According to the film’s lore, Dr. Hedo is related to Dr. Gero and a woman named Vomi who became the inspiration for Android 21. It is likely the former turned his wife into an android through some sort of experiment, but for now, there is no canon explanation behind Android 21’s creation. In Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the movie goes on to say the Red Ribbon doctors had a son named Gevo who looks exactly like Android 16. And somehow, Dr. Hedo is the nephew of Gevo. So, there you have it. Dr. Hedo is the grandchild of Dr. Gero and Android 21 before Vomi was transformed. Their family tree is obviously complicated, and asides from these four members, Dragon Ball has not identified anyone else from the brood.
Finally released in theatres, Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero delivers on its promise to freshen up the genre. The movie contains a lot for viewers to grasp, from Gohan’s new power to a surprising villain’s comeback. And in case you missed it, the film even took the effort to include Android 21 in the canon. The entire incident occurred shortly after the Red Ribbon Army is revived in the new Dragon Ball Super movie. The group is a far cry from what viewers observed when Goku was a little child. The group is now overseen in part by Dr. Hedo, a brilliant scientist with connections to Dr. Gero. Additionally, he is tied to Android 21.
With Android 21 now in the canon, the door has been opened for the anime to pursue a full-on arc with the character. They are a simple footnote in this movie, but Dragon Ball could easily bring Vomi to center stage with help from her grandson. After all, the anime’s new film ends with Dr. Hedo transferring to the Capsule Corporation. You can bet Android 21 would perish the change, so what better way is there for the fan-favorite to show up than to punish her wayward grandson?
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