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


Krillin destroyed Bulma’s means of killing Android 18, but considering his own actions and the existence of the Dragon Balls, his sympathy was warranted.


But Dragon Ball Z was the sequel to a much more entrenched predecessor, it quickly upped the ante with increasingly powerful opponents. One of the most powerful of these enemies was Cell, a biological android who nearly defeated the Z Fighters. He was thankfully defeated by Goku’s son, Gohan, but not before reaching his most powerful form. This transformation was brought about by none other than Krillin.


Cell transformed into Perfect Cell after absorbing Android 18, whom Krillin had refused to kill. Although some may criticize Krillin for having a crush on the cyborg woman, his own morality and the existence of the Dragon Balls justify his actions. Here’s why little Z Fighter wasn’t wrong to spare the woman he fell in love with.

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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, lacking much in morality or compassion. This is true of most Saiyans in the franchise, including the initially quite evil Vegeta. Androids are a bit different in this regard, however, with three of the Red Ribbon Army’s creations having some capacity for good. Although Android 19 and Android 20 (actually an Android version of series creator Dr. Gero) were inhumanly bad, the same cannot be said for Android 16, 17 and 18. This is because the completely robotic 16 had a modicum of cuteness, while 17 and 18 were once humans.

Siblings 17 and 18 are never shown to engage in the same lethal acts as the others, at least in Goku’s timeline. They would of course be killers in the world of Future Trunks, but that was a much different reality. The anime for Dragon Ball Z depicts them going on an attack in a mall, but this is completely original anime filler that has no basis in the manga. So Krillin probably felt good in Android 18, his already existing affection for her having nothing to do with it. This was supported by his early joining of the Z Fighters after the events of the Cell Saga, justifying his character judgment. On top of that, Krillin himself had never fought, let alone killed an enemy this way, with enemies such as Frieza and the previous characterization of Vegeta trying to kill him and/or his friends. 18 was not quite in the same situation, which explains his survival, however brief.

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Perfect Cell victims could return with the Dragon Balls

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An element of the dragonball frankness which can undoubtedly hamper the tension is the existence of the eponymous magic objects. Collecting all of the Dragon Balls allows an individual to make a wish through the dragon Shenron. It was through this method (not to mention the Namekian Dragon Balls and their respective dragon Porunga) that the heroes of the series were able to return from such disastrous defeats in the past, solving the Cell Saga being no different. Even though Cell gained his full power by forcibly absorbing Android 18, Krillin knew that as long as the Dragon Balls were collected, any casualties caused by the villain could be undone.

Of course, that’s a somewhat grim way to look at it, especially considering how much of the Dragon Balls’ power is abused throughout the series as a whole. Still, it was worth it to save Android 18’s life (if only temporarily) and convince her to side with the light. The idea of ​​”kill one to save billions” is somewhat difficult to parse in a world where trouble – including death – can simply be wished for. This sort of thing happens a lot in the franchise, and the Cell Saga wouldn’t be the last time. Considering everything was fine in the end and Krillin took a wife and child out of the deal, the little guy can hardly be blamed for trying to give someone a second chance.