Dragon Ball: 20 Weird Details About Gohan’s Anatomy
Goku is the unquestioned lead character in the universe of Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, but his son Gohan has developed into one of the most recognizable and important characters in his own right. The son of Goku was at one time projected to become the lead character during Dragon Ball Z and has had a number of important storylines explored with him in mind.
While he has never quite lived up to his father’s stature within the Dragon Ball world he is a well-liked and well-known character to many fans of the series. With Gohan appearing in every iteration of the franchise since the first Dragon Ball Z episode aired in April 1989 (in Japan), he has developed deeply as a character along the way.
Starting off as an infant that showed some of his father’s power traits, to his time training with Goku’s former enemy Piccolo right up to meeting Videl and starting his own family, Gohan has been ever-present in the Dragon Ball universe. He might be best-known for his accomplishments during the Cell Games, where he defeated the evil Perfect Cell after his father’s passing – showing himself to have untold potential that early on in the show’s run would have been unthinkable. With Toriyama’s world returning in the form of Dragon Ball Super, we thought it was high time to take a look at Gohan in a much deeper way.
Here are 20 Weird Details About Gohan’s Anatomy.
20 Gohan was named after Goku's adopted father
The introduction of Gohan in Dragon Ball Z helped bridge the five-year gap since the original series – with his own name linking back to Toriyama’s original stories around a young Goku. Gohan, son to Goku and Chi-Chi, was originally called Einstein by his mother – though this name was never made official.
He remained nameless for a brief period during his infancy until Goku mentioned the name of his own grandfather – also called Gohan. The baby Gohan responded happily to this name and both his parents felt that it would be fitting to name him after a man that had so positively impacted Goku’s life growing up on Earth.
19 He was born with a tail
Gohan is a special character in many ways, but one of the earliest details of his life could be one of the most significant. Being a half-human, half-Saiyan offspring, Gohan was born with a tail, just like his Saiyan father was. This tail allowed Gohan to tap into the famed Great Ape ability until Vegeta severed his tail once and for all.
While this might not seem to be overly interesting, it should be noted that Gohan is the only human/Saiyan hybrid that has been born with a tail, with neither Goten nor Trunks having a tail. While this might have been an oversight by Toriyama, it is nice to imagine that this makes Gohan a special case among his fellow hybrids.
18 He looked more like his mother as a child
As he grew up, Gohan began to resemble his father in a number of ways. He has the same eyes and expressions as Goku at various times of his life and has even grown hair similar to that of his father. However, in his early life, he appeared to resemble his mother, Chi-Chi, far more than his father.
His large eyes and paler complexion made him look far closer to his mother in comparison. After Goku’s passing during the battle with Raditz, Gohan’s appearance began to change and he began to grow to look more like his father with each passing season.
17 As a child, he was a coward
Gohan is an ace fighter and is far stronger than the majority of characters in the Dragon Ball universe, but he wasn’t always so attuned to that way of life.
Early on in Dragon Ball Z, Gohan was shown to be one of the most cowardly characters going – often running away from conflict even during his days training with Piccolo. When Goku was shown to have natural strength and interest in fighting during his childhood in Dragon Ball, it was somewhat of a surprise that his own son would be almost a polar opposite at the same stage of his life.
16 His potential was seen very early in his life
Gohan inherited his father’s strength and Saiyan powers and this was evident very early on in his life. In the very first episode of Dragon Ball Z, Gohan fell into a river and appeared to have fallen off a waterfall, only for Goku to see his son holding on to a branch of a tree – despite him being just an infant.
During the battle with Raditz, Gohan got angry and tapped into his own potential to charge headfirst into his uncle’s chest, causing his Saiyan armor to crack. This show of strength led to Piccolo taking Gohan out into the wilderness to train the young boy in anticipation of Vegeta and Nappa’s arrival.
15 Being half-human, he doesn’t like fighting much
Being a human/Saiyan hybrid comes with many unique traits, one of which is their ability to grow more powerful than ordinary Saiyans – as evidenced by the likes of Gohan, Goten, and Trunks, who achieved Super Saiyan far earlier in their lives than their fathers. Another interesting trait is their lowered hunger for battle, with Gohan and Trunks being very similar in this regard.
Gohan has always had a keen interest in knowledge, growing up to become a scholar, and isn’t so readily willing to fight. It took a whole group of Cell Jrs beating on his friends and father to push Gohan over the edge and battle Perfect Cell and Gohan has given up on his fighting career numerous times throughout his life.
14 He has a true Saiyan appetite
The fighting that occurs in the Dragon Ball universe must take up a lot of energy. Goku is famed for his large appetite, especially after a battle, and his son is no exception. Gohan has been seen eating numerous times throughout the show and has always been shown to have a large appetite.
