Was Krillin right to destroy Bulma’s remote and backup Android 18?


Krillin destroyed Bulma’s resources to kill Android 18, but given her own actions and the existence of the Dragon Balls, his compassion was warranted.


although Dragon Ball Z was the sequel to a much more grounded predecessor, it quickly upped the ante with increasingly powerful opponents. One of the strongest of these enemies was Cell, a biological android who nearly defeated the Z Fighters. He was luckily defeated by Goku’s son Gohan, but only after reaching his most powerful form. This transformation was brought about by none other than Krillin.


Cell turned into Perfect Cell after absorbing Android 18, which Krillin had refused to kill. While some may criticize Krillin for being in love with the cyborg woman, his own morality and the existence of the Dragon Balls justifies his actions. Here’s why little Z Fighter wasn’t wrong in sparing the woman he came to love.

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Krillin spared Android 18 because she wasn’t murderously evil

Android 18 kisses Krillin

For the most part the villains of Dragon Ball Z are devilishly evil and lack much morality or compassion. Such is the case with most of the Saiyans in the franchise, including the initially quite evil Vegeta. However, the Androids are a bit different in this regard, as three of the Red Ribbon Army’s creations have some capacity for good. While Android 19 and Android 20 (actually an Android version from the series’ creator, Dr. Gero) were brutally evil, the same can’t be said for Androids 16, 17, and 18. This is due to the fact that the fully robotic 16 had a certain softness, while 17 and 18 were once human.

Siblings 17 and 18 are never shown as being involved in the same deadly acts as the others, at least in Goku’s timeline. They would be killers in Future Trunks’ world, of course, but this was a very different reality. The anime for Dragon Ball Z portrays them as engaging in a mall attack, but this is entirely anime-original filler that has no basis in the manga. So Krillin probably felt the good in Android 18, with his pre-existing affection for her having nothing to do with it. This was supported by her joining the Z Fighters quickly after the events of the Cell Saga, justifying his character judgment. In addition, Krillin himself had never fought in such a manner, much less killed an enemy, with enemies such as Frieza and the previous characterization of Vegeta attempting to kill him and/or his friends. 18 was not in the same situation, which explains her survival, short as it was.

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Perfect Cell’s victims can be wished back with the Dragon Balls

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Part of the Dragon Ball franchise that can arguably hamper the suspense is the existence of the magical objects of the same name. Collecting all the Dragon Balls allows a person to make a wish through the dragon Shenron. It is through this method (not to mention the Namekian Dragon Balls and their respective dragon Porunga) that the heroes of the series have been able to bounce back from such disastrous defeats in the past, where the Cell’s resolution Saga is no different. Although Cell gained his full power by forcibly absorbing Android 18, Krillin knew that as long as the Dragon Balls were collected, any casualties the villain caused could be undone.

Of course, this is a slightly bleak way of looking at things, especially when you consider how the power of the Dragon Balls is being abused throughout the series. Still, it was worth it to save Android 18’s life (if only temporarily) and convince her to come to the side of the light. The idea of ​​”killing someone to save billions” is somewhat difficult to parse in a world where problems – including deaths – can simply be wished away. This sort of thing happens a lot in the franchise and the Cell Saga wouldn’t be the last. Considering that all was well in the end and Krillin took a wife and child out of the deal, the little man can hardly be blamed for trying to give someone a second chance.