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Gohan A to Z Failure Son by shinigamisgem Gohan A to Z Failure Son by shinigamisgem
This was a hard project. I had to find pictures and explain why Gohan sucked in certain parts of the dragonball series. hope you all enjoy the research!

P.S.: These are all pictures from the show. This series does not work unless you actually capture scenes from the show as evidence

I've decided to actually make this the comedey cut of A to Z, and revamp Gohan to make a more serous series for him. I will re-use pics from this to make his story more serious, but that also allows me to make fun of all the others and have a more serious one as well.

Disclaimer: The pictures used are from the show Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT and are owned by Akira Toriyama, FUNimation, Fuji TV and Toei Animation. THEY ARE NOT MINE.
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BH-Ouji Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
.......now i know why Gohan is a joke in ARDBZ
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Sanjilops Featured By Owner Edited Jun 4, 2015
I'm glad Gohan decided to not be like the majority of Saiyans who all live for fighting. I think it's great he wants to live a normal life and raise a family like a normal person and that he wanted to get a good education (there isn't enough intelligence in the Son family after all). Because you forget, Gohan doesn't see himself as a Saiyan, he sees himself as an earthling and thus prefers to live like one. It's only when there is a huge threat that Gohan goes into his Saiyan mode, Gohan is both kind and strong; on regular days he's a nerd, but when he battles he's a warrior.
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cobblemaniac Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
That's quite harsh on present Gohan but yeah mostly true. AT has rekt Gohan big time during the Cell Games (before SSJ2 transformation) in personality because of that weird and sudden shift of determination between that period of time and during the Frieza events on Namek. Post Cell Games was a huge mess of his personality too, it's like constructing a 300 story building only to tear it down once it's complete, it's sad.
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MidoriBird Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Gohan was being groomed throughout Z to eventually take Goku's place as the leader....but Goku proved too popular.  So Toriyama brought Goku back and Gohan got...hosed.
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Makes sense, Gohan was shaping up to be an awesome hero, then Goku died and he just went down hill from there
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MidoriBird Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015
Yep.  Toriyama was just going to let Goku die for real and keep him dead.  But the fans made it clear what they wanted, and he bent.
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MidoriBird Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
PS, I've been looking at your artwork, and I love it!
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SenpaiGenkiDama Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
I agree. Gohan in the first stages of his life, he was pretty useful, but then after Gokuh died, he kinda became the biggest nerd in DBZ history. Yet he redeemed himself in the Buu Saga, but then became a nerd again in GT.

Future Gohan was the very definition of badass.

Who won? Future Gohan, of course! 

remember people, this is only my opinion
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BH-Ouji Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Being killed by a weakass Lapis, badass indeed

However if this Gohan had Pan, she would be a true badass
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friendofpie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I have no problem with how Gohan stopped training, and I liked that he became a Scholar actually, just like he said he wanted to be when he was introduced. Honestly he'd be pretty boring if he was just as FIGHT FIGHT crazy as Goku, Vegeta and occasionally Piccolo are. Gotta have some variety among protagonist. And I liked that Gohan was kinda more a Superhero than a Warrior like the others. 

 what I DID have a huge problem with is how the Buu saga spends a ton of time drilling into your head that Gohan's the one, that he's the one who's gonna defeat Buu and all this other stuff, and then ALL OF THAT SETUP is thrown away. That was I think  the worst storytelling in Z. It's so obviously that Toriyama spent most of the Buu Saga with the idea that Gohan was going to be the hero in mind, only to throw it away at the last second for no good reason. I hate how in Dragon Ball if you aren't Goku you are just inevitably tossed to the Wayside (Or if you ware Gohan or Vegeta during and after the Buu Saga used to show how BADASS the villain is)  
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starflash2y Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with you, I like Gohan more in the buu saga than in the other sagas, I feel like his character is more complet and unique, and yes I think that the Great Saiyaman is a little stupid but I like that he is the same inocent guy and not just a FIGHT FIGHT crazy. After all the things that he see as a kid his personality in the buu saga is really shocking and more relatable, and I like that he stop training after the cell saga, it makes sense to me.

I think that the main problem with the series is that Akira Toriyama
had nothing planned after the Namek saga, he was lucky that he can use the red ribbon army to create Cell, and Majin Buu it literally came out of nowhere in terms of writing. The Cell saga was good but it feel like there are moments of nothing happen and the Buu saga feel like is going to random directions. I don't really like the idea of Gohan been the main hero, it feel a little OOC for him, but even if he is not the main hero they could have use his character better, my problem is that back in the original Dragon Ball and the Cell saga we have an amazing cast of characters, but in the Buu saga we only have two character now(Goku and Vegeta), some people say that Dragon Ball jump the shark when Trunks and Goten become super saiyan, in my opinion the series really jump the shark when Vegeta was revived in the buu saga, and that is my main problem with the buu saga and onwards, Akira Toriyama is using Vegeta and Goku in the wrong way, I don't saying that they don't reserve to be the main characters, but I don't like the way how Toriyama is using his characters, my main problem with Vegeta is that he is getting to much attention giving him all the character development, he would become into something like a Creator's Pet if they continue to make him stronger for not logical reason like in bettle of gods, and the main problem with Goku is that Akira Toriyama is pretty much using his innocent personality as a plot device and giving him less character development.

