Android 17 was
originally a human named Lapis. He is the twin brother of Android
18 and Dr. Gero's seventeenth android creation, designed to serve Gero's
vendetta against Goku. Despite his
interests not initially deviating from this expectation, Android 17 takes it
upon himself to kill Dr. Gero, who is uncooperative with Android 18's
curiosity in activating Android
16 and deemed inferior by 17.
Due to the bio-mechanical and cybernetic enhancements Dr. Gero gave him,
including an unlimited supply of energy that grants him limitless stamina and
an accelerator recovery rate, he has power well-surpassing the standard
capacity of Super Saiyan. He was also powerful enough to be an even match for Piccolo
fused with Kami; however, he still had a long way to go, because he is said to
have great potential, but this potential was never unleashed because of his
absorption by Cell; it is after 10 years of training and working his life as a
park ranger at the same time, that he was able to access much of it.
Android 17 makes a
return a decade later in Dragon Ball Super, working as a national park
ranger preserving wildlife from poachers. He is married and has a child, with
two more children being adopted. He is asked by Goku to join Team Universe 7
in the Tournament of Power and due to Goku and Frieza's
sacrifice to take out Jiren, he is left as the sole fighter remaining by the
end of the tournament and the one who makes the wish on the Super Dragon
a reckless anarchist, Android 17 later reveals himself to be little more than
a rebel without a cause. He finds joy in causing panic and acts on whims. Most
of his choices during his initial appearance were motivated by what he called
"The Game", referring to their quest to find and exterminate Goku.
While reveling in his
enhanced might setting him apart from others, Android 17 hated his cybernetics
that were forced on him, as Android 18 revealed when refusing Semi-Perfect
Cell's attempts at convincing Android 18 into merging with him. This is likely
because of the trauma he experienced due to being kidnapped by Gero. It may
also be due to his love of nature, as he was no longer natural when Gero
turned him into an Android.
Updated: Sept. 21st, 2018
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