18 is the twin sister of Android 17 and Dr. Gero's eighteenth android
creation, designed to serve Gero's vendetta against Goku.
While her interests do not initially deviate from this expectation, her
curiosity to activate Android 16,
in spite of Gero's orders not to do so, leads Android 17 to take it upon
himself to murder Gero. Eventually, Android 18 becomes a member of the Z
Fighters, as well as the wife of Krillin
and the mother of their daughter Marron.
18 was originally a human named Lazuli, and the elder out of her and her twin
brother, Lapis. The twins were notorious delinquents, who Dr. Gero would meet
by chance while looking for fresh material for his experiments. He then
kidnapped them and restructured them into Android 18 and Android 17. However,
despite being referred to as androids or cyborgs and commonly regarded as
such, both Android 18 and her brother are practically neither. Bulma stated
while looking at 17's blueprint that he was human-based, but just about
everything has been enhanced with bio-organic components. Their only
mechanical parts are the emergency deactivation controller and
self-destruction device (removed). Dragon Ball Super reaffirms this, with
Gohan stating that the androids have been modified on cellular level to be
She is the second
artificial human, between her and her twin brother, designed by Dr. Gero to be
a biologically modified human as well as being an infinite energy model. The
nature and mechanism of their infinite energy source has not been made clear. Gero's
experiments on her do not impede her ability to reproduce, as evidenced by her
giving birth to a healthy daughter, Marron. Since they are human-based, she
and her brother can become stronger if they train. Though they do not need to
eat, they do need to hydrate. Also, their cells deteriorate slowly, so they
age slowly too.
Updated: June 5th, 2020
I remember being in high school in the late 90's. In school, I had some artistic drawing friends telling me how cool Dragon Ball Z was... and especially how cool Android 18 supposedly was. 17? "No, 18!" They told me. I always confused the DBZ Android numbers. Anyhow, is Android 18
cool? Hell yeah I remember using her in KOF / Fatal Fury...
Blue Mary, right? xD
(Of course, Blue Mary's design is visually-inspired by Android 18, I later learned.) Considering some of the fairly-monotonous male characters of Dragon Ball Z, Android 18 is refreshing and badass that she can beat up guys too. In closing, Android 18's moveset and animations are badass, for sure. ;) Lot's of great references that even a casual DBZ
fan like myself can recall.
Style / Moveset