In true YouTube fashion, Team Four Star’s parody video is packed with deep-cut references to “Pokémon,” “Dragon Ball Z,” and the channel’s own backlog. When Ash asks his Pokédex what kind of Pokémon Cell is, the image that appears on the handheld device’s screen is a MissingNo.. “Pokémon” fans might recognize MissingNo. as the glitched sprite from “Pokémon Red” and “Pokémon Blue.” The name is short for “Missing Number” and exists because the first set of games originally featured 39 additional creatures that were ultimately saved for later games. MissingNo. is essentially the remaining data from that removal.
This isn’t Team Four Star’s only video that pits Cell against a character outside of his franchise. He’s encountered Naruto, Deadpool, and Yugi Moto in this same fashion. The funniest part about this gag is that it implies that Cell is waiting for Goku, while others attempt to be a worthy contender. Speaking of Yugi Moto, Cell spends no small amount of time mocking Ash for Pokémon’s many similarities to Dual Monsters from “Yu-Gi-Oh.” The only reason the poor kid isn’t a smoldering pile of ash (pun not intended) is because Cell decided not to add injury to insult. Guess we can’t chalk this up as one of Ash Ketchum’s greatest moments throughout his journey.
Just before the credits roll, Mewtwo soars across the sky. Cell only catches a quick glimpse, but it’s enough for him to ask, “Is that f****** Frieza?” This last punchline references a widely held belief that the legendary psychic-type Pokémon Mewtwo is modeled after the “Dragon Ball Z” villain. In fairness, their designs are similar … well, Mewtwo’s design is similar to one of Frieza’s many forms, at least.