too heavily on holding a face far too long to waste time onscreen, or groaning and moaning to the extent where the episode's dialogue lacks a heavy degree of actual meaning. If it's not on my list, then it's most likely not a bad episode in terms of development and storyline. If it's on this list, then it is likely a very boring episode overall, having a long-lasting beam struggle or overall superfluous amount of airtime when it shouldn't have. Also, most of these episodes weren't even filler as some of the filler material actually had a stronger premise. It is evident that this list is comprised of episodes that were rather boring or relied only on a one-on-one scuffle that just plain lasted too long. Otherwise, other instances of inclusion on this list are episodes that were just too silly and/or stupid and made comical jokes rather than being targeted more towards a dramatic and morally complex story. Since this is a fighting series, these episodes lack a bone-shattering, back-breaking, uber-action-packed explosion of the nitty gritty feel of most Dragon Ball Z episodes.

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1. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Save the World (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The final showdown begins! While Goku telepathically coaches Gohan from the Other World, the Z-Fighters jump in for a five-sided attack! Gohan has the potential inside him, but can Goku show him how to unlock it?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 362

This here would be the worst episode of the entire series. Well, this and the one before it. I absolutely hate this ending and the overall emphasis placed on just one beam struggle. The grunting and moaning in the episode also annoyed me. I was completely towards disliking the saga overall but this ending was my least favorite as well as worst overall in terms of storyline progression. In general, I hated this episode and the one prior to it, I believe it was called "Horror won't end", yup, those two are my least favorites due to the ongoing emphasis of boredom here. This episode also lacks the sheer brutality of the 200 or so other really awesome episodes of DBZ. This is the prime example of an overall terrible episode as it is an attempt to conclude a one-on-one fight that just dragged on too long as it is. Cell v. Gohan was the most boring fight in the series, but this ending to the fight was the most grueling and boring due to the fact that if someone is not a fan of Cell (which I am not), then this episode's appeal is very minimal if any. It concentrated too heavily on a beam struggle and not enough on anything but that. There was hardly any dialogue if any and mostly concentrated on repeated footage of the two characters blasting each other, which is the opposite of a very well orchestrated fight scene, but rather, a prime example of "I must hold this face to appear more and add more unnecessary airtime"... very poor episode overall.

2. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Horror Won't End (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Vegeta lashed out against Cell but was incapacitated in a single blow. Gohan jumps in front to save Vegeta and is wounded in the process. Cell and Gohan unleash their devastating Kamehameha waves as they collide in a fierce beam struggle.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 323

This is the lead-up to the forthcoming horrible episode "Save the World." It's one of the worst episodes as well as Gohan and Cell begin their beam struggle here and continue it onto the next 22 minutes of an overload of boredom. The only horror here is the lame footage that people are forced to undergo; it's the worst 44 minutes in the history of the entire series; well, this episode and the one right after. Nothing much happens here, of course... Gohan and Cell get into their useless beam struggle which is the absolute most boring footage in the entire series run. Indeed... There is the "Horror" of actually staying awake during this episode as everyone stares at Gohan and Cell's useless scuffle.

3. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Incredible Fighting Candy (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Having been reduced to a coffee-flavored candy, it seems nothing can stop Vegito from being consumed by the evil Majin Buu. But when the gumdrop fights back, Buu realizes that the battle is far from over!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook, Laurie Steele

Votes: 291

This is one of the worst episodes as well as Vegito fights back after he is changed into a chocolate candy jawbreaker piece and starts to battle in this form... against Super Buu... who is bounced around by this piece of candy. He ends up returning Vegito to his initial body since he can't keep up with the piece of candy; Stupid much...? We could have been spared this entire episode and everyone's useless reactions of anticipation for 20 minutes and we might have had a more serious saga here. So basically a piece of candy fights Super Buu, which was already a goofball antagonist to begin with, making the culmination of the saga even less enthralling. A fighting piece of candy isn't something I'd expected to see in such an excellent series. Well, when it comes to this episode, it relies too heavily on being idiotic and sometimes, having a light-hearted fight isn't the best way to go about it.

4. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Cell Returns! (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The nightmare continues! Cell explodes, but a particle of his nucleus survives the blast, providing all the android needs to regenerate himself! Restored to his ultimate form, Cell returns to the Earth more powerful than ever!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 311

Oh, just great... We didn't get enough of Cell so we find out he's survived that stupid explosion and he's learned instant transmission so he comes back and whacks Trunks. Then, he's supposed to be unbeatable again. Camp idiot is quite the Gary Stu and Mary Sue... as much as this was a boring and lame fight, I was hoping for it to be over sooner, and instead... we have to see more beam struggling.

5. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Vegito... Downsized (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The battle rages on between Vegito and Majin Buu! The Super Saiyan Combo seems to have the fight well in hand. But is Vegito tempting fate by toying with Buu? What terrible tricks does the wily, pink monster still have up his sleeve?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook, Laurie Steele

Votes: 288

Here's the lead-on to the "incredible fighting candy" episode which sucked equally as bad. Here, Vegito is changed into the candy and all hope is temporarily lost... as well as our patience as an audience expecting to see dramatic action and pulse-pounding drama. This was one idiotic episode overall as it destroys the seriousness of previous episodes and the overall feel of the series. Of course, it may appeal to very young children as it has the very random and moronic touch to it, but for people who prefer to see the darker, more serious atmosphere of Dragon Ball, won't really be gaining much here. Here's the lead-on to the "incredible fighting candy" episode which sucked equally as bad. Here, Vegito is changed into the candy and all hope is temporarily lost... as well as our patience as an audience expecting to see dramatic action and pulse-pounding drama. This was one idiotic episode overall as it destroys the seriousness of previous episodes and the overall feel of the series. Of course, it may appeal to very young children as it has the very random and moronic touch to it, but for people who prefer to see the darker, more serious atmosphere of Dragon Ball, won't really be gaining much here. This was a rather foolish attempt at a comedic twist that we could have lived without...

6. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Mind Trap (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dangers abound as Goku and Vegeta continue their search for Gohan and inside of Majin Buuâ€ôs body! After meeting some disgusting bedfellows, they finally find what theyâ€ôre ... See full summary »

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Laura Bailey

Votes: 286

This episode is an uber-joke. We continue to see Goku and Vegeta in Super Buu's stomach as they interact with the worms and end up fighting random replicas of their teammates, created inside Super Buu's body. But that's not why this episode sucks so bad. The major aspect of it being so stupid is the fact that Super Buu has to go to the bathroom, so we witness this as he goes to a portable potty outside and takes a big one. Dende and Mr. Satan don't like the stench as they watch Super Buu leave the potty. This was random and stupid and didn't feel anything like the rest of the series. This is another thing we could have done without.

7. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Cell Games (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Realizing that his powers are no match for his opponent, Trunks accepts defeat, only to be given a second chance when Cell proposes a tournament! Is Cell really interested in competition, or does he have a sinister motive?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 292

This was a horrible episode as a starter of an onslaught to a very boring tournament which only Cell himself would fight in. Let's save the surprises because... there are none. Cell fights Goku and Gohan... and everyone else just stands by and watches. What uselessness. An actual tournament has actual contestants as was the case with Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z's Buu saga, where a true fight is seen between Spopovich and Videl. That was a tournament fight. This, on the other hand, was a sorry excuse of some lame beam struggles between Cell and Gohan... and, that's about it.

8. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Cell Is Complete (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The earth's greatest fear has come true: Cell is complete! Can anyone stop the android nightmare in his final, perfect form? As the heroes nervously line up, a glimmer of hope shines from above. Gohan is a Super Saiyan!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 288

This was one REALLY long transformation... it took far too long for what it was... essentially more ways to waste time onscreen. Cell really stunk in his first and second forms, but the major disappointment was his "Perfect" form. For the great 20-minute wait of watching him "evolve" with flashy lights and everyone watching, it ended up being a hugely boring character who stood there and kept admitting to being "perfect" and acting stuck up as his "ultimate perfection" would remain undefeated. Or so he thought.

9. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: What Is the Tournament? (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

While Trunks tells the others of Cell's plans to hold a tournament, the diabolical android begins his preparations for the competition by constructing a fighting arena. Do the Z-Fighters ... See full summary »

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 284

We all know Cell is holding a tournament because he's full of himself and he wants to test his might against all the actually powerful characters residing on planet Earth. You'd think an actual villain would have destroyed the planet and gone on to do more evil. But no... this one wants to test his might for the next 50 episodes.

10. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Doomsday Broadcast (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Cell breaks into showbiz - literally! The sinister android hijacks a television station in order to announce his "Cell Games" to the world! But are there any challengers left with the strength and courage to get into the ring?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 287

So Cell goes to the TV station and declares his tournament official, etc. and asks for all the contestants who dare to challenge him in 10 days to show themselves. Waste of air time much?

11. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Trunks Ascends (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Tapping into the deepest wells of his energy, Vegeta summons one last attack: the Final Flash! Meanwhile, Trunks struggles to decide whether or not to help his father. Vegeta's pride is at stake, but so is his life!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 286

So it wasn't bad enough watching Cell mutate for 22 minutes + that we have to watch Trunks "ascend" for 22 minutes also? And Krillin has to shake and shudder at the sight of Trunks' useless Super Saiyan stage? This saga REALLY was annoying and boring, greatly targeted at younger audiences it seems.

12. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Faith in a Boy (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After surrendering to Cell, Goku names the next challenger to enter the Cell Games: Gohan! Goku has supreme faith in his son's abilities, but the young Saiyan will need a lot more than his father's confidence if he's going to survive!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 283

Goku says he has faith in Gohan, who steps up to fight Cell. And this would be the ONLY other fight in this "tournament"... which is rather lacking as it fails to actually be a tournament but rather... Gohan and Goku versus Cell seems more fitting. Gohan doesn't really want to fight here, but he doesn't want to let down his friends and attempts to do so anyway. Cell begins to fight Gohan in what would continue to be the most boring fight in the entire series run. What made this episode even worse was the fact that Goku gave Cell a senzu bean to ensure it would be a fair fight. We could have actually been spared the forthcoming 12 episodes of stupidity, Goku. Why did your honor have to kick in there?

13. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Meet Me in the Ring (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Panicked Earthlings flee their homes to escape Cell's wrath, but all hope is not lost! Back at the Lookout, Goku and Gohan finally emerge from the Time Chamber. After a quick trip to size up the competition, Goku is ready to battle Cell!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 286

So after announcing his tournament, Cell talks to Goku for 20 minutes and they explain how far they've come... which isn't much considering Cell would get his backside handed to him, but why did we have to see it for 50 episodes?

14. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Games Begin (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The wait is over, and the Cell Games are ready to begin! The Z-Fighters arrive ringside, only to discover another challenger already on the scene. It's none other than World Martial Arts Champion, Mr. Satan!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 282

Oh, so the "Cell Games" begin. Big woop. Nothing happens... the fighters gather and Cell remains cocky... Goku's first up to fight Cell... wow, that must have been a really big surprise.

15. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Goku vs. Cell (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku and Cell start fighting with each other in the ring. If Cell wins then he'll destroy the earth. If Goku wins then the Cell will give up.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 302

So Goku fights Cell... and what? They are both kidding with each other trying to revel on the fact that they're extremely powerful. What a waste of airtime.

16. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Cell's Bag of Tricks (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Cell attacks Goku with a dazzling array of moves including the Destructo Disk, the Special Beam Cannon, and even the Kamehameha Wave! Goku matches the monster blow for blow, but how long can he last against such a lethal arsenal?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 291

Cell pulls off moves previously seen by all the other characters in the series because he's a pretender who doesn't have his own. These moves were great the first time we saw them, but now it's just stupid as this unoriginal copycat bores the life out of the combat itself, excessively abusing these moves that don't belong to him in the first place.

17. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: No More Rules (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

As the battle intensifies, Cell quickly grows tired of the rules he created for the tournament. With a flick of his finger, the Android destroys the ring, instantly turning the Cell Games into a deadly fight to the finish!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 288

Cell gets annoyed and destroys the arena ring out of his own stupidity and overconfidence. Now he wants to fight without a ground base so there aren't any restrictions. Big deal. Goku never needed those restrictions anyway. It was Cell's own stupidity and uselessness, primarily being one who likes to waste episodes worth of footage on talking about just how "perfect" he is.

18. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Fight Is Over (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku blasts Cell with a Kamehameha Wave that reduces the android to a pile of cinders, but his triumph is short-lived. The monster shows his amazing resilience by fully regenerating himself!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 285

Goku gives up against Cell after a few boring episodes. He stands down and says he can't win. Then, he says Gohan is next to fight Cell... which wasn't much of a surprise considering this is the only thing built up for storyline purposes in the last 30 or so episodes. What uselessness.

19. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Gohan's Plea (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The fight between Gohan and Cell intensifies, but the villain's attacks seem to have no effect on the boy! Could the young hero really have the power to defeat the evil android once and for all?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 282

Mr. Satan is still faking his stomach aches... oh wow. Now we have to hear Gohan and Cell talk about how far they've come. As if our seeing this onscreen wasn't bad enough that we have to listen to them explain the same thing over again.

20. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Cell's Break Down (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Goku's training is complete, so the gang summons the Eternal Dragon to wish him back to life. There's only one day left before the Saiyans arrive. Unfortunately, it will take Goku two days to return!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 284

Gohan kicks the daylights out of Cell making him puke up Android 18. This stunk for the sheer fact that Cell is such a stupid antagonist and seeing him getting pounded by Gohan was equally stupid as you'd think someone as greatly built as Vegeta, Piccolo, Goku, etc. could have squashed this bug eventually. But instead, we have to bare witness to Gohan attempting to be a bada$$ when this is extremely random and idiotic, the most foolish aspect being Cell's regurgitation of android 18... was that supposed to be awesome, because it was just gross. It wasn't even great like the action-packed bone-bashing fighting and bloody fists getting jammed up each others backs and guts, instead... it was just a gross aspect that wasn't even remotely enjoyable. Cell goes down as being another idiotic antagonist instead of a very serious one as most DBZ villains are.

21. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Saving Throw (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Vegeta lies unconscious after his battle with Cell, and Trunks unleashes his hidden powers to save his father's life. With Goku and Gohan still training, Trunks is the only person standing in the evil android's way.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 291

So Super Vegeta got beat down by Cell and Trunks attempts to take on Cell in the same pumped-up format... and is too slow to take down the insect... that's about it.

22. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Laboratory Basement (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With hopes of saving the future, Trunks and Krillin race to destroy Dr. Gero's lab. Meanwhile, Piccolo and Tien search for the elusive Cell. But how can they stop an enemy who knows their every move?

Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Eric Vale, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 241

So Krillin and Trunks find the lab where Cell from the present or future or whatever is being held. Too many timelines to follow anyway. So they destroy the basement and leave to ensure at least the Cell of their timeline won't come to be. Good, saved us the trouble of seeing more Cell onscreen. As if one moronic insect wasn't lame enough.

23. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: His Name Is Cell (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Heavily-armored tanks fail to halt Cell's rampage, and now it's up to Piccolo to stop the monster! As the Namekian fights for survival, Cell reveals that he's actually an android, the ultimate achievement of Dr. Gero!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 246

So the insect has got to have the title of this episode... "His name is Cell" as if it makes any difference in terms of actual storyline... well, it doesn't. Imperfect Cell appears and challenges Piccolo, who is now fused with Kami and is able to kick the stupid insect around, forcing him to retreat and absorb more people uselessly to try and make itself stronger.

24. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Unwelcome Discovery (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Trunks must face the fact that he cannot change history and save his timeline.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat, Sonny Strait

Votes: 248

So Trunks gets a response from Bulma and a scanned image of his time capsule, which Cell had jacked from him in the future and traveled back in time to attempt to change the events to his liking. This really stunk. Confusing and annoying timelines aren't the best route for storytelling.

25. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Hour of Temptation (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Vegeta quickly pounds Cell six feet into the ground! With his back against the wall, the monstrous android attacks Vegeta's weakest point: his arrogance! Can the Saiyan Prince resist Cell's tempting challenge?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 246

Gohan and Goku train in the hyperbolic time chamber. Semi-Perfect Cell continues to fight Vegeta... and convince Vegeta to allow him to become complete and pose a challenge for him. Vegeta, with his Saiyan genetics for wanting a challenge and thirst for combat, is actually evidently idiotic enough to allow Cell to become complete, adding a repertoire of episodes that could easily have been avoided. See how Krillin, Vegeta, and Goku all made Cell's lifespan longer than it should have been...

26. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Seized with Fear (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Trunks and Krillin join Bulma at the crash site of the mysterious time capsule and find an eerie clue: the shell of a large, locust-like creature! Whatever arrived in the time capsule isn't human, and it's on the loose!

Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Christopher Sabat, Eric Vale

Votes: 250

So they discover Trunks' time capsule which Cell used to travel through back in time... and they find Cell's cocoon form, which was shed... and? I think this was an attempt to go for a horror and mystery feeling but didn't do much since we know the next 50 episodes would be Cell vs. Super Saiyan "fill in the blank"...

27. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Krillin's Decision (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With beautiful Android 18 in his sights, Krillin clutches the controller that will shut her down forever. But when the moment arrives, the little man hesitates! All the while, Cell looms overhead, hungry for perfection!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 247

Krillin destroys the remote control that would deactivate Android 18 and is equally as stupid as Vegeta and Goku here... allowing Cell to become perfect just because he liked Android 18. What uselessness.

28. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Last Defense (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With the remote control smashed, Krillin and Trunks must save Android 18 from Cell's power-hungry grasp. But Vegeta has other plans in mind. Will trunks attack his own father to save humanity?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 267

Trunks and Krillin give everything they've got in an attempt to stop Semi-Perfect Cell from absorbing Android 18... and fail. That's about it.

29. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Goku's Decision (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Cell is finally defeated, but the Z-Fighters still have much to resolve! Can they make it to the Lookout in time to heal the badly-injured Gohan? Is Android 18 still a threat? And can our heroes find a way to bring back Goku?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 278

This is the lame aftermath to the even-more-lame Cell Games. Goku decides to stay dead to avoid more villains from attacking. And Krillin wishes that the androids have the bombs removed, etc. and Trunks is revived. Big deal... well, at least Mr. Satan takes credit for capping Cell, which he didn't do anyways so the whole saga sucked.

30. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: A Hero's Farewell (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Clearly overmatched by Gohan, Cell initiates his last line of defense: a self-destruct program that will blow up the entire planet! With only seconds to spare, Goku risks everything to transport Cell away from the Earth.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 294

Cell gets annoyed after being brought down to Semi-Perfect form. So he attempts to blow himself up and take the planet with him. Goku uses instant transmission to teleport himself and Cell to King Kai's planet right before the fat and idiotic insect blows up. Of course, Goku's sacrifice is a redeeming factor about this episode, but most of it, much like the rest of the Cell Games, was greatly packed with useless airtime.

31. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Free the Future (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Peace and order have been restored on Earth in the present, but Trunks' future world is still a place of darkness and despair! Once he arrives home, the future will be forever changed!

Stars: Eric Vale, Dameon Clarke, Tiffany Vollmer, Sean Schemmel

Votes: 291

Future Trunks goes back to his timeline and kicks Android 17 and 18's behinds. They deserved it anyway as they stunk as bad as Cell. Then we see Trunks eliminate Imperfect Cell in this timeline also in a rather useless way. Wow, these death scenes really did suck compared to all the death scenes in previous sagas.

32. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: No Worries Here (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With nine days until Cell's tournament begins, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Trunks plan their return to the Time Chamber, but Goku decides he and Gohan have had enough training! What does Goku know that the others don't?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 282

We see here that Goku can control his Super Saiyan form without draining any energy, sustaining himself under any circumstances. Then we see him hanging out with friends. This was rather random and unnecessary to fill up 20 minutes.

33. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Time Chamber (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

As Cell continues his deadly march, Goku hatches a plan to squeeze a year's worth of training into just one day! Back at Master Roshi's, the android trio arrives looking for Goku! Can Piccolo hold them off until the Saiyans return?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 244

Android 17 and Android 18 are goofing off roaming around in a car (useless stupidity much?) as Trunks and Vegeta enter the hyperbolic time chamber. Well, that's about it. More or less another useless episode that we could have done without. Is it really necessary to see the protagonists training for 10 episodes?

34. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Ghosts from Tomorrow (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Trunks vows to stop the future from repeating itself; Cell can't wait for the future to unfold. It's all up for grabs as the two warriors prepare for battle. Only one future will survive. Whose will it be?

Stars: Stephanie Nadolny, Eric Vale, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 286

Super Trunks fights Perfect Cell. Trunks remembers how the androids in his timeline killed his friends. More filler material here that we could have done without.

35. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Closing In (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The androids hit the road in pursuit of Goku, but they're delayed by some hyperactive hoodlums. Krillin and Trunks race to move Goku to a safer hiding place, and Kami wrestles with Piccolo's difficult offer.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat, Sonny Strait

Votes: 247

Here's another useless episode as we see the androids goofing off by getting a car to get to Goku's house when they could have just flown there.

36. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Last Ditch Effort (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Vegeta, Trunks, Tien, and Piccolo realize a grim truth: unless they can increase their powers quickly, they'll have no chance against the androids. In a drastic move, Piccolo flies to Kami's Lookout and makes a most unexpected proposal!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Christopher Sabat, Sonny Strait

Votes: 250

The heroes contemplate what to do next as they are evidently outmatched by the android opposition they are facing. Vegeta is too annoyed about his recent defeat and busts away from the rest. Piccolo says his ego's too much. Piccolo flies away in an attempt to fuse with Kami. And Maron's boyfriends come to get her. Boring.

37. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Unstoppable Gohan (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Cell's desire for battle turns into a nightmare as Gohan unleashes the full fury of his strength. The evil android powers up to his maximum level, but will it be enough to spare him from the wrath of Super Saiyan?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Dameon Clarke, Sonny Strait

Votes: 300

After relentlessly defeating the Cell Juniors, Gohan gives everything he's got against Cell, something that should have been done before to spare us the last 30 episodes of useless footage.

38. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Super Moves of Gotenks (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The long awaited rematch between Majin Buu and Gotenks begins! But when Gotenks' fighting techniques come up short, he is forced to improvise - resulting in some of the craziest attack moves ever!

Stars: Kara Edwards, Christopher Sabat, Laura Bailey, Justin Cook

Votes: 289

Gotenks is Super Saiyan... and he fights Super Buu as Piccolo watches. Gotenks acts stupid as always and far too childish whilst being potentially far too overconfident and pulls off a galactic donut maneuver and super ghost kamikaze attack; all rather silly moves that we could have lived without.

39. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Gotenks Is Awesome (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks continues his fight with Majin Buu, and the Lookout is caught in the crossfire! As Gotenks turns up the power, so does Majin Buu - and by the time itâ€ôs over, one of them will be in way over his head!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Laura Bailey

Votes: 291

Contrary to the title of this episode, Gotenks is actually not very awesome. In fact, he's rather stupid and cocky and extremely childish. Gotenks does another stupid move, the ultra volleyball, bouncing Super Buu around before letting him explode. Poor Piccolo HAD to be a part of this stupid episode and degrade his presence by actually participating in Gotenks' stupid maneuvers.

40. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Gotenks Is Born (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After many comical misfires, Trunks and Goten finally perfect the Fusion technique, and Gotenks is born! Defying Piccoloâ€ôs command, the super-kid immediately leaves to go fight ... See full summary »

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Sonny Strait

Votes: 283

This is the episode where we get to see Trunks and Goten attempt fusion more than once and have failed fusions. Much like their failed fusions, this episode also fails.

41. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Meet Vegito (2002)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The bodies of Goku and Vegeta join to form a new Saiyan warrior. The monster Majin Buu is impressed by the strength of his new opponent, but refuses to take him seriously. Will Majin Buuâ€ôs arrogance be his undoing?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Justin Cook, Tiffany Vollmer

Votes: 304

The question is... Do we actually want to meet Vegito? No, not really. He's just another fusion character who is supposed to be super-powered and have no depth whatsoever. Like other fusions, Vegito is rather stupid and cocky and likes to tease his opponent. It's a good thing it doesn't last onscreen too long, but the amount that it does is rather lame nonetheless. Meanwhile, we see filler of Dabura being stupid in heaven acting heartwarming and sweet. This is what happens when we stray from the manga. To see such an awesome concept as Dabura brought to this is not very respectable. And the show's premise wasn't to be a joke. This is also why the manga counterpart is better.

42. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: One More Wish (2000)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With one more wish left, what shall the Z-Fighters wish for?

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Stephanie Nadolny, Sonny Strait, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 274

We see Android 18 get the bomb removed... and Shenron grants the protagonists their wishes, etc. Future Trunks is seen leaving... and Goku and King Kai deliberate where to build a house or travel since they're now dead.

43. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Gohan Goes to High School (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

On his first day of high school, Gohan stops a truckload of bank robbers by turning Super Saiyan. Now, the city can't stop talking about this mysterious "Gold Fighter!" Can Gohan get through class without revealing his secret identity?

Stars: Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Duncan Brannan, Cynthia Cranz

Votes: 279

Gohan goes to school. And he's too strong for the baseball team because he jumps way too high and hits way too hard. Rather boring...

44. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: I Am Saiyaman (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Afraid heâ€ôll be recognized by his classmates, Gohan gets Bulma to design a retractable super-hero costume that he can activate in an instant. Say goodbye to Gohan - and hello to Saiyaman!

Stars: Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Duncan Brannan, Cynthia Cranz

Votes: 271

Gohan wants to protect his identity as a crime-fighter so he dresses up as a goofball called Great Saiyaman to beat up on random crooks. Although it is remotely better than seeing two characters in a beam struggle for ten episodes, this still really sucks bad.

45. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: I'll Fight Too! (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Lights! Camera! Action! The Great Saiyaman is about to become a movie star! But the heroâ€ôs brush with stardom better not take long, because he has to hurry up and tell all of his ... See full summary »

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 262

So all the contestants of the next world tournament are seen here as they announce to each other that they will be competing. Gohan asks around to see who else will join, etc. That's about it.

46. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Gohan's First Date (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gohan thinks being a super-hero is a snap until a pretty girl named Angela discovers his secret. When Angela threatens to tell all unless he goes on a date with her, Gohan's life suddenly becomes more complicated than ever!

Stars: Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Laura Bailey, Duncan Brannan

Votes: 262

Some stupid girl named Angela wants to date Gohan, who is forced to go out with her in order to keep his secret identity... which is rather useless on his part as this secret is let out soon after anyways. We see Gohan go out with this girl and attempt to put out a fire with a water tank alongside Videl... that's about it.

47. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: The Newest Super Saiyan (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

While training for the upcoming tournament, Gohan discovers that Goten has already reached the level of Super Saiyan! Sparks fly when the brothers spar, but the main event happens when Videl meets Chichi for the first time!

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 258

This the episode where we see Goten can also become a Super Saiyan. Does it really matter at this point? At one time, Super Saiyans are a thing of legend, etc. but here is where it doesn't matter. So this kid can turn Super Saiyan too. Big woop. Still sucks.

48. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Camera Shy (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Everyone qualifies for the World Tournament.

Stars: Sean Schemmel, Kyle Hebert, Kara Edwards, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 252

Sharpner tries to get Gohan on camera and reveal his identity as Great Saiyaman and his camera gets busted. While everyone tries to lay low so as not to show off their enormous strength, Vegeta punches a power detector machine and destroys it. This was just great, wasn't it? No, not really...

49. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)
Episode: Big Trouble, Little Trunks (2001)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure