The Life, Strengths, Abilities & Powers of Gohan From Dragon Ball Z

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Dragon Ball is one of the most well-known manga and anime franchises in history. While the series began as a simple adventure story, it evolved into one of the most complex and epic fantasy sagas ever told. 

This series is filled with wonderful characters, each with their own distinct personality. Gohan is one of the most powerful a fictional character in the DragonBall manga series created by Akira Toriyama. You will know who Gohan is after reading some of his most important quotes. He is Goku’s son and a young martial artist. 

This character has appeared in a variety of other mediums, including video games, manga, and anime. Gohan is such an important character in the DragonBall series that the mangaka planned to make him the protagonist. Despite his status as a supporting character, he is Goku’s eldest son and one of the Earth’s most powerful defenders.

Gohan’s son ( Son Gohan) is a half-breed Saiyan and one of the series’ most prominent characters. He is the elder son of the series’ main protagonist Goku and his wife Chi-Chi, the eldest nephew of Raditz, Goten’s older brother, Videl’s husband, and Pan’s father. Gohan, Goku’s adoptive grandfather, inspired his name. 

Unlike his father, Gohan has no desire to fight (despite possessing a strong power within him) and prefers to do so only when his loved ones are threatened. Nonetheless, Gohan spends much of his life fighting alongside the Dragon Team in the defense of Earth.

Gohan is one of the most intriguing characters in Dragon Ball Z. This was only the beginning; we’ll go into greater detail about the characters in this piece.

The Backstory of Gohan’s Life

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Gohan was born on May 18, 757, about a year after Goku and Chi-Chi married after the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament. As a newborn, he went without a name for a while until Goku’s grandfather’s name was mentioned, which Gohan preferred over the name his mother chose (Einstein). Unlike his father, his early childhood was lavish. 

His life was relatively balanced, with a loving family and a comfortable home. Gohan was well-adjusted and intelligent, but unlike his father as a child, he had no interest in fighting and was easily scared, as most normal children would be. To honor his grandfather, Goku gave Gohan the four-star Dragon Ball and placed it in a hat. Goku and Chi-Chi were walking through a meadow with Gohan in a stroller when the stroller was accidentally released, causing them to pursue it. Gohan was then thrown out of the stroller, but his latent powers’ brief awakening allowed him to not only survive crashing into a tree but also to plow a hole through the trunk, astounding Goku at Gohan’s hidden power.

The Creators & Inspiration of Gohan

Masako Nozawa voices Gohan in the original Japanese anime and all other media. Nozawa, who also voices Goku, revealed that she had no idea she would be playing Gohan until she received the script on the day of the episode’s recording. Despite having to voice Gohan, Goku, Goten, and Bardock, Nozawa claims she can instantly transform into each character simply by looking at their image.

Saffron Henderson voices Gohan in the original 1996 English dub of Dragon Ball Z by Funimation and Saban Entertainment. Henderson reprised her role in the alternate dub for the UK and Canadian markets produced by AB Group and Westwood Media in 2000. Henderson was replaced in the latter part of the Cell arc by Jillian Michaels, and his adult version is voiced by Brad Swaile. 

Henderson believed her experience as Goku in Dragon Ball made it easy to develop Gohan’s voice, but she stressed that performing as him was “tiresome” due to the series’ action requiring louder volumes. She also remembered scheduling conflicts as a result of her wedding, which allowed the studio to audition other voice actors for the role of Gohan and being disappointed with the role being filled. 

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Gohan’s child incarnation is voiced by Stephanie Nadolny for various media until 2010 and Colleen Clinkenbeard for Dragon Ball Kai and later media in Funimation’s in-house dub, while his adult embodiment is voiced by Kyle Hebert for almost all various media and Dameon Clarke as “Future Gohan” for some episodes and the History of Trunks TV special.

The Striking Powers of Gohan from DBZ!

As demonstrated during his training with his younger brother Goten, Gohan possesses superhuman strength and durability, as well as superhuman speed and reflexes. Gohan is depicted as a child with enormous hidden potential, which first manifested itself when he experienced fierce rage or distress.