Even as a young child Gohan was seen slicing up the tail of a large dinosaur, only to eat it as if it was a steak. His father, a fully-fledged Saiyan, has arguably the biggest appetite in the whole series but this is one trait that his son has certainly inherited.
13 He is far smarter than Goku
Gohan has been shown to lean towards a life of knowledge rather than combat, going through high school and growing up to become a scholar before being pulled back into his saving the world side project. His father Goku had no formal education growing up and focused more on improving his fighting skills.
This makes Gohan arguably the smartest member of his family, with Chi-Chi fully encouraging her son’s career choices – moving him to a different high school after the Cell Saga to ensure her son grew up to have the best possible education. This does not take anything away from Goku’s own personal knowledge, but Gohan’s structured education and upbringing has helped him greatly in this department.
12 He has his mother’s temper
Gohan is often seen as a paragon of calm throughout his whole life, but there are times that his temper comes out – something that he has inherited from his mother. He is often angered when those close to him are hurt and he lashes out in a variety of ways. When Raditz continually kicked Goku’s broken rib, Gohan exploded out of his space pod prison to headbutt his uncle in retaliation.
The most notable moment that demonstrated Gohan’s temper is when he snapped at his own father. Goku suggested using Videl, Gohan’s future wife, as a way to bribe the Elder Kai to help unlock Gohan’s true potential. Gohan snapped in anger as his father’s suggestion, much to Goku’s surprise, showing that his temper can come out in the same way his mother does – though far less frequently.
11 Gohan was strong enough to fight the Androids for over a decade
Gohan’s strength has been shown growing at a steady pace throughout his life, at times looking as if he could overtake his father in this regard. When Trunks appeared from the future, the one where the androids had effectively destroyed most of humanity, he said that all of the Z fights had been eliminated – except for Gohan.
Trunks explained that Gohan fought the androids solo for around 13 years after all others had been eliminated, unlocking his super Saiyan powers in the process. Being able to fight against the androids alone for so long shows how strong Gohan could become once he truly started to realize his own potential. Gohan eventually passed away in the alternate future, but only after fighting for some time with just one arm.
10 He had a vision of Perfect Cell before he existed
Before the Cell Games, Goku and Gohan trained together in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber – helping to unlock their perfect Super Saiyan form. During his time training in the chamber with his father, Gohan had a vision of Perfect Cell. He imagines his mother and Piccolo entering the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, only to be eliminated by Perfect Cell.
What makes this vision interesting is the fact that Gohan had never met Perfect Cell at this point and Cell himself had not even accomplished this form either. Gohan’s power of foresight is impressive as Cell himself had never been seen in this form, at any point beforehand.
9 His perfect Super Saiyan hair matches Goku’s regular hairstyle
Gohan's hair has had a number of different styles over the years, but one looked rather familiar when it was first seen. During his time training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber with Goku, Gohan and his father achieved the 'perfect' Super Saiyan form - allowing them to maintain full power as an SSJ without expending energy or glowing due to the strain the power originally put on their bodies.
The pale yellow hair that Gohan emerged from the chamber with looked almost exactly the same as Goku's default hairstyle, further making Gohan look closer in appearance to his father - moving away from his appearance as a young child, where he looked more like Chi-Chi.
8 The First Super Saiyan 2
Few fans can forget the moment Goku first turned into a Super Saiyan. It was the first time the famed super-powered version of a Saiyan had been seen and it came shortly after an extremely emotional moment (Krillin's passing at the hands of Frieza). However, it might surprise many that Goku's son was the first person in the Dragon Ball universe to achieve the next level of Super Saiyan - Super Saiyan 2/SSJ2, surpassing his father's own level of power.
With his friends being beaten at the hands of Perfect Cell's 'baby' creations, Cell Jrs, and Perfect Cell eliminating Android 16 in front of him, Gohan unleashed his next level of power and achieved something that had not yet been witnessed. Gohan has been surpassed by others in terms of his Super Saiyan level, but he will always go down as the first person to achieve this power.
7 He defeated all Cell Jrs before defeating Perfect Cell
Before facing off against the title villain of the Cell Saga, recently-achieved Super Saiyan 2 Gohan defeated all seven of Cell's 'babies' - known as Cell Jrs. The Juniors were strong adversaries for the Z Fighters, being seen beating up on them prior to Gohan's ascendancy to Super Saiyan 2. However, with Gohan unlocking his new level of power, they were no match for Goku's son - who took them out with ease.
The seven Cell Jrs were noticeably afraid of Gohan in his new state and all attempted to flee the field of battle, with the Saiyan's new power allowing him to simply catch up to them and crush them in front of their creator. Perfect Cell was fuming once Gohan was finished, with Goku's son staring him down before passing a bag of senzu beans to Trunks before preparing to battle the saga's big bad.