I don't saying that Akira Toriyama is a bad writer, I just saying that
dragon ball is on seasonal rot.

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ordoramckelvin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Gohan is not bad, but the readers in Japan are.
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SETBLKYOEM Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gohan was still cool, and he went through a lot of crap starting at the age when most of us still can't write, read, count and still need a little help when going to the bathroom. In the original manga the storyline was changed multiple times in order to suite homeland fans. Gohan was originally supposed to take over and Goku was supposed to stay dead, but a majority of the fans weren't having so it didn't happen.
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Phinbella654 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
He is my favorite character and i like how he was in all of his ages,except when he was 4/5 years old

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SugarNSpice222 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No offense, but I don't agree. I think Gohan is awesome in all ages. Nerd or not, Gohan's still great.
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kirbywisp Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
gohan is not so bad.
if an infant suffers the same as gohan I dont think that kid want to continue living.
and aboute he stop training, his dad told him there would be no more threats if goku is not alive.
aboute the great saiyaman, that was bulma idea.
is also responsible, and was a father figure for goten, he admires gohan and goten anger with his dad because he does not save gohan from majin buu.
and future gohan is overrated, why. Just because he is a fighter?
not everything in dragon ball is just fight
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superarmadillo3 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Screw you if dragonball z ended when it was supose to Gohan would be a complet bad ass then there wouldn't be any nerdy, sucky Gohan and GT wouldn't of happened! >:(
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
and thats my fault that the creator went too far and made a perfectly good character into a fool? i don't see how this doesn't warrant mocking if u turn a bad ass into a comic flop
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superarmadillo3 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Sorry I snapped its not your fault its the creaters fault for contuing the series.
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Myrolerian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Yeah, I really hate what they did to Gohan. As a boy he surpassed the strongest saiyan and the saiyan prince. He takes on all the cell Jr.'s easily when just one of the seven played with the rest of the z fighters like they were toys. He does this easily and then he toys around with cell like it's no problem. After cell powers up like all hell and he takes a huge shot for vegita, Gohan still manages to take destroy cell to the cellular level with only one hand. He's a complete badass, the strongest in the universe and makes all other saiyan's look like children to him when he is only 10 himself. I'd like to add that seven years later vegita finally manages to achieve ssj2.

Gohan then becomes some nerdy gayass superhero that gets blackmailed by two different women, one of them because he was wearing underwear that was made for little girls who like teddy bears. Later on he becomes some scholar with glasses...seriously, their an elite warrior race that keeps its youthfullness and all their properties are insane so why the fuck does he need glasses.

Imagine if he continued to train all his life. Just try to imagine the power that he could have unlocked. He mastered a legendary sword that no kai could ever budge or dream to even life an inch off the ground in a single day without any prior training with weapons. He had to the potential to become ssj3 in no time since he was able to master ssj1, ssj2, and where being in super saiyan mode was natural to him in a single year of training. To show more of his potential and why if they made him better, DBZ would have been 100 times better is the fact after his power got unlocked from old kai he was able to make the kai planet shake easily. He was in his normal state and buu was waiting for him the whole time while fighting SSJ3 gotanks ( A fusion which is supposed to make people insanely fucking strong mixed with ssj3 ). But wait, little Gohan doesn't want to win. The makers just said "fuck it, let's see how much worse we can make this guy." He easily throws buu around like he's a complete toy, again the same thing with when he fought cell he makes the same mistake again and just plays with him all day even though he's waaayyy stronger than him. Oh man, gotanks and picolo gets absorbed into buu and he becomes stronger but wait....Gohan can still go super saiyan, at least SSJ2 and probably higher with all that unlocked power he has now. Nah, fuck it. Let's not go SSJ and let's just let me get my ass whooped when he could have handled him easily.

He doesn't even fucking fight again. He's easily stronger than trunks and goten in GT and he goes super saiyan all the time there but he enjoys reading his damn books in his library at home. Every single one of these 3 become completely stupid. Gohan doesn't even enter the world tournaments even though before he enjoyed fighting just as much as Goku and Vegita as a boy...the same thing with Goten and Trunks. I don't even know what Videl does but considering how crazy she was about martial arts and was really interested in the energy training that Gohan gave her, she should have been more into it than shown, similar to how chichi is.

