History DragonBall / TropesOToZ

21st Feb '18 9:34:21 AM nombretomado
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* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: Made and dubbed during this period (and quite possibly the trope codifier for starting the North American Anime craze of the mid-late 90s). One of the hundreds of Anime spawned during this period and one of the several dozen that caught on in America. You can confidently say that this series is one of the main reasons Anime became popular during the 90s outside of Japan.
24th Jan '18 1:02:44 AM SpaceDrake
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** An interesting concept in this context; despite being basically a superhero story, there are virtually no true Science Heroes or Tech Heroes in ''DB'' who can compete at a real level with the protagonists for long. It works like this: a living being like a Saiyan can train and overcome their previous limits, or even be inspired to do so by events, and the potential of living things is nearly limitless due to their access to ki. Machines, in ''DB'', can only do what they are designed to do and nothing more - there is very little TimTaylorTechnology in ''DB'', and once a ki-wielder is powerful enough to overcome the effect of a machine, that's it; the machine, and the user of the machine (like a gun-user), can't gain any more power or make it work better on the fly. The tool itself would need to be remodeled or built anew, and that takes longer, so by and large tech-based would-be heroes are unable to keep up with Goku and friends, or the many powerful foes they face, for very long. Android 16 is the textbook example of this: when first met, he's more powerful than Imperfect Cell and can even fight SSJ1 Goku fairly evenly, but once Cell upgrades, Cell is stronger than 16 and 16 is unable to do anything about this - he cannot improve himself swiftly or go beyond his design, as he is wholly mechanical. The only regular members of Goku's circle of friends who try to be Tech Heroes long-term are Bulma (who always takes more of a supportive role) and [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Future Mai]], who is in such desperate straits that she has no choice but to try and fight an overpowered freak like Goku Black with nothing more than guns and rocket launchers as a normal human.

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** An interesting concept in this context; despite being basically a superhero story, there are virtually no true Science Heroes or Tech Heroes in ''DB'' who can compete at a real level with the protagonists for long. It works like this: a living being like a Saiyan can train and overcome their previous limits, or even be inspired to do so by events, and the potential of living things is nearly limitless due to their access to ki. Machines, in ''DB'', can only do what they are designed to do and nothing more - there is very little TimTaylorTechnology in ''DB'', and once a ki-wielder is powerful enough to overcome the effect of a machine, that's it; the machine, and the user of the machine (like a gun-user), can't gain any more power or make it work better on the fly. The tool itself would need to be remodeled or built anew, and that takes longer, so by and large tech-based would-be heroes are unable to keep up with Goku and friends, or the many powerful foes they face, for very long. Android 16 is the textbook example of this: when first met, he's more powerful than Imperfect Cell and can even fight SSJ1 [=SSJ1=] Goku fairly evenly, but once Cell upgrades, Cell is stronger than 16 and 16 is unable to do anything about this - he cannot improve himself swiftly or go beyond his design, as he is wholly mechanical. The only regular members of Goku's circle of friends who try to be Tech Heroes long-term are Bulma (who always takes more of a supportive role) and [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Future Mai]], who is in such desperate straits that she has no choice but to try and fight an overpowered freak like Goku Black with nothing more than guns and rocket launchers as a normal human.
24th Jan '18 1:01:42 AM SpaceDrake
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** An interesting concept in this context; despite being basically a superhero story, there are virtually no true Science Heroes or Tech Heroes in ''DB'' who can compete at a real level with the protagonists for long. It works like this: a living being like a Saiyan can train and overcome their previous limits, or even be inspired to do so by events, and the potential of living things is nearly limitless due to their access to ki. Machines, in ''DB'', can only do what they are designed to do and nothing more - there is very little TimTaylorTechnology in ''DB'', and once a ki-wielder is powerful enough to overcome the effect of a machine, that's it; the machine, and the user of the machine (like a gun-user), can't gain any more power or make it work better on the fly. The tool itself would need to be remodeled or built anew, and that takes longer, so by and large tech-based would-be heroes are unable to keep up with Goku and friends, or the many powerful foes they face, for very long. Android 16 is the textbook example of this: when first met, he's more powerful than Imperfect Cell and can even fight SSJ1 Goku fairly evenly, but once Cell upgrades, Cell is stronger than 16 and 16 is unable to do anything about this - he cannot improve himself swiftly or go beyond his design, as he is wholly mechanical. The only regular members of Goku's circle of friends who try to be Tech Heroes long-term are Bulma (who always takes more of a supportive role) and [[Anime/DragonBallSuper Future Mai]], who is in such desperate straits that she has no choice but to try and fight an overpowered freak like Goku Black with nothing more than guns and rocket launchers as a normal human.
** Cell himself is, in a sense, the one exception to this ''because'' of his design - he is Dr. Gero's attempt to adapt to this limitation, and as a result is more of a "bio-android" and is able to absorb other living things to empower himself. Androids 17 and 18, similarly, are somewhat more like cyborgs than true Androids, and thus are able to tap into ki to some extent.
13th Apr '17 11:22:24 PM JackWhitehead
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* {{Retool}}: The first arc was not particularly successful, which prompted Toriyama to retool the series pretty drastically. The entire supporting cast was removed, Muten-Roshi was brought back, Kuririn was introduced and the adventure angle of the story was dropped, switching to a more straightforward comedic {{Wuxia}} style. The revamp turned the series into a massive hit and while elements of the original format were brought back they were never as important to the series again.
17th Mar '17 12:09:56 PM rmctagg09
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* RegionalRedecoration: ''Very'' common in both ''Dragon Ball'' and later ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where fights tend to level much of the surrounding landscapes, with cities destroyed and islands sunk. All this before [[EarthShatteringKaboom planets get blown up as well.]]
23rd Feb '17 12:13:10 AM rafi
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** Not-filler example. Muten-Roshi's appearance is based on the God of Earth in ''[[Manga/DoctorSlump Dr. Slump]]'' (not to be confused with ''Dragon Ball'''s Kami-sama).
4th Jan '17 5:29:47 AM Ramona122003
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* PepperSneeze: A filler scene has Crillin accidentally do this to Lunch..causing her violent alternate personality come out.