6 Gohan avoids taking credit for defeating Cell
Gohan is credited with being the person that defeated Perfect Cell, avenging the passing of his father and saving the earth from total destruction. However, after the battle, he acts humble and refuses to accept all of the praise despite dealing with the deadly blast that disintegrated the evil android.
In the final seconds of the battle, Vegeta knocked Cell's focus with a ki blast directly from above, with the spirit of Goku encouraging his son to take his opportunity to strike. Gohan's energy wave completely took over Cell and ended the Cell Saga in style, but it might not have happened had it not been for the combined efforts of the other Z Fighters and Vegeta in those final moments.
5 He was a superhero called Great Saiyaman
Seven years after defeating Perfect Cell, Gohan is in high school and working towards a higher level of education. His fighting days are all but over and he now spends his spare time fighting petty criminals in his Super Saiyan form - thus concealing his identity, at least for a brief time.
Videl, his future wife, meets him in Orange Star High School and immediately believes he is the Golden Fighter, as he has become known, due to his resemblance to the popular local hero. In an attempt to conceal his identity further, Gohan creates a new persona called the Great Saiyaman, complete with a new outfit made from Bulma. Videl tricks Gohan into confessing who he really is and forces him to teach her how to fly in return. Despite his identity being discovered, Gohan kept up the character and continued to fight crime for an entire saga.
4 Gohan gives up fighting several times and even becomes a scholar
Gohan's mother had a strong influence on his life during the seven years that Goku was 'gone', leading to him to give up fighting on a regular basis. His general nature leaned more towards studies anyway and with the world seemingly safe from harm, there was no reason for Gohan to continue training.
He fought petty criminals for a time as the Great Saiyaman, but he eventually lost the ability to tap into his Super Saiyan 2 powers due to him becoming rusty. Later on in his life, as seen in Dragon Ball Super, Gohan has grown up to become a professor after once again taking the route of education, with a young family to think about until he is eventually drawn back into action.
3 Videl helped him regain Super Saiyan 2
After ascending to Super Saiyan 2 in order to defeat Perfect Cell seven years earlier, Gohan does not reveal this level for quite some time - leading many fans to believe that he no longer could achieve that level of power again. After Videl was heavily beaten by Spopovich at the World Tournament, Gohan came face to face with Kibito.
Videl's earlier beating had unleashed some of Gohan's anger, prompting him to reveal his Super Saiyan form to Kibito. Gohan then stuns the audience by revealing that there is a level above Super Saiyan, unlocking his Super Saiyan 2 form once again. This show of power undoubtedly came as a result of Gohan's secret feelings for Videl at the time and allowed him to have a reason to unlock his ascended power once again.
2 His Ultimate Form is stronger than Super Saiyan 3
Super Buu was one of the most powerful 'big bads' of any Dragon Ball saga, requiring the likes of Goku and Vegeta to fuse together in order to combat his own level of strength. With Gohan once again being pushed towards being a lead character in the series, he unlocks a level that has been referred to as his 'Ultimate Form'.
This form could arguably be more powerful than a Super Saiyan 3, due to him being able to knock Super Buu around with relative ease upon first revealing the power to the signature villain. With some of the most powerful characters in the show needing to combine power, whereas Gohan is able to overpower him on his own, it is clear that the young human/Saiyan hybrid's power is something truly remarkable.
1 Arguably hasn’t reached his full potential
Gohan was at one stage expected to become the lead character in the Dragon Ball series, taking over from his father on a full-time basis after his passing in the Cell Saga. Unfortunately, the popularity of Goku is hard to overcome and the younger Saiyan was once again reduced to being a second-tier player.
Gohan has been shown to achieve a level of power above all others on two occasions in Super Saiyan 2 and Ultimate Form, but with Goku still being powered up, achieving the power of Super Saiyan God, it is likely that Gohan has still not truly achieved his full potential. Years of studying instead of training have also likely hampered his progress in this regard and it would be truly something if he is able to achieve his full potential by the time the Dragon Ball series is ended once and for all.
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Mystic Gohan: Dragon Ball Z’s Strangest Form, Explained
Gohan is easily one of the most powerful characters in the entire Dragon Ball franchise, so what exactly is the deal with his ultimate transformation?
The Dragon Ball franchise has embraced the recurring trope that many of its characters physically transform into even more powerful forms as they face increasingly formidable opponents. As one of the strongest fighters in the series, Gohan is certainly no exception. The eldest son of the franchise's main protagonist, Goku, Gohan has many of his father's Saiyan transformations, including the first two Super Saiyan forms; in fact, he was the very first to go Super Saiyan 2. However, by the end of Dragon Ball Z, Gohan gained the ability to power up to a different state entirely, unused by any other character in the Dragon Ball canon.