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The magnitude of this potential is demonstrated repeatedly throughout the series as he ages and learns to master his powers through constant training and battles, the earliest example being his brief encounter with Raditz. Gohan’s potential was unlocked twice in the series: first by the Namekian Grand Elder, and then fully unlocked by Old Kai-shin, allowing him to easily overwhelm the seemingly invincible Majin Buu.

Did You Know Gohan Was Half-Saiyan?

As a Half-Saiyan, he has the ability to transform into an Oozaru, a massive ape-like creature, by absorbing full moon waves. He lost this ability after Piccolo and later Vegeta cut off his tail. At the age of nine, he was the third-youngest Saiyan to achieve the Super Saiyan transformation.

Surpassing his father Goku in the Room of Spirit and Time (Hyperbolic Time Chamber), and as a display of his hidden potential, which he unlocked during his training to his father, Gohan becomes the first Saiyan in the series becoming a Super Saiyan 2 during his battle against Cell.

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Though Gohan had become much weaker as a result of not training following the Cell Games, he became stronger than he had ever been after his potential was unlocked by Old Kai-shin. Gohan was stronger than Super Saiyan 3 Goku and Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks with this power-up because he could easily dominate Super Buu without transforming.

Gohan Has The Ability to Overpower The Most Powerful

Gohan has given up fighting and has gradually weakened to the point where he can no longer use his Super Saiyan transformations without straining himself. In his base form, Gohan can still hold his own against Frieza’s soldiers, Shisami, and Tagoma, and he can overpower them when he transforms into a Super Saiyan.

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Gohan returned to Piccolo’s training after Frieza’s attack on Earth. Gohan is pushed to his limits during his training with Piccolo prior to the start of the Tournament of Power, and he manages to re-discover his hidden power, becoming stronger than ever before.  Following this, he has demonstrated that he is now capable of combating foes of God-level might have held his own in a sparring match against his father Goku in his Super Saiyan Blue form, as well as Frieza in his Golden Frieza form. 

Gohan can use Buk-jutsu (, “Air Dance Technique”) to fly by freely manipulating ki, a life-force energy. He can also focus his ki to fire energy blasts like the Kamehameha (, Masenk, lit. “Turtle Destruction Wave”) or the Masenko (, Masenk, lit. “Demon Flash”). [17] Gohan has demonstrated defensive ki use, such as generating protective energy shields. Gohan is a skilled swordsman as well as an excellent teacher, both as a child and as an adult.

Gohan Has a Witty, Friendly & Protective Personality

Gohan is a shy and studious intellectual child who lacks the Saiyan fighting spirit as a child, so he must use his incredible half-breed Saiyan potential and emotional reserves to protect those he loves, eventually becoming one of the most powerful Z Fighters. 

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As an adult, he realizes his childhood ambition of becoming a great scholar. In comparison to most full-Saiyans, Gohan’s values and personality are unusual for a half-Saiyan. These distinct values and personality traits distinguish him from pure Saiyans; despite his great strength, he dislikes fighting. When forced to fight, he is especially concerned with protecting his family and friends. Gohan, like his father, has a truly pure and gentle heart in addition to the typical Saiyan appetite and will eat anything.

He Does Have a Competitive Nature

Though he claims he does not share Goku’s love of fighting, Gohan does enjoy martial arts and adventures. It is also clear that he enjoys his superhuman abilities and enjoys using them to be a superhero, though he dislikes 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 hidden.

This was made clear when he refused to publicly acknowledge Cell’s defeat at his hands after Mr. Satan falsely claimed credit for it. During the Zeno Expo, he admitted that his Saiyan half was excited by the Top of Universe 11 challenge, demonstrating that, while he despises senseless violence, he enjoys fighting as a sport. It’s possible that he prefers not to fight because of the many gruesome and painful battles he’s had in the past, and as a result of these battles, Gohan associates fighting with negative emotions.

