A jolly good day to you again my dear little Watsons. Over the past few weeks we had some experiences with creating so called trainer profiles for the likes of myself and my family. Now we shall apply this skill to actual delinquents to see how they would look like in the actual world of Pokémon so we know what to expect should they misbehave. Today’s villain is one most of you will know. Calling himself the perfect life form, Perfect Cell from Dragon Ball Z. Why did I choose Cell? Well because if I did them in order the criminals would know what to expect of course! Also Frieza scares me..so I rather pick one that is still in the home for infinite losers. Because I cant say where he REALLY is
Perfect Cell could have been a gentleman, as a villain Cell is well mannered, eloquent and even somewhat charming. At least in his final forms (counting instant transmission 100% perfect cell as well). For those who do not know who perfect Cell is, he is the third major antagonist in the dragonball Z series, take third with a grain of salt though because there were some other villians in there as well. Created out of the cells of all fighters by the ‘evil’ doctor Gero this bugman had to absorb two androids in order to achieve his perfect form. When he did this and noticed no one was able to stand up to him he had given the people of Earth seven days to train and come face him in a big tournament he called the Cell Games, if they would not be able to defeat him he would destroy the Earth. While this simplification doesnt do the character justice it shows exactly why his trainer class has to be Champion. He in his very concept is ‘the strongest’ that people have to train up for in order to challenge him at a tournament.
This is basically the entire concept how a champion in the Pokémon World works as well. You gotta train your team so you fight a really strong guy in the end that no one had the strength to face before. Cell is a Boss type villain, like Frieza, Hit or Jiren. Yes I am leaving Kid Buu out of that list as Buu was basically the only relevant encounter in his arc so he never really felt like a boss to me and more like let’s say the Moon in Majora’s mask that will cause certain doom instead of the final boss encounter. In terms of Pokémon Kid Buu would be your legendary encounter or Ultra Necrozma battle. Cell is a knowledgeable fighter has mastered many techniques and can be both charming as well as an arrogant sack of shiitake mushrooms. Being a mix of classical champions like Blue and Lance arguments can be made for Cell being the perfect Champion.
Preferred Type: Bug
Being a bugman himself it would make sense that Cell has a natural affinity with the type. Yet I do need to say that Cell probably one of the few people here, who I’d possibly rank as “omni’ type. Cell is built with the cells of other fighters and thusly is super adaptive and can use techniques of others much like they are his own. However there is also merritt to Cell preferring the bug type other than him being one. Bug types have a super fast development cycle, much like our subject of today. Their evolution cycle is the fastest of any type of Pokémon. Cell evolved from his pod form to his perfect form in the span of a few days. Near a single day. This means he is still the fastest evolving character in Dragonball. The Saiyans had to train for a year to catch up to him and even than they needed an emotional trigger to be pushed over the edge. While Frieza jumped a massive distance in the span of three months of training Cell did, I’d like to say about 20 to 25% of that in terms of power levels (when considering the current scaling) inside a day and than caught up to Gohan again in a matter of minutes.
Like basically every bug type in the pokémon game he does need some set up though. While he outlevels the Z-fighters on his first arrival he is not that much of a threat until his plans begin to work. He needs to absorb people for strength first, which he was able to do and throughout his saga he needed boosts to reach his maximum potential. That is also how bugs work. They hinder your opponent while they set up a boost for themselves. So in the end this type does seem to work in his favor.
Signature Pokémon: Silvally (Any Type)
Silvally is a pokémon that was created to save the world by combatting the Ultra Beasts, which are the Eldritch Abominations of the pokémon world. While some may find my continuing statement an exaggeration, they are all extremely odd creatures that are quite hard to describe or fathom, (except for Buzzwole maybe) that live outside space and time that have the ability to drive you insane. Silvally’s pre-evolution Type: Null at least was created to combat these creatures. For this Pokémon to be able to defeat the Ultra Beasts they build it from the cells of pokémon of all the types with the idea behind it that it could switch on the fly to be resistance while defending and super effective while attacking against this threat from outside time and space. An ultimate fighter that is made from the cells of others, where have we heard that one before?!
Oh right it fits Cell quite well, yet Cell wasn’t created to defend the world. Or was he? While most of this is hearsay or ‘after-information’ made in interviews years after the source material, Dr Gero (the creator of Cell) arguably was not a bad guy. As a former member of the Red Ribbon Army, and having lost his son in said army, assumably to Goku, Gero saw Goku as a huge threat to his world. He created the androids to stop that treat to the world. Now of course all of them sort of turned into homicidal maniacs in one timeline or another, except for 16 which was based on Gero’s son. Cell blinded by his arrogance lost his calling somewhere along the way but like Silvally he was created with a semi-noble purpose. I mean I can’t even deny that Goku IS the treat to the world Gero saw him as.. he got the earth destroyed a few times and even risked being wiped out of existence as an entire universe just for thrills. So Silvally and Cell nicely parallel each other, the same type of abilities, the same type of being one having found friendship, silvally needs friendship to evolve, the other one releasing the power of his ego. A great pairing.
Physical Sweeper: Accelgor (Bug Type)
Accelgor is one of my favorite bug type pokémon, alongside Galvantula and Ariados.. which arguably are arachnids and not bugs. This one makes the list due to it’s high speed which resembles Cell’s method of fighting. When Trunks introduced us to Super Saiyan Grade 3 (not to be confused with Super Saiyan 3.. which is something different) we saw a shift in tone for power-ups. While Grade 3 overpowered Cell, it became to bulky and lacked the speed to stop him properly. With the term Grade 3 is never mentioned in the anime .. let’s just call it Super Saiyan Swole. Swole Trunks got his Mudbray (the Arse Pokémon) handed to him by a much faster Cell.