Dubbed by fans as Mystic Gohan or Ultimate Gohan, the transformation has the Saiyan warrior's facial features and hair transform slightly, similar to transformations as a Super Saiyan; however, unlike other forms, Gohan's hair retains its natural black color with the energy aura emanating from him a translucent white instead of the Super Saiyan's trademark golden hue. It is a form that surpasses previously established Super Saiyan forms, even allowing Gohan to go toe-to-toe with Goku at Super Saiyan Blue; and yet, it is perhaps the most undefined Saiyan transformation in the entire franchise.
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Gohan gains access to the Ultimate form while training on the Supreme Kai's planet, accidentally freeing the imprisoned Elder Kai from the Z Sword. To thank him for freeing him, the Elder Kai spends over 20 hours undergoing a bizarre ritual to unlock Gohan's full potential, granting him the Ultimate transformation. Upon powering up, Gohan's energy signature changes entirely, initially making him unrecognizable from a distance to his longtime mentor Piccolo.
In this transformed state, Gohan easily overpowers Majin Buu in the creature's current form, forcing the monster to retreat. While later bested by Buu after the creature absorbs the powers and abilities of Piccolo and a Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, Gohan retains his boosted power levels through the end of the Majin Buu saga.
By the start of Dragon Ball Super, Gohan hasn't trained in years, leading to a dramatic decrease in his power levels. As such, Gohan has trouble even transforming into a Super Saiyan when a resurrected Frieza returns to Earth, and is unable to undergo his Ultimate transformation. As the series progresses, Gohan regains the ability to transform to Super Saiyan 2 before beginning to train for the series' final story arc, the Tournament of Power.
Shortly before the Tournament begins, Gohan's strength has significantly increased, allowing him to transform into his Ultimate state once again and become even stronger than ever before, fighting Goku to a standstill, forcing his father to use the Kaio Ken technique while in his Super Saiyan Blue form to give him the advantage over his son.
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Simply put, Ultimate Gohan is the character's most powerful form, dramatically stronger than other established Saiyan transformations including Super Saiyan 3 and Super Saiyan God. The Elder Kai's mystical ritual boosted Gohan's latent abilities to unseen levels, augmented by additional training, effectively making Gohan's previous transformations largely obsolete.
Depicted as being equal in power to Super Saiyan Blue in the anime, the manga makes the form even stronger, with Gohan in his Ultimate form able to defeat the powerful Kefla in her Legendary Super Saiyan form, a feat narrowly accomplished in the anime by Goku, who was barely able to knock the fused warrior out of the ring in his Ultra Instinct state. Signalling the full potential of Gohan's amazing abilities on display, the Ultimate transformation is a subtle way to differentiate Gohan from his father and Vegeta with his own incredible final form.
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A "main body" of work is the most authentic and significant line of work within the franchise.
The consensus is that the Dragon Ball manga is the most authentic work as it was directly penned by Toriyama, so all the events in the manga and the matching events in the anime would be considered "canon" as well.
Any event in any of the animated work or video games that did not occur in the manga that was not written with the help from Toriyama or contradicts the events of the original manga would be non-canon.
"Branches" goes against the concept of canon, as those "branches" would take place in an alternate universe separate from the "main body". They would be more akin to "what ifs", but made by those who were allowed.
Hypothetically speaking, if Toriyama confirmed that someone would continue the story of Dragon Ball (even without his help), the new author's work would be considered canon. If there is no confirmation, then those works would not be considered canon.
The problem isn't the "rules" of Dragon Ball canon, the problem is that there are multiple sequels that Toriyama has been involved in produced after the end of the original story's run. What someone considers "canon" from that point would be more based in personal preference than what was from before that point. Frankly, that is not an inherently bad thing.
To refer to the biblical canon, there was (and still is) more than one canon of the Bible, one for each sect. Regarding the sequels contributed to by Toriyama (GT, Super, DBO), Dragon Ball indeed has multiple canons, and the claims that there is only one is mainly a subjective declaration now.
- This article is about Goku's son. For Goku's adoptive grandfather, see Grandpa Gohan.
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Son Gohan (,Son Gohan) is a half-breed Saiyan and one of the most prominent characters in the Dragon Ball series. He is the elder son of the series' primary protagonist Goku and his wife Chi-Chi, the eldest nephew of Raditz, the older brother of Goten, the husband of Videl and father to Pan. He is named after Goku's adoptive grandfather, Gohan.
Unlike his father, Gohan lacks a passion for fighting (although, he does possess a strong power within him) and prefers to do so only when his loved ones are threatened. Nevertheless, Gohan fights alongside the Dragon Team in the defense of Earth for much of his life.