Intelligence, Kindness, & Honor is What Gohan is All About As a Person

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Despite his natural intelligence, humility, and kindness, Gohan has been a victim of his own power in the past. Whenever Gohan receives a massive power boost, he becomes arrogant and obnoxious, essentially becoming drunk in his power, often acknowledging and even able to enjoy his superiority over his opponents, as he did when he first has become a Super Saiyan 2 against Cell, and later in his life when he achieved his Ultimate form and fought Super Buu.

This fatal flaw in his warrior-personality could be a result of his Saiyan ancestry, as Saiyans like Vegeta and Nappa have been known to act similarly when drunk on their own power while fighting. This had to push him to the brink of defeat on several occasions, and he has since had to deal with the consequences of his actions, such as his father’s death at the hands of Cell, or Super Buu absorbing him and endangering the entire universe. However, thanks to Piccolo, Gohan is working on overcoming this flaw in order to never again let his superior power blind him on the battlefield.

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Unlike his father, Gohan expresses interest in girls such as Videl, despite being shy around girls his own age and being more respectful towards girls and women due to his mother’s influence (as Chi-Chi ensured that he and his brother had better manners). However, as a good natured personality, he can be just as oblivious as his father when it comes to romance, 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

Gohan's Attacks Always Pack a Punch Thanks To His Hidden Yet Limitless Power - Enemies, Fights & More

Gohan, the half-Saiyan, is finally coming into his own as a fighter. In the ongoing Dragon Ball Super manga, for example, he recently fought Seven-Three, one of the evil Moro’s top subordinates. 

Fans will recall that Goku’s elder son has had many ups and downs during previous conflicts. To better understand Gohan’s renewed commitment to the warrior path, here are some of his most memorable fights from the Dragon Ball anime series.

Versus Evil Buu

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In the manga, Gohan only has about ten full fights. He attacks a variety of enemies, but in full-fledged fights? He’s surprisingly deficient in that area. His final fight in the original series is against Evil Buu, also known as Super Buu, and… it’s fine. Primarily in a vacuum. The build-up to the fight is fantastic, and the sparse choreography is both smooth and cathartic.

In every way, Gohan has the upper hand over Buu. In the manga, Buu almost immediately ends the fight, which becomes a problem. Toriyama hopes you enjoyed Ultimate Gohan’s dominance chapter.

Versus Dabra

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Gohan’s first real fight in the Buu arc isn’t particularly impressive, either, but it’s far from bad. It’s a perfectly acceptable fight in a cool setting with cool choreography and Gohan fighting a cool antagonist. Its main flaws, like most fights in the Buu arc, are its short length and inconclusive nature.

This fight never ends, and Gohan is never rematched. Not only that, but he’s having trouble keeping up with Dabra. The plot clearly calls for a rematch, but it never happens because Dabra is killed by Buu. As good as the fight is in the moment, which it truly is, hindsight makes it difficult to appreciate.

Versus Buutenks

Toriyama makes no attempt to portray Gohan as the main character at this point. He’s just looking for a way to reintroduce Goku into the story, and… to his credit, he made the right decision. The Buu arc wasn’t working with Gohan as the protagonist. Gohan works best as a supporting character, which is exactly what he does here.

Even after unleashing his full potential and going into the fight against Buu with the intention of killing him as soon as possible, Gohan fails due to unforeseen circumstances. Goku is forced to watch as Gohan fights for his life. It’s one of the few times in the series that feels truly terrifying. It’s also not as short as previous Buu arcs.

Versus Recoome

Although Vegeta gets the majority of the credit for the fight against Recoome, Gohan does contribute to some extent. Above all, his role in this fight is to show the fruits of his character development. Recoome clearly represents Nappa, but Gohan isn’t backing down this time.

On the verge of death, he confronts Recoome, declares himself the son of Son Goku, and launches a futile strike. It’s a visceral and brutal scene from Dragon Ball. Despite Gohan’s maturation, this is yet another minor reversal in the Nappa fight. Goku does arrive on time, but not until it’s too late.

