Is Android 16 the main antagonist of Dragon Ball FighterZ's story? Why this is interesting considering his backstory

Canonically, this was a role 16 never took on

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 18, 2017 at 7:48 p.m. PDT

It was revealed recently that Dragon Ball FighterZ's "What If" story mode was to feature Android 16 going after the heroes of the Dragon Ball franchise. If that means that Android 16 is to be the main antagonist of the story, then that is certainly a very unique direction.

Android 16 is, in a lot of ways, an anomaly. Since his first appearance, you could tell there was something very different about this character compared to most antagonists.

To be honest, it's kind of hard to even label him as an antagonist in the first place. The writers made great strides to show that he loved nature and life, yet he was determined to kill Goku.

Despite this, he's never fought against any of the good guys in the official canon. He never even had a fight with Goku despite having the opportunity to do so -- in other words, he completely ignored his programming.

At times, Android 17 would try to coerce him to fight, but he stated that he refused to battle anyone other than his one intended target. And yet... he ended up fighting against Cell, another of Dr. Gero's androids.

This was a character that had no tolerance for evil beings like Cell. Despite Goku not fitting this bill, his only conversation with him was noticeably disdainful.

So what was the deal with this character? There's a lot to talk about with him.

First of all, when Trunks came back from the future, he only warned Goku (and the others) about two Androids being the threat to all of mankind. Android 16, as far as Trunks knew, did not actually exist in the future.

This was likely due to Goku dying due to a heart virus in the future. As he was already dead, there probably wasn't much logic in creating an android assassin with the sole purpose of killing somebody who was already dead.

Oddly, Goku ended up contracting the heart virus at a different period of time than from Trunks's time period. This must've been some sort of butterfly effect that occurred because of Trunks's tampering.

Android 16 was actually modeled off of the appearance of Dr Gero's son. This was a character that was killed by an enemy's bullet in a battle that took place before Goku took down the Red Ribbon army.

While 17 and 18 were vastly stronger than the good guys at the time of their first appearance, 16 was even stronger. It was very fortunate for them that he never engaged in battle against anyone other than Cell.

At the time when Cell was able to take on both 17 and Piccolo at once, 16 stated that he was about equal to Cell. Despite this, it seemed as though 16 actually had the advantage most likely due to unfamiliarity on Cell's part -- i.e., Cell's energy could be detected by 16 but not vice versa.

Cell even tried to absorb 16's energy through his tail. 16, unlike 17 and 18, was actually completely synthetic, causing Cell's attack to fail.

Unfortunately, 16 would ultimately fail at protecting 17 and 18 from Cell as he was able to absorb them both. As a result, he ascended to his perfect form, making him far stronger than 16.

Despite this, 16 had access to a bomb that appeared to be strong enough to even kill Cell in his perfect form. Bulma and her father ended up removing this bomb during 16's repairs from his previous encounter with Cell due to mistrust of 16.

As a result, 16 stood no chance against Cell and ended up being destroyed. This is what enraged Gohan enough as to transform into a Super Saiyan 2.

While Android 17 was revived by the Dragon Balls, we don't quite know if 16 was revived. We've never seen him beyond his death at Cell's hand (or rather, foot).

So it is interesting that 16 is looking to be a major enemy of sorts in Dragon Ball FighterZ. Given, we've seen similar interactions like this in other non-canonical Dragon Ball Z games.

Considering that Goku and Vegeta will have access to their Super Saiyan Blue statuses, 16 will obviously have to be powered up to pose much of a threat. Will 16 be gunning for just Goku and anyone who gets in his way, or has his list of targets been expanded?

How much of 16's old personality has been preserved from the canonical material since his revival? Under what circumstances was he revived?

Find out in the next episode of...

Err, rather, we'll have to find out when the game launches sometime in 2018.

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