Gohan resembles Yamcha in hairstyle, but inherits his father's facial features and black eyes. At the same time, he has his mother's light peach complexion rather than his father's light tan. Also taking after his father, Gohan inherited a Saiyan tail, which was long and prehensile with brown fur. It was removed and regrew a few times during his childhood until removed permanently by Vegeta in their first battle.
When first introduced as a young child, he had short and spiky but relatively well-kept hair. He wore a white sleeveless shirt and green pants with black boots with white lacing, this outfit was covered in a Hanfu-style top that was yellow with green sleeves and on the front his family name, 'Son', written in kanji within a large white circle with black lining. He also wore a red cap with the Four-Star Dragon Ball attached to the top. He later removes the Hanfu-style top to show his outfit when he is ready to train with Piccolo.
While training with Piccolo, after losing his previous outfit from transforming into a Great Ape, he wears an outfit similar to Goku's original, consisting of an orange gi and black belt with a black undershirt, blue wristbands, and black boots with yellow lasing. In the Anime, his uniform is the same as Piccolo's consisting of a purple gi with a red sash and armbands, bronze grass shoes, and a white collar around his neck. At the same time, he wore with the 'Ma' symbol (魔) and his hair grew out more into a mullet-style that reached his shoulders. By the fight against the Saiyans, Gohan grows noticeably more muscular for a child and dons a similar attire to the Namekian warriors. He also sported a white bandana. Gohan's hair has been cut short and has three thick fringes on his head. Before going to Namek with Krillin and Bulma, Gohan is initially seen wearing an outfit worn in private elementary school and later his Namekian outfit. During his battle against Frieza, Vegeta gave Gohan a Battle Armor, which consisted of a blue jumpsuit with white gloves and boots, and a white torso protection with yellow shoulder pads.
During the Androids Saga, his hair grew even longer, reaching his thighs, and his Namekian outfit was modified to include black kung-fu shoes and white shins. While training in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, he wore a similar Battle Armor from Planet Namek, which lacked shoulder pads. After leaving the Time Chamber, he grows noticeably taller (roughly Krillin's height), and also quite muscularly developed for his age. He reverts to Piccolo's clothing for the Cell Games, with the addition of Piccolo's white cape and weighted shoulder pads. During this time his hair is spiky much like Goku's. Gohan's outfit in Bojack Unbound which looks exactly like the one Goku wore in the Androids Saga and Majin Buu Saga.
As a young adult, he becomes similar in height to his father. His hair is much shorter and stands on end in a spiky formation, with a single bang hanging over the right side of his forehead. Having slacked off in training, he looks noticeably skinnier and leaner in frame, though still respectfully muscular. Also similar to his father, Gohan is noted as being very attractive by many females such as Erasa and Angela. He alternates between a school uniform, his Great Saiyaman costume, and a blue gi similar to the Piccolo clothing. While wearing his blue gi, his obi, wrist bands and shin guards are red but in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - Second Coming, the shin guards are reverted to white. During the Buu Saga, he wears Kai clothing given to him by Kibito. In his fight against Super Buu and reuniting with his father and Vegeta after they defeated Kid Buu, Gohan wears an outfit identical to his father. At the party for the celebration of the defeat of Kid Buu, he wears a blue suit as part of his formal clothing.
As an adult in the end of Dragon Ball Z, Gohan's hair would be similar to how it was in the Buu Arc minus the bang which resembles Yamcha's hairstyle from the Androids Saga. In Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Gohan's wears glasses, a blue vest with a long white undershirt, and brown slacks with black shoes.
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Gohan during the Tournament of Power in the manga
In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’/Dragon Ball Super, having since retired from fighting completely and slacked off in his training, Gohan became very scrawny in build. His hair is also smoother and much flatter. Gohan tends to wear formal clothing as he studies to become a professor consisting of a grey collar shirt with a blue vest and red pants. On Frieza's arrival on Earth, he wears a green tracksuit because he forgot where his gi was. After he resumes training with Piccolo, Gohan slicks up his hair again to have spiky ends. By the time of the Tournament of Power, Gohan's training with Piccolo reconditioned his body, becoming basically as muscular as Goku. When battling, he would slick his hair back up again and removes his glasses. Also for the tournament, in the anime Gohan dons the same style gi he wore against Super Buu, while in the manga he dons a gi virtually identical to what he wore at the Cell Games, minus the white cape and shoulder pads.