Versus Cell

While Gohan’s fight against Cell includes a brief interlude in which he slaughters a slew of Cell Juniors, splitting the fight in half doesn’t help. It’s better to leave it as a complete fight with two acts and a minor break in between. Otherwise, there isn’t much to chew on. This is a fairly dull battle in terms of choreography, especially when compared to Goku’s fight with Cell.

Having said that, it’s very emotional and does a fantastic job of giving Gohan some meaty last-minute character development. Toriyama sells his arc well even without the build-up, and Gohan’s transformation and the Father-Son Kamehameha are two of Dragon Ball’s most iconic moments.

Versus Cell Juniors

This fight consists of Gohan annihilating a slew of Cell Juniors in increasingly brutal ways, but it’s a welcome diversion from all the Perfect Cell action. Not only that, but it’s extremely cathartic. Cell has just murdered sixteen people, and the supporting cast is struggling to keep up.

Suddenly, Gohan appears as a Super Saiyan 2 and seizes control of the situation. The Cell Juniors are terrified as Gohan easily dispatches them. Everyone is struggling as Gohan asserts himself as Dragon Ball’s strongest character. It’s an impressive scene, full of visceral action and intense emotion.

Versus Buutenks (Anime)

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During this fight, the anime actually pretends that Gohan is the main character. It is given far more weight, and the fight is framed as if it were the true final battle. Gohan and Buutenks even imitate Goku and Vegeta’s classic poses from the Saiyan arc. With a longer fight, Gohan appears to experience a higher high.

Granted, the anime version of the fight is fundamentally different due to Gohan’s ability to fight back. He’s trying to survive in the manga. In the anime, he occasionally tries to win. It’s a minor distinction, but it does help to contextualize Gohan’s final battle.

Versus Freeza

Surprisingly, Gohan is the character who battles Freeza the most after Goku. Before Piccolo appears, he is the one actively fighting Freeza in his second form. While Gohan eventually finds himself at Freeza’s mercy, he fights valiantly. Gohan takes complete control of the situation, buying Piccolo and Goku some time.

Vegeta is cowering and crying the entire time, unsure of what to do. Gohan even manages to enter a rage state that causes significant damage to Freeza. Not enough to kill him or bring the fight to a close, but enough to enrage the galactic tyrant.

Versus Nappa

Gohan, along with Piccolo and Krillin, takes part in what is arguably Dragon Ball’s best group battle. They work together as they desperately try to defeat Nappa—or, as best they can. Piccolo and Krillin work well together in this fight, but Gohan can’t muster the courage to fight Nappa until it’s too late.

With Piccolo gone, Gohan is left to fend for himself while Goku rushes to save the two of his remaining friends. The Saiyans all did an excellent job of conveying genuine threats that the main characters might not be able to overcome.

Versus Vegeta

Gohan vs. Recoome represents Gohan asserting his maturity since the Saiyan arc. Gohan vs. Vegeta is Gohan maturing. This is the fight in which Gohan finally shows true bravery in the face of the Saiyans. He doesn’t back down, charging headfirst into his fight with Vegeta.

A large portion of the fight is framed by Goku giving Krillin the Genki Dama as well, making the battle extremely high stakes. The absence of Krillin, only for Gohan to push the Genki Dama into Vegeta, is a nice twist that leads to even grander combat as Gohan transforms into an Oozaru, severely weakening Vegeta.

Meet The Family & Friends of Gohan!

gohan family

Son Goku has always been the focal point of Dragon Ball. It could be argued that he and Bulma were co-leads at the start of the franchise, but this ignores the fact that Dragon Ball begins with Goku, and the story is almost entirely told through his eyes. Everyone except Goku leaves the main cast as the 21st Tenkaichi Budokai arc begins.

For the majority of Dragon Ball, Goku’s family life was an early affair, but that all changed when he reunited with Chichi at the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai and started a family. The focus of Dragon Ball then shifted from Goku’s life to that of his family, which was frequently framed through the eyes of his son, Gohan. The plot is driven more by the Son men than by Goku and Gohan.