Gohan had the potential to be amazing but instead they made it so he totally sucked. Honestly I kind of wish Radditz took him with him, at least that way he would have been able to use his true potential.
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randomgirl1219 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I was SO not trying to laugh XD
I love Gohan :3 there is something about Gohan I love more then ever!!! <3
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SakuraSyaoranLiTRC Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
I love this!! I, for one, completely ignore the Buu saga execpt for Goten. I believe that they should have made Gohan a lot cooler than he is in the Buu saga. Its just stupid. Great job by the way on the project.
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SteveScarpetta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
He's a failure for living his dream and becoming a productive member of society?
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BH-Ouji Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017
Goku : Lame that's it
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cobblemaniac Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
On the note that he wasn't trained for society stevescarpetta. Besides, the logic of society is essentially bullshit compared to preserving the whole universe. There are many shits to consider when you make that statement by the way.
1. This is Dragonball Z not some stupid art house film or whatever you call it. Logic here states that whatever you do in society is useless and fighting is life.
2. Define productive. Not your definition but universal. And no don't check Oxford cause that's subjective to the creator's thinking.
3. If you're from asian areas you should know that most children there live their parent's dreams. If you're from western it's a different story. And Dragonball Z states that Gohan's family is asian. At least it implies.
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SteveScarpetta Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
You sure did put me in my place. Only three years too late.
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
he never became an orthopedist. in fact, we don't really know what gohan does do. I'm thinking professor or something
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SteveScarpetta Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Apparently he is a scholar...not sure how that puts food on the table. lol I guess your right about the orthopedist thing (is that a dub thing or was that in the original?), damn you Gohan!XD
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
i can go and check the original comics, but its definitely in the dubbed version. And I don't know if scholars actually have a real job
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SteveScarpetta Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I'll check my Dragon Box. As for scholar, Does he get paid to go on intellectual pursuits! lol. I like Toyable's idea of making him a college professor.
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
at least as a professor you know he has a degree and is making money! A scholar is questionable
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Myrolerian Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I know that Videl mentions that he is a professor when he doesn't enter a world tournament. Talking about the dub anime here.
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bluestreak50 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Yes Gohan shows failure, but he's still my favorite character. Also, he had SO much potential, but Toriyama screwed him in the Buu Saga.
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cobblemaniac Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
And those Goku fans zzz.
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ThunderBeam707 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012   Digital Artist
In short Gohan becomes Epic in the future, and in the present he becomes a Hero to a "ZERO". Nuff said...
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
thats the short version, but yes
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spazzzgirl Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
I like both Gohan and Goku, though it's all because of the fan's that love Goku that caused Gohan to get rigged during the Buu Saga. I guess they didn't like the idea of having Gohan replace Goku as the protector of the Earth.
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
well that and if you watch the entire series, you realize the show is actually all about him, so Gohan can't take the main slot
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goku-25-dbz Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
wow thats pretty harsh saying that gohan killed his father somewhat. but it is somewhat true. awesome you should do a krillin or master roshi or even yamcha that one would be a good laugh
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COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
i :heart: gohan. but sadly an accurate story of the character, his end did not become what it should have, it didn't for anybody but goku...no not even him - idiot! most of the characters became pointless come the cell games, and it only went down from there to the point of pretty much all being unimportant. creting characters just to ruin them (or more properly put "dropped" ) hurts me...
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
GT was an epic failure to most people. It had it's good moments, but for the most part sucked. It ruined the DBZ plot line dramatically and turned it into basically a pokemon plot, bad things happen and the hero saves the day, and have to do crazy things just to save the day. DBZ was all about fighting the bad guy and move on, not teaching a lesson
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COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
gt = worst thing ever. for me...
haha. the buu saga pissed me off too! it all started to go down hill rapidly after the cell games. dbz should have ended differently, and for some reason I feel that akira wanted it to be different as well... but i could just be crazy. :P
i mean, all that story build up from the first few major archs of the series were leading in a totally diferent direction than what events came to happen in the Buu saga. they were totes leading up to gohan assuming goku's role as "protector of earth" after he died in the cell games. I mean, all those build ups to gohan exploding with that hidden anger junk...so dumb to build up a character to its climax ---- and never really resolve anything... not just gohan, all the characters are built to become useless at some point. for the weaker loaner characters, it's a bit different. they are 1 loaners, 2 exist as unexpect help (cuz everone saves everone just when you've forgotten about them in this show) and 3 they obviously aren't as powerful to partake in the ever escalating power levels of their opponants!

dun get me wrong, i DO love goku, but the second time he died he needed to stay dead!!! for the sake of the story being worthy of an audience's continued attention! sigh, it's ending makes me sob...goku the only important character?...might as well have ended with dragonball!!!
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
its a long complicated story which does not make a lot of sense with how they ended the whole series, but I assume at that point they were running out of good ideas
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COOKEcakes Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
omg i just realized how ridiculously long, nerdy and repetativ that dumb comment of mine was. D: haha! that's what I get for staying up into the early morning hours doing nerding things.
ah, and you are right. :)
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LordRickIV Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
this explanation has resurfaced the crushing disappointment I felt after learning that Gohan squanders all the badassery he finally got in the Cell saga.
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shinigamisgem Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
At least u got the feeling from that. Many people don't get how disappointing Gohan becomes in this series, and how much potential went to waste.
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LazyGenius94 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this project!!! :la:
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Kaiju-Human Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
In the immortal words of TFS Piccolo:

:iconpiccoloplz: NNNNNEEEERRRRRRD!!!!!!!
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FinaNightmare Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
so true! U_U;

but still, gohan is cute as a kid
and as teen sure the best! ^^
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Satsuki-fujin Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Mo Howard. :) Awesome job on Gohan in a nutshell.
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