In Dragon Ball GT, he retains his hairstyle from the end of Dragon Ball Z with the only difference being it is a little longer and is fully swept up, not having any hanging bangs. He is usually seen dressed like a professor or a businessman, in a suit and a tie. He also wears eyeglasses, though he apparently only needs them for reading, due to the fact that he showed no impairment without them for battle. When facing Syn Shenron, Gohan wears a gi resembling that of the ones Goku used to wear throughout Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Super.
In the Assault on the Hell Gate Saga, GT Gohan wears a gi identical to Piccolo's, though without the cape and turban.
As a child, Gohan is a shy and studious intellectual child who lacks the Saiyan fighting spirit, so he had to utilize his incredible half-breed Saiyan potential and emotional reserves to protect those he loves, becoming one of the most powerful Z Fighters. As an adult, he achieves his dream career of becoming a great scholar.
Being only half-Saiyan, Gohan is unusual in his values and personality compared to most full-Saiyans. These unique values and personality separate him from pure Saiyans; as powerful as he is, he does not like fighting much. However, when he is forced to fight, he shows special interest in protecting his family and friends. Like his father, Gohan has a truly pure and gentle heart, apart from having the typical Saiyan appetite and will eat anything.
Though he claims he does not share the love of fighting Goku has, Gohan does indeed love martial arts and adventures. It is also clearly obvious that he enjoys his superhuman powers, and he greatly enjoys using them to be a superhero, though he dislikes receiving the fame and attention that comes with it and prefers to keep a low profile, which is why he created the Great Saiyaman persona, in order to keep his identity a secret. This is even more evident when he didn't acknowledge Cell's defeat at his hands to the public after Mr. Satan falsely took credibility for it. During the Zeno Expo, he admitted that his Saiyan half was getting excited from the challenge shown by Top of Universe 11, demonstrating that even though he despises senseless violence, he actually does enjoy fighting as a sport. It is possible that he prefers not to fight due to the many gruesome and painful fights he experienced in the past, and because of these battles, Gohan has negative emotions associated with fighting.
However, even though he is naturally smart, humble and kind, Gohan himself has been a victim of his own power in the past, whenever Gohan gets a gigantic power boost, he becomes arrogant and cocky, essentially becoming drunk in his power, often acknowledging and even enjoying his superiority over his opponents, as he did when he first became a Super Saiyan 2 against Cell, and later in his life when he achieved his Ultimate form, and fought Super Buu. This fatal flaw of his warrior-personality might be an actual side-effect of his Saiyan-heritage, since Saiyans such as Vegeta, or Nappa, have been known to act similarly when drunk in their own power while fighting. This had to lead him to the brink of defeat on several occasions and has later had to deal with the consequences of his actions, such as the death of his father at the hands of Cell, or Super Buu absorbing him and endangering the entire universe in the process. However, thanks to Piccolo, Gohan works on overcoming this flaw of his, to not let his own superior power blind him on the battlefield ever again.
Besides concerning himself with his family (and his studies), Gohan has a strong attachment with his mentor: his father's former archrival Piccolo. After the death of Goku, Piccolo chose to train Gohan as he sensed the boy's potential power, which would be harnessed to help defend the Earth from the attack of the Saiyans. At first, the relationship with Piccolo is a frightening one, but after just one year, Piccolo admits his change because of the friendship he develops with Gohan and even sacrifices himself to save the boy from Nappa. Gohan has even openly come to think of Piccolo as a surrogate uncle to him. Krillin also has an influence on Gohan, as almost an uncle/nephew relationship, mainly because Krillin is Goku's closest friend. While Gohan does care about his mother, he is like his father in the way that they both have a fear of her temper to the point in Dragon Ball Super he informs his mother that Goku planned to leave to train under Whis, stating that he had to tell her for his own safety, though fortunately Chi-Chi surprisingly calmed down after Goku left with Whis. However, Gohan will defy his mother if it is important as he tells his mother off after she refuses to let him go to Namek to revive Piccolo using the Namekian Dragon Balls, due to feeling responsible for Piccolo's death at the hands of Nappa.
After the battle with Cell, Gohan gives up martial arts to focus on his studies and only resumed his training at the behest of his little brother Goten. Although he acknowledged he had fallen out of practice and lacked the fighting expertise of his father and Vegeta, Gohan gave all that he had as he fought Majin Buu and was eager to kill Buu for murdering his family and friends. In the years to come, he continued to train on-and-off while having a career and being a family man. He marries Videl, with whom he fell in love despite her being Mr. Satan's daughter, and has a daughter named Pan. Gohan proves to be a loving husband and doting father who takes delight in lavishing his daughter with attention and affection.