Grandpa Gohan

Son Gohan, also known as Grandpa Gohan, is the Son lineage’s most distant ancestor in Dragon Ball. While the specifics of Son Gohan’s life are unknown, there are some hints scattered throughout the first three-story arcs that paint a more complete picture of who he was.

Grandpa Gohan, like Goku, trained under Master Roshi alongside Gyumao, eventually becoming Roshi’s star pupil at the time (a role which Goku would take on for himself.) Yamcha can tell that Gohan studied under him because his fighting style is distinct. Gohan was eventually killed when his grandson transformed during a full moon, but their match during Uranai Baba’s tournament demonstrates that they have no grudges. Gohan is not Goku’s biological grandfather, having adopted the Saiyan after discovering the baby crash-landed in the woods, but this has no bearing on their actual relationship.

Son Goku

Dragon Ball Son Goku

The fact that Goku had a tail always indicated that he was unique, but Dragon Ball’s Earth is strange enough that oddities like a boy with a monkey tail aren’t out of place. This only adds to the surprise when it is revealed that Goku is an alien, specifically a Saiyan. Goku was aware that he was Gohan’s adopted grandson, but this fundamentally alters Goku’s self-perception.

Throughout the Saiyan and Namek arcs, Goku struggles with his heritage. There aren’t any major development moments (aside from his iconic speech to Frieza), but care is taken to contrast Goku with Vegeta. They’re both Saiyans, but Goku is determined to keep the fact that he was raised on Earth. 

When Frieza kills Krillin, Goku transforms into a Super Saiyan, channeling his rage and anger at Frieza. But not without first asserting his identity as a Saiyan raised on Earth. From there, Goku is more eager than ever to acknowledge his Saiyan ancestors while ignoring how Earth’s people shaped him. In the end, Goku is more of a Son than a Kakarot.


Goku and Chichi, Son Goku’s future wife, first meet at the beginning of the series. Chichi isn’t even reintroduced in the manga until the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai– spending years out of the action and making for a cheeky joke when Chichi unexpectedly returns to make sure Goku follows through on his promise to marry her.

Goku, being Goku, had no idea what marriage entails at the time. However, Goku, being Goku, recognizes that he cannot break a promise and dedicates the rest of his life to Chichi. For what it’s worth, Goku and Chichi have a decent relationship. While they aren’t as affectionate as a traditional couple, it’s clear they care about one another. This is more obvious in the manga, as the anime contains a lot of filler that portrays Chichi negatively. It’s impossible to ignore how frequently Goku mentions his wife after they marry, even in passing.

Son Gohan

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Son Gohan, named after Goku’s grandfather, was introduced as Goku’s son at the start of the Saiyan arc. Following the 23rd Tenkaichi Budokai, Goku and Chichi start a family almost immediately, devoting their young adult lives to raising a son. Goku, notably, does not have the opportunity to train Gohan during this time (apparently prioritizing fatherhood overtraining), but he still sees potential in Gohan.

Because of his half Saiyan/half Earthing ancestry, this potential becomes the focal point of Gohan’s character arc throughout Dragon Ball. Piccolo trains Gohan to unlock his latent talents after Goku’s death in the Saiyan arc. This is brought up again in the Frieza, Cell, and Buu arcs, where Gohan’s seemingly limitless potential is always revealed. 

Akira Toriyama had intended for Gohan to take over as the main character during the Cell Games, but this was ultimately scrapped by the 25th Tenkaichi Budokai. Having said that, Gohan is still treated with a great deal of respect in the story. He may not bring the series to a close, but he accomplishes his goals while reaffirming his relationship with martial arts–not his father’s.


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Videl, who is roughly the same age as Gohan, is introduced as his love interest at the beginning of the Majin Buu arc. Videl’s presence naturally brings conflict, as she is the daughter of Mr. Satan, the man who takes credit for Gohan’s defeat of Cell, but Gohan takes it all in stride. He wants nothing more than to get rid of Videl at first, but they quickly develop feelings for one another.

