Piccolo couldn’t beat Android 17 before, but Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero proves he’d easily win in a rematch. Thanks to his fusion with Kami, a powered-up Piccolo was able to fight evenly with Android 17 in Dragon Ball Z. But while a winner was never decided due to Imperfect Cell’s untimely arrival, it was implied that Piccolo would eventually fall if the fight continued because unlike his android opponent, the Namekian doesn’t possess infinite energy.
When Dragon Ball Super brought back Android 17 for the Tournament of Power, it was made clear that the divide between the two characters had only deepened further as the years passed. Somehow, 17 had progressed so much that he was capable of holding his own against Super Saiyan Blue Goku. With that kind of power, 17 demonstrated that he had become one of the franchise’s strongest heroes. His comeback story saw him leapfrog Majin Buu, Android 18, and Piccolo. In fact, his performance in the Tournament of Power put him close to the same power levels as Ultimate Gohan and Frieza.
In spite of the massive changes made to Android 17 in Dragon Ball Super, he’s now firmly behind Piccolo for the first time ever. In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, Gamma 1 and Gamma 2 were stated by Piccolo to be comparable to Goku and Vegeta, and how Gamma 1 matched up against Ultimate Gohan certainly gives the impression that these androids are forces to be reckoned with. But regardless of how powerful they were, Piccolo was able to take down Gamma 2 in one punch once he had achieved his Orange form. Since Piccolo had gone above and beyond the power level Gohan had during the Tournament of Power, it stands to reason that he would defeat 17 if they fought for a second time. After all, 17 is a bit weaker than Dragon Ball Super’s Gohan.
Android 17’s ability to outlast every fighter in the Tournament of Power was a testament to his prowess in battle, but Piccolo has reached a much higher level of power. Without transforming, a potential rematch might end in another stalemate for the character, but as Orange Piccolo, it’s likely that victory for the Namekian would come easy. In their last fight, Piccolo had the strength advantage, but 17’s inability to get tired was the difference-maker in the battle. That wouldn’t be the case this time around, though, as Orange Piccolo has enough power to beat 17 before fatigue can become a factor. How effortlessly he took out Gamma 2 was evidence of that.
Of course, Android 17 isn’t the only major Dragon Ball character Piccolo managed to surpass in Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. By unlocking the Orange Piccolo form, he joined the ranks of Goku, Vegeta, and Gohan as one of the franchise’s top-tier fighters. Gohan and Piccolo pointing out that even Goku and Vegeta may not have been able to beat Cell Max goes to show just strong these two characters were able to become in the span of one movie. As things currently stand, it’s not hard to imagine Piccolo putting up a good fight against even Goku or Vegeta.
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