Unlike his father, Gohan demonstrates interest in girls such as Videl though he is generally shy when it comes to girls around his own age and is respectful more towards girls and women due to his mother's influence (as Chi-Chi ensured that he and his brother had better manners and education than their father). However he can be at times just as oblivious as his father when it comes to romance as he is good natured personality as shown when he suggested Videl cut her hair for practical reasons though she assumed it was because he preferred girls with short hair and angrily told him off when she learned his true reasons as she herself was slowly developing a crush on him at the time and mistook his obliviousness as a sign that he wasn't interested, though she later followed his advice much to his utter confusion. However he too slowly developed feelings for Videl after spending time with her and was deeply angered when she was brutalized by Spopovich to the point he rage caused him to involuntarily transform into a Super Saiyan causing him to lose his bandana, while doing everything he could to restrain himself from interrupting the match. He was even determined to avenge her by defeating Spopovich in the tournament though this ultimately did not occur and Spopovich was killed by Babidi. He also hid his role in Cell's defeat from her out of respect for her and her father, though later came clean during the conflict with Majin Buu though she herself was actually relieved as she had always secretly questioned the validity of her father's claims and only made her feelings for Gohan stronger as she recognized he was truly an awesome guy as he was humble about his achievement and never sought to profit from his defeat of Cell as he could have easily refuted Mr. Satan's claims had he wanted to by simply defeating him in a show of power.
Gohan's feelings for her where so strong that during the Fusion Saga he angrily opposed his father suggestion of using her to bribe the perverted Old Kai to unlock his potential. In fact his angry reaction to his father's questionable yet well meaning suggestion is not unlike Chi-Chi's temper, indicating that he inherited his temper from her which due to his Saiyan genetics likely contributed to his berserker-like rage as a child (as Saiyans can increase strength through rage). However he is somewhat bashful about his feelings for Videl due to his shyness. In Xenoverse 2, while working as an Instructor with Videl his oblivious personality is still present despite his feelings for her (as they are from a time period after the Kid Buu Saga, though still in the early stages of their relationship) as he obliviously asks the Future Warrior to join them when Videl suggests they go to the movies unaware that she was subtly asking Gohan out on a date causing her to angrily uninvite him stating she and the warrior would go to the movies without him out of frustration (she however enlists the Future Warrior's assistance in learning what Gohan likes in an effort to impress him as her attempts have been frustrated by Gohan's well-meaning but pure-hearted obliviousness). However he and Videl managed to bond and grow closer even fighting crime together as the Saiya Squad with Videl even donning her own alter-ego Great Saiyaman 2 (Great Saiyawoman in the Funimation dub) and even developing a fondness for heroic posing despite finding it ridiculous at first, though in Xenoverse 2 it is implied that she reluctantly agreed to pose at Great Saiyaman's insistence and found that she actually enjoyed it which apparently increased their bond with one another. After his marriage to Videl, he became a devoted husband. He felt terrible when Videl was injured during Bulma's birthday due to his drunken overconfidence causing him to recklessly defect a bullet shot by Mai, though fortunately neither Videl or the unborn Pan were seriously hurt and Dende was on hand to heal the injury. Videl later revealed she was pregnant much to Gohan and their family's joy, with Gohan excited at becoming a father. An equally devoted father, though due to his job and family life he neglected his training which left him unprepared for Frieza's revenge.
After witnessing the death of Piccolo, Videl and Pan at the hands of Frieza before it was undone by Whis' Temporal Do-Over (as it was only undone and is still consider part of the official timeline as Whis' absence in an altered timeline in Xenoverse 2 resulted in Gohan dying with his father and everyone saved by Whis, when Frieza destroyed the Earth after Whis and Beerus had been lured away from Age 779 to Age 852 by Towa's trickery, only for it to be undone by the actions of Whis and the Future Warrior to restore the proper history), Gohan realizes that he must get much stronger in order to protect them. Because of this, he asks Piccolo to train him once again. His devotion to protecting his new family helped him regain his strength and he even returned to fighting crime as Great Saiyaman (though Videl remained retired from crime fighting as she was more devoted to being a supportive wife and mother to their baby girl). However while working as a stunt double for Barry Kahn for the Great Saiyaman film after Mr. Satan got him the job (allowing him to ensure the film portrayed his alter-ego accurately so to protect Great Saiyaman's image as a heroic crime fighter), his identity as Great Saiyaman was discovered by pop idol Cocoa Amaguri (after she overheard Gohan talking about it to Bulma) who blackmailed him to fly her around town and do a rehearsal with her (as she was portraying Great Saiyaman's fictional love interest and damsel in distress in the film) though the rehearsal was something that Barry Kahn forced her to do as he planned to blackmail Gohan (and unbeknownst to Cocoa ruin her career at the same time) though Cocoa tried her best to avoid the planned set up by changing the location of the rehearsal as she had developed a crush on Gohan after recognizing how devoted he was to his wife and daughter, though she innocently kissed him on the lips to thank him for his kindness and words of encouragement, unaware that Barry Kahn had secretly followed them and took a picture though Barry's plan was thwarted by Videl seeing through his show of concern in an attempt to woo her after providing her with the photo as evidence that Gohan was unfaithful (when in reality Cocoa had kissed him without warning). After Barry was possessed by Watagash, he kidnapped Pan causing Gohan as Great Saiyaman to become Super Great Saiyaman (basically Gohan transformed into a Super Saiyan while wearing his Great Saiyaman helmet) and defeat the Possessed Barry (who had turned into a monster due to his evil nature powering up Watagash) to protect his family from the possessed actor, managing to separating Barry from Watagash (who was arrested by Jaco as Watagash was a wanted fugitive), though Barry is later blackmailed by Cocoa to prevent him from revealing Gohan's secret identity to the world out of spite. Both Videl and Pan both had the faith Gohan would protect them showing they both know Gohan would do everything in his power to ensure their safety.