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* PepperSneeze: A filler scene has Crillin Krillin accidentally do this to Lunch..Launch..causing her violent alternate personality come out.
4th Jan '17 2:28:53 AM rafi
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* PepperSneeze: A filler scene has Crillin accidentally do this to Lunch..causing her violent alternate personality come out.
19th Dec '16 8:25:14 AM Ramona122003
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** Yamcha is the first person in the series who is able to physically challenge Goku and caused him to run out of energy(the latter was due to Goku's hunger).



** Tien is the first opponent since Mercenary Tao and Gohan Sr. to really give Goku a good match and push him past his limit.



* WideEyedIdealist: Goku is extremely naive and innocent to the point of not being able to sense bad intentions in people and thinking of the best of everyone he meets, even when they have shown themselves to be shady and untrustworthy. For example, he considers Bulma his friend, while at the same time [[BrutalHonesty telling her that she isn't a good person]]. He happy to see Yamcha when he was fighting Boss Rabbit and figures he's here to help, despite Yamcha trying to rob and murder him just days before. He also calls Krillin his friend, after he constantly tricks him and cost him dinner.



** As Goku becomes more powerful he realizes that he can kill people if he fights at full power. So, when he fights in tournaments he purposely restrains himself. He even tells Tien since he's so strong he can fight normally since he won't die. As a teenager, he also restrains himself by wearing heavy clothing to enhance his training.

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** As Goku becomes more powerful he realizes that he can kill people if he fights at full power. So, when he fights in tournaments he purposely restrains himself. He even tells Tien that since he's so strong he can fight normally since he won't die. As a teenager, he also restrains himself by wearing heavy clothing to enhance his training.



** General Blue is the first villain both willing and capable of killing Goku in a straight fight. He can hold his own physically well enough and displays this by beating Krillin in an example of this trope, but against Goku he uses special telekinetic powers to give him an edge. Later on Blue gets hit with this trope himself when Mercenary Tao effortlessly dances around his physical attacks, [[NoSell no sells]] his telekinetic power, and kills him [[ItMakesSenseInContext with his tongue alone]].



** General Blue is the first villain both willing and capable of killing Goku in a straight fight. He can hold his own physically well enough and displays this by beating Krillin in an example of this trope, but against Goku he uses special telekinetic powers to give him an edge. Later on Blue gets hit with this trope himself when Mercenary Tao effortlessly dances around his physical attacks, [[NoSell no sells]] his telekinetic power, and kills him [[ItMakesSenseInContext with his tongue alone]].



* TheWorfBarrage: The Kamehameha is often used to show how badass a person is when they are completely unaffected by it.

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* TheWorfBarrage: The Kamehameha is often used to show how badass a person is when they are completely unaffected by it.it:


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** When climbing Muscle Tower and fighting Buyon, the blob monster bounced off Goku's Kamehameha.
** When being outmatched by Tao, Goku fires a Kamehameha at him. [[ClothingDamage It blows off Tao's clothes]], but he's left physically unharmed.


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** King Piccolo utterly [[NoSell no sells]] the Kamehameha and doesn't even get ClothingDamage.
19th Dec '16 4:12:42 AM Morgenthaler
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** To show just how much of a BadAss King Piccolo is, he easily beats the daylights out of Goku [[MoodWhiplash right after he and Yajirobe have finished taking out Tambourine and Cymbal]].

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** To show just how much of a BadAss badass King Piccolo is, he easily beats the daylights out of Goku [[MoodWhiplash right after he and Yajirobe have finished taking out Tambourine and Cymbal]].



* TheWorfBarrage: The Kamehameha is often used to show how BadAss a person is when they are completely unaffected by it.

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* TheWorfBarrage: The Kamehameha is often used to show how BadAss badass a person is when they are completely unaffected by it.
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