Akira Toriyama does not write romance well, but the chemistry between Gohan and Videl is undeniably endearing. Videl is also the best-written love interest in Dragon Ball, receiving significant development before exiting the story. Her fiery personality contrasts nicely with Gohan’s passive demeanor, and the fact that she loves martial arts gives them common ground to stand on.

Son Goten

Goku died during the Cell Games, but not before he and Chichi could have another child. Despite the fact that Goku would be dead for seven years, he would leave behind a new son– Son Goten. For the majority of his life, Goten was raised without a father, leaving Chichi and Gohan to care for him. Goten is an intriguing combination of Goku and Gohan as a child. While he resembles Goku, he has Gohan’s more passive personality.

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At the same time, he’s not as passive as Gohan was, and he’s a bit of a troublemaker thanks to his friendship with Trunks. As the series concludes, Goten experiences an identity ‘crisis’ as a child, which causes him to change his hairstyle. To be fair, if he didn’t, he’d look exactly like his father, so it’s probably for the best. Goten’s love of martial arts appears to have been replaced as an adult by a love of women.


Pan, the Son family’s youngest member, is introduced near the end of the Majin Buu arc. She doesn’t have much time to shine before Dragon Ball ends, but she gets a lot of attention. Notably, Goku has taken a special interest in Pan, and it appears that the two have formed a bond similar to Goku’s relationship with his own grandfather, Gohan.

Goku sees Pan’s full potential as well. Pan, Gohan’s daughter, should be able to outperform almost every character in the main cast at the age of four. Pan embodies the idea that the next generation will always outperform the previous one. Dragon Ball GT didn’t exactly follow up on Pan, but hopefully, Dragon Ball Z will.

The Love Interests of Gohan

Gohan’s main love interest is Videl, whom he eventually marries. He fell in love with her despite the fact that she was Mr. Satan’s daughter, and they have a daughter named Pan. Gohan is a devoted husband and father who delights in lavishing attention and affection on his daughter.

When Gohan and Videl were 16 years old, they met in high school. To begin with, Gohan was uninterested in girls because of his lack of experience with romance and dating as a result of his sheltered upbringing, and Videl was initially hostile towards him due to his unusual shyness and quietness.

When he would arrive late for school during the times when the Golden Fighter or the Great Saiyaman would appear to stop criminals in the city, she became suspicious. Gohan tried to avoid her as she demanded more information about him. It was at school that Gohan discovered Videl is the daughter of Mr. Satan, the imposter who took credit for Gohan defeating Cell. 

As a result, Gohan tried even harder to avoid her, but Videl persisted in her quest to learn more about Gohan. When she discovered he was both warriors, she threatened to reveal the information to the public if he didn’t teach her how to fly before the 25th World Tournament. Despite his reluctance and fear of Videl, Gohan agreed to keep his secret and his family’s privacy. 

Videl remained hostile to Gohan even after weeks of teaching her how to fly because she didn’t understand the methods required to fly. He also suggested she cut her long hair so it didn’t get in her way and make it easier for her to fly, which Videl mistook for an insult. Despite this, she cut her hair and insisted on continuing her training. 

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Videl then learned to fly and grew more gentle with Gohan, who was gradually won over by Videl’s gentle side. As the 25th World Tournament began, Gohan and Videl began to develop romantic feelings for each other, despite their insistence that they were just friends. Everyone, including the simple-minded Goku, deduced that it was more than just friends and teased them. 

During the battle with Majin Buu, Videl discovered that Gohan was the one who defeated Cell, and he was proud of him for his strength in defeating such a powerful foe as a child. Videl was devastated when Goku told her that Gohan had been killed by Buu, and she tearfully admitted that she had fallen in love with him but refused to believe he was dead.

She was correct, as Supreme Kai saved Gohan and sent him to another world to train. When Gohan returned to Earth, he discovered that Buu had killed Videl, and he wanted to exact revenge by killing Buu, but he failed when Buu blew up the Earth, killing Gohan and anyone else who remained. Gohan and Videl reunited and married after his resurrection and Buu’s defeat. 