While Accelgor prefers special attacks, the same can be said for Cell. He is very much a Ki blast user and Accelgor favors special attacks. Yet both have respectable enough physical traits (in Accelgor case should you focus on them) Both Cell as Accelgor have Moxie and with the ability Guts Accelgor can really put out a great Facade, which seems something also quite befitting of our bugman. In its own way Accelgore can even be pretty swole!
Physical Wall: Forretress (Bug-Steel type)
Cell has been known to take quite a bit of violence without flinching an inch. Be it by completely absorbing vegeta’s neck shatter kick, or even taking a saw blade to the neck, (which somehow does physical damage opposed to how other ki blasts work) he has shrugged it all off. Forretress is the evolved pinecone pokemon whos is a bug with a skin as hard as steel. Which is quite fitting for the man we are talking about today.
Forretress basically likes to control the arena where he builds something with rocks , much like how cell did when he built and destroyed his own little arena for the games. Having access to Rapid Spin as well as Stage Hazards the Steel Ball pokemon can make or build his own arenas as well. This is not the reason why it is included on this list though, the reason why Forretress is on the list is because it’s endgame is quite similar to Cell.
In Pokémon games Hazards can not be set up indefinitely. Depending on which Hazard you can set up one to to three stacks per Hazard, yet set hazard still takes up an entire move slot. After those hazards are in place the pokémon becomes virtually useless. Fortress however is a hazard setter who learns a particular move that Cell also used near the end of the Cell games. The move explosion! While Cell uses this move he even puffs up almost like a ball.. much like this Pokémon.
Special Sweeper: Lucario (Fighting Steel type)
While Cell’s physical fighting style is closest to Picollo his special moves he mostly borrows from Goku. Lucario is Special Sweeper (yes his special attack stat is higher than his physical one) that resembles their style quite a bit. Lucario and Goku share quite a similar moveset. Both have the after image technique (Double Team for Lucario) both can create blinding Sunlight (Solar Flare for Goku and Sunny Day for Lucario) Both have stats multipliers (Kaioken for the human and Calm Mind/Swords dance for the pokémon. They can even both transform into a more powerful state with Lucario being a pokémon with a mega evolution. Arguably Dragon Fist and Giga Impact are ultimate finishing moves and the only thing that Lucario seems to be lacking is the Spirit Bomb.
Yes he does have the Kamehameha, that’s why he is on this list as the technique is Cell’s de facto offensive move as well. It is called Aura Sphere and it is EXACTLY the same thing. Literally the ONLY difference between the two is that one is a beam and the other is a sphere. Aura sphere is made out of one’s on inner energy , Aura as pokémon calls it is basically the same thing as Ki in dragonball. It is gather from within the user and hurled at the enemy in an attack that never misses. Aura Sphere is the Kamehameha Wave to a fault. Plus having a fighting type on this team that is able to transform as well seems to fit Cell quite nicely as well.
Special Wall: Reuniclus (Psychic Type)
While this Pokémon isn’t particularly specially bulky it is okay at that job because of his high health stat and more than passable special defence but it will struggle against powerhouses. Much like Cell who has been blasted into pieces quite a few times during the Cell games. He doesn’t take special attacks that well. However I did not pick this pocket monster for the time traveling insectoid just because of their shared mediocrity. Reuniclus is the final form of the Cell Pokémon Solosis. The fully evolved pokémon is called the multiplying pokémon. This means that the pokémon canonically is able to produce new cells or versions of itself . Quite like how Cell is able to produce miniature versions of himself called Cell Junior. A fun detail in this is that while the regular evolution line has a green (gelatinous) skin much like the antagonist that serves as it’s master, the shiny counterpart is blue. Pokémon can get shiny from multiplying so Reuniclus could technically, maybe create blue juniors as well.
The hidden ability of the pokémion is called regenerator and what do you know.. that is Cell’s main defensive ability as well. Both of them can regenerate as well. So a bulky cell pokémon that can create blue offspring that doesnt take special hits to well but can regenerate? That seems like quite a perfect pokémon for Cell.
Legendary: Mewtwo (Psychic Type)
A perfect lifeform and another perfect lifeform walk into bar and one says to the other ‘you are coming home with me tonight’ The second perfect life form scoffs and says ‘Why do you think that’ to which the first replies ‘I got some Masterballs with your name on them’ Now bad jokes aside, was there ever any doubt that Mewtwo would be the perfect legendary for Cell? Both created in a lab, both believed to be the perfect life form, both grown in a test tube for many years with the DNA of the most powerful creatures around. Even English Dub Mewtwo and Perfect Cell’s motivations are quite similar. Feeling they are a superior species they want to eliminate the unworthy. In case of Mewtwo that just happens to be Pokémon that serve humans as well as humans themselves and in case of Cell it’s ..everything that is not him. Mewtwo can transform beyond his perfect form and in Dragon Ball Online as well as some Dragon Ball Heroes arcade machine we have seen bugboy do the same.
Cell like Mewtwo is great at manipulating minds, seeing how he managed to trick Vegeta in letting him obtain his perfect form. Of course in a straight up fight between Mewtwo and Cell the later would win, because Bug types beat Psychic types.. so there is that question solved. Besides being their respective universes ultimate life form though they both have one more commonality that is too good not to mention. Both Mewtwo (Game version and to a lesser extend the movie version) as well as Cell have been beaten by a ten year old boy!
Question to my Readers:
Which Villian (or Hero) would you like me to profile next?
When you fight Cell be warned he is a lot tougher than me, and less likely to play fair. Bring plenty of Fire types when facing Cell and make sure of them at least one of them is a Mega Houndoom that you don’t use against Lucario and you should be fine. Bring a Delphox for Lucario..or like a Chandelure and Cell will go down!
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