Android 16 (Jinzoningen Ju Roku-Go) is a character in the Dragon Ball series and the sixteenth Android creation of Dr. Gero. It was earlier meant to serve Dr. Gero’s vendetta against Goku (because Goku eliminated the Red Ribbon Army at childhood), but was declared unfit for activation.
The inspiration for creating Android 16 is the dead son of Dr. Gero, who was a prominent member of the Red Ribbon Army before he was killed by a bullet in battle. He possesses many unique qualities with a distinctive feature which is his synthetic nature. Synthetic feature was common among Dr. Gero’s creations until the creation of Android 17 and Android 18. It was widely believed that Dr. Gero lacked the necessary technology to create Androids from absolutely nothing but Android 17 and Android 18 are the first “cybernetic-fitted human” Androids that has been seen in the Dragon Ball series.
Android 16 is the strongest of his peers and this is largely attributed to the fact that, it was created with no trace of human attributes in order not to hinder him. This was confirmed by Android 18 when she revealed that Android 16 was quite different from her and Android 17. Android 16 was portrayed as the kind character that helped the Z Fighters when they confronted Cell in battle. He is extremely kind to animals and humans but his attitude towards Goku was distant and cool which is because, he was programmed to kill Goku. He towers above his fellow Androids which is a major feature of his.
He was programmed to be gentle in order not to be killed in battles. The programming of Android 16 is believed to be incomplete, because Dr. Gero taught that he may end up destroying Android 17 and Android 18. He also called Android 16, “a prototype” and views his inherent peaceful character as the most prominent malfunction (from his perspective) of Android 16. Android 16 loves to interact with nature thereby ignoring Dr. Gero’s orders but he is keen on fulfilling his mission of destroying Goku.
Android 16 sought to destroy Cell in a bid to stop his threat to Earth thereby, making Dr. Gero’s prediction valid. He is a calm and calculative character that behaves in an orderly manner (like speaking only when necessary). Surprisingly, He is also the only character on the Dragon Ball series that addressed Android 17 and Android 18 as not very evil.