They marry four years after the Buu conflict and have a daughter named Pan a year later. They are very loving and devoted to each other as a married couple. Gohan works hard as a scholar to support his family, but Videl encourages him to continue his training so that he can protect them. Gohan looked after her and was concerned about her health during her pregnancy. When their family members were worried about what Pan would be like as an adult, Videl expressed her desire for Pan to become a martial artist like her and Gohan because that is how she met him.

Interesting Fan Theories about The Character of Gohan

For a long time, people have speculated that Goten and Gohan could master moves because they are half Saiyans. While Gohan began training at a younger age than Goku, Goten activated Super Saiyan instinctively when he fought his mother. Kid Trunks demonstrated this while training to defeat Super Buu. According to the fan theory, half-Saiyans can do this due to their half-human emotions.

Their human nature makes them more prone to rage and distress. Goku realized in Dragon Ball Z that Gohan was far more powerful than him and that Gohan would most likely surpass him. Heck, the story arc of the series revolves around Gohan surpassing his father’s achievements and becoming the most powerful warrior while Goku is absent. Goku and Gohan have stronger genetic makeup and can master moves at an alarming rate without their tails. The half-Saiyans easily outperform young Goku with Kamehameha, Super Saiyan, and Golden discs. The manga later admitted that half-Saiyans are more powerful due to their half-human blood, confirming the fan theory.

Gohan Trivia Time!!!

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  • Son Gohan was three years old when Chapter 196 first appeared in Weekly Shonen Jump. This is immediately contradicted in Chapter 197, where Gohan reintroduces himself to the reader as a four-year-old on the title page. While it is possible that Gohan’s introduction as three is a mistake on Akira Toriyama’s part, this is unlikely given that Gohan clearly holds up three fingers when proclaiming his age in the same chapter. In the Tankbon release of Volume 17, his age is changed to four, and the anime follows suit, claiming that Gohan was four and changing the scene so that he holds up four fingers instead.
  • The name “Gohan” is a homophone for Gohan (), the Japanese word for “cooked rice” that also refers to meals in general, extending Akira Toriyama’s food naming pun diagram. In Mandarin, the reading is a homophone for (wfàn), which means “lunch.” As a result, Gohan’s name in pinyin/Mandarin is read as “Sun Wufan,” which literally means “Grandson Awakened to Rice/Perceiving Rice” in both Chinese and Japanese.
  • Gohan’s interests include reading, fishing, and research.
  • Gohan will eat almost anything.
  • A house wagon is Gohan’s favorite vehicle.
  • Gohan has assassinated all of the Spice Boys.
  • Chi-Chi originally intended to name Gohan Einstein or Archimedes in the Funimation dub. Other names suggested by Ox-King included “Ox-King Jr.,” “Big Ox,” “Oxford,” “Ox in the Box,” “Ox-Man,”, and “Johnny Oxseed.”

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According to many critics, Gohan is one of the most complex characters in Dragon Ball Z. Gohan was voted the most popular Dragon Ball character by Weekly Shonen Jump readers in 1993, and he was also voted the third most popular character by fans of the series for the 2004 book Dragon Ball Forever.

Because of Gohan’s popularity, other merchandise such as action figures, video games, and clothing have featured him in Japan and other countries around the world. Masako Nozawa, Gohan’s voice actress, stated in an interview featured in the second Dragon Ball GT Perfect Files, a companion book released in December 1997 by Shueisha’s Jump Comics Selection imprint, that her favorite episode voicing Gohan was “Sorry, Robot-san.”

“The Desert of Forgotten Tears.” Saffron Henderson, Gohan’s original English voice actor, has stated that she was protective of the role and regards it as one of her favorites. Furthermore, Stephanie Nadolny, Gohan’s original Funimation voice actor, has stated that playing Gohan was a unique and memorable experience. 

C.J. A. Glover of Moviepilot ranked Gohan as his third favorite comic character, admitting that Gohan “has always been somewhat of an idol to me” because he was a gentle person who, when snapping, “would let loose and it would be hard to bottle it back up again.” Glover concluded that Gohan was “unquestionably one of my favorite anime and manga characters ever.”

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