Dragon Ball Super’s Villain Has Turned Into The New Cell

Moro is the current villain in the Dragon Ball Super story, but after attaining his final form, he’s showing more than a few similarities to Cell.

Dragon Ball Super’s Moro has reached his “final form” and it’s very similar to Cell from the classic series. Moro is the latest villain in the Dragon Ball Super story; a goat-like magic user whose pastime is devouring planets and guzzling the energy within. After narrowly avoiding defeat at the hands of a powered-up Vegeta, Moro made a split-second decision to swallow his android minion Seven-Three, triggering a new transformation equipped with a troublesome copying ability. In Dragon Ball Super chapter 62, the ever-ravenous antagonist deals Goku a devastating blow through the chest and swiftly puts the remaining Z-Warriors in their place, purposely keeping them alive as spiritual snacks, whilst also making a sneaky copy of Vegeta’s powers.

When Moro was first introduced as the most dangerous inmate of the Galactic Patrol prison, he was visibly ancient and worn down by generations of confinement. Following a huge post-jailbreak energy-binge to make up for a lost time, Moro regained his youth and was given a terrifying power boost, draining both Goku and Vegeta of their ki. After some intense training, Vegeta looked to have Moro beaten with his new Forced Spirit Fission maneuver, ejecting all of the villain’s stolen energy and restoring his natural debilitated form. Alas, Moro’s backup plan to absorb Seven-Three created an entirely new transformation with a more streamlined physique and human features.

This isn’t the first time in Dragon Ball that a villain has transformed through consuming others. Created by the vengeful Dr. Gero, Dragon Ball Z’s Cell only reached full power after shooting up Androids 17 and 18 and, just like with Moro, this shifted his appearance from mostly animal to something more humanoid. Interestingly, Seven-Three is a synthetic being with unlimited stamina, mirroring 17 and 18. In terms of physical design, Moro’s final form is fairly close to Perfect Cell, with dark strips down either side of his face and the same sharp features, as well as an overbearing sense of arrogance.

How each villain reaches their final form isn’t the only similarity between Perfect Cell and Moro. Cell’s biology contained DNA from almost all of the Z-Warriors, meaning he could use their own techniques against them – everything from the Kamehameha to the Solar Flare. With Seven-Three’s ability, Moro is now doing something similar, pulling out Piccolo’s Special Beam Cannon, Vegeta’s Big Bang Attack, and the Namekian regeneration ability.

The similarities between Moro and Cell have been made more obvious by Dragon Ball Super changing the rules around Seven-Three’s copying ability. The extra-terrestrial android could previously collect up to three individuals’ powers and switch between them in combat, albeit with the drawback of a pesky thirty-minute time limit. Moro isn’t bound by any time constraints in this new form and can interchange between stolen techniques freely, meaning the now-permanent technique has no apparent weakness. Just like Cell, Moro has made some of the Z-Warriors’ signature techniques his own.

Everyone loves a good “final form,” but Moro was arguably a better villain in his goat-like wizard state, back when his appearance and abilities felt more unique. Now Moro’s fighting style appears to have shifted from magic and manipulating a planet’s energy to replicating his opponents’ techniques, which is something Dragon Ball fans have seen before. Fortunately, Vegeta’s Forced Spirit Fission is still in play, and this technique could still liberate Seven-Three, reverting Moro back to his original, more individual self, instead of a Perfect Cell tribute act.

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