By the time of the Tournament of Power, Gohan has become considerably more powerful than before, although it is unclear as to how much more powerful he has become as Piccolo has stated that Gohan's power is truly bottomless and that he can continue to further strengthen himself to new heights. However, despite reawakening his power, Piccolo points out his tendency to become arrogant and let his guard down could prove disastrous for Team Universe 7 during the tournament so Piccolo tries to discipline Gohan in order to break this dangerous habit. After witnessing his son's newfound power, fighting instincts and keeping in mind his keen intellect, Goku makes the decision to step aside from the role of Team Captain and appoints Gohan as the Captain of Team Universe 7 after their fight, stating Gohan's power is similar to his own and his intelligence makes him ideal for the role. Ultimately, Gohan’s goal to grow stronger has taken a unique path compared to other Saiyans. While desiring to surpass his father, he wishes to do so by his own terms and methods, choosing to focus on empowering his natural and unamplified power rather than depend on any Super Saiyan transformations, viewing this as relying more on his Earthling-side than that of Saiyan. During the tournament, Gohan proved to be a very capable leader coming up with numerous strategies on the spot to defeat troublesome opponents. Even Frieza, who detests all Saiyans, actually compliments Gohan's leadership skills, calling him a worthy leader.
In Dragon Ball Online, it is shown that as a scholar Gohan became devoted to studying and researching the nature of ki and begins researching the martial arts of the past, organizing them in his book Groundbreaking Science in Age 804. The book became extremely popular and introduced the concept of ki to the general population of Earth sparking a renewed interest in the martial arts and fighting. One of the articles, "Katchin Can Be Cut!", had an immense influence on his brother and Trunks leading them to study swordsmanship which allowed them to develop their natural potential via intense training and as adults Goten and Trunks founded the Kikoukenjutsu Sword School. The renewed interest in the martial arts also had to lead to the founding of the New Turtle School by Krillin and New Crane School by Tien Shinhan. As Goku and Vegeta had left Earth to settle their rivalry in Age 801 after Goku realized his death was imminent, it was left to the remaining Z Fighters Gohan, Goten, Pan, Trunks, Krillin, and Tien to defend the Earth after the remnants of the Frieza Force invaded Earth following the death of Gohan's father-in-law Mr. Satan whom the Guard Troops that lead the army assumed had defeated Frieza. Like he had in the past, Gohan resorted to using his old alter-ego Great Saiyaman to defend the Earth and managed to convince Pan, Goten, Trunks, Krillin, and Tien to disguise themselves with Saiyaman-like suits as well to hide their identities while combating the Frieza Force, however their ki-based fighting style became a hot topic and global interest in ki escalated. As a result, Gohan in his role as a scholar and Z Fighter ended up sparking a martial arts revolution on Earth and secretly continued to defend Earth with his family and friends as he had done for most of his life.
Gohan was born in May 18 of Age 757, about a year after Goku and Chi-Chi married following the conclusion of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. As a newborn, he went on for a time without a name until Goku's grandfather's name was mentioned, which Gohan liked, as opposed to the name his mother chose (Einstein). His early childhood was a pampered one, unlike his father's. His life was relatively well-balanced with a loving family and a nice home. Gohan was well-adjusted and intelligent, but unlike his father as a child, he lacked any affection for fighting and was easily scared at a level that most normal children would be. Goku gave Gohan the four star Dragon Ball and put it into a hat for him to honor his grandpa. Once, Goku and Chi-Chi were walking through a meadow with Gohan on a stroller, but the stroller was accidentally released, causing them to chase after it. Gohan was then sent flying out of the stroller, but his latent powers' brief awakening not only allowed him to survive crashing into a tree, but also plowing a hole through the trunk, amazing Goku at the hidden power of Gohan.
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