History Heartwarming / DragonBall

23rd May '16 12:43:30 AM KMA10k
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* Near the beginning of the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, Yamcha, Krillin, and Goku ask Master Roshi if he brought them uniforms to wear, like he always used to. Master Roshi says no. He says that because they've all grown up and so vastly surpassed him, they don't have to wear his colors anymore. Cue the reveal that all three of them (separately) saw this coming, and each came prepared with his own custom-made copy of the Turtle Hermit uniform. They honor their teacher not because they have to, but because they choose to.
12th Apr '16 1:46:09 PM firejewel
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* Tenshinhan's victory at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai. This entire tournament has put Ten through the wringer: he's here for the sole purpose of beating the Kame School martial artists, but when they find out Goku killed Tao Pai Pai, Tenshinhan's role model and his master's younger brother, the goal becomes to kill Goku. At the same time, he shows a sincere desire to win the tournament and test his strength. He brutalizes Yamcha well beyond necessity for a friendly tournament, breaking his leg, but stops short of killing him, because then he'd be disqualified. Jackie Chun (Master Roshi in disguise) forfeits their match, after talking to Tenshinhan a bit and trying to convince him that he has more potential than just being Tsurusennin's bully. Tenshinhan is stunned by this, because while Tsurusennin's goal is to humiliate Roshi and his students, Roshi's is to encourage his students' improvement by the experience and the reminder that there's always someone stronger. Tenshinhan fights Goku next, and Goku, being Goku, gives him a run for his money. Halfway through, Goku starts shouting at Tenshinhan to stop cheating. Tenshinhan scoffs at this, but eventually he realizes Tsurusennin is forcing Chaozu to incapacitate Goku psychichally. Goku apologizes once Tenshinhan demands to be able to fight Goku fairly, because he realizes he wants to test his strength and improve more than he wants revenge or to be an assassin like Tao Pai Pai. Ten is still in shock, because his refusal to kill Goku and insistence on fighting fairly has amounted to a betrayal of his master, but he allows Goku to beat him down for a bit without fighting back, to make up for the blows he landed with Chaozu's help. This tournament, he says, is all he has left now. He uses his strongest attack to destroy the ring, warning Goku to dodge it because he doesn't want to kill him, reasoning that if there's no ring and Goku can't fly, he'll lose by ring out as soon as he dodges, since Tenshinhan ''can'' fly. Goku manages to use a Kamehameha to propel himself into Tenshinhan and injure him enough that they're both in freefall. Goku crashes into a truck and lands first, losing by ring out. The entire crowd runs over to cheer and congratulate them, Tenshinhan and Goku are hoisted on people's shoulders to greet each other, and Tenshinhan is awed by the ''positive'' attention. Master Roshi assures him he's earned it, now that he sees how much better it is to seek to improve yourself than to vanquish enemies. For bonus points, Yamcha is the first one to start the applause for Tenshinhan. Tenshinhan tries to give Goku half the prize money later, and quietly apologizes to Yamcha, once Yamcha congratulates him again. It's an exhaustive HeelFaceTurn, and surprisingly emotive, especially if you've come from DBZ first.

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* Tenshinhan's victory at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai. This entire tournament has put Ten Tien through the wringer: he's here for the sole purpose of beating the Kame School martial artists, but when they find out Goku killed Tao Pai Pai, Tenshinhan's role model and his master's younger brother, the goal becomes to kill Goku. At the same time, he shows a sincere desire to win the tournament and test his strength. He brutalizes Yamcha well beyond necessity for a friendly tournament, breaking his leg, but stops short of killing him, because then he'd be disqualified. Jackie Chun (Master Roshi in disguise) forfeits their match, after talking to Tenshinhan a bit and trying to convince him that he has more potential than just being Tsurusennin's bully. Tenshinhan is stunned by this, because while Tsurusennin's goal is to humiliate Roshi and his students, Roshi's is to encourage his students' improvement by the experience and the reminder that there's always someone stronger. Tenshinhan fights Goku next, and Goku, being Goku, gives him a run for his money. Halfway through, Goku starts shouting at Tenshinhan to stop cheating. Tenshinhan scoffs at this, but eventually he realizes Tsurusennin is forcing Chaozu Chiaotzu to incapacitate Goku psychichally. Goku apologizes once Tenshinhan demands to be able to fight Goku fairly, because he realizes he wants to test his strength and improve more than he wants revenge or to be an assassin like Tao Pai Pai. Ten Tao. Tien is still in shock, because his refusal to kill Goku and insistence on fighting fairly has amounted to a betrayal of his master, but he allows Goku to beat him down for a bit without fighting back, to make up for the blows he landed with Chaozu's Chiaotzu's help. This tournament, he says, is all he has left now. He uses his strongest attack to destroy the ring, warning Goku to dodge it because he doesn't want to kill him, reasoning that if there's no ring and Goku can't fly, he'll lose by ring out as soon as he dodges, since Tenshinhan ''can'' fly. Goku manages to use a Kamehameha to propel himself into Tenshinhan and injure him enough that they're both in freefall. Goku crashes into a truck and lands first, losing by ring out. The entire crowd runs over to cheer and congratulate them, Tenshinhan and Goku are hoisted on people's shoulders to greet each other, and Tenshinhan is awed by the ''positive'' attention. Master Roshi assures him he's earned it, now that he sees how much better it is to seek to improve yourself than to vanquish enemies. For bonus points, Yamcha is the first one to start the applause for Tenshinhan. Tenshinhan tries to give Goku half the prize money later, and quietly apologizes to Yamcha, once Yamcha congratulates him again. It's an exhaustive HeelFaceTurn, and surprisingly emotive, especially if you've come from DBZ first.
21st Nov '15 3:27:05 PM Rocksmasher
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* Bulma and Yamcha's relationship. The original series shows that they loved each other dearly despite their differences. They were an OfficialCouple for the first series and the first arcs of DragonBallZ. Even after their break-up, Yamcha and Bulma are still close as AmicableExes, as seen when Bulma is comforted by Yamcha after she learns of Vegeta's death when fighting Majin Buu.
26th Oct '15 12:25:07 PM Davethe3rd
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* The title page of the final chapter of the manga is a rendering of young Son Goku and Bulma's first meeting. Toriyama's art style has clearly evolved over the 9 or so years Dragon Ball started, but it was a neat throwback to where it all began.
21st Sep '15 5:17:34 PM omegafire17
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** And throughout the fights, of course she's supportive (and worried) about him - especially after his Senzu-bean-induced recovery from a nasty hole in his torso, where he's basically back to full energy/personality. Then when he's cheering ("Wahoo! I did it! I won, yes! I'm the champion! *laughing* WAHOO! YES! *proceeds to do a mid-air jig*), she fondly admits she's never seen him so happy.
17th Sep '15 2:30:29 PM OrionPax09
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* After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., Kami laments that he has not accomplished anything significant during his reign as Guardian of the Earth and he had to rely on mortals to save the day. Master Roshi points out that had Kami never created the Dragon Balls, Bulma would have never gone on a journey and met Goku, met Yamcha, Roshi, etc. If it wasn't for Kami, none of them would have met and become the heroes they are today. Touched, Kami tells Goku that Roshi is a wise man indeed.

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* After Goku defeats Piccolo Jr., Kami laments that he has not accomplished anything significant during his reign as Guardian of the Earth and he had to rely on mortals to save the day. Master Roshi points out that had Kami hadn't trained Goku, he would never have been strong enough to defeat Piccolo Jr., and if he had never created the Dragon Balls, Bulma would have never gone on a journey and met Goku, met Yamcha, Roshi, etc. If it wasn't for Kami, none of them would have met and become the heroes they are today. Touched, Kami tells Goku that Roshi is a wise man indeed.indeed.
-->'''Kami''': I created this monster...Yet, he's become so powerful as to surpass even me, plunging the world into chaos! I've lost more than power. I've lost my perspective. I no longer deserve to govern this, or any other world.
-->'''Roshi''': How can you say such things, when it was you who brought our world peace again? If not your training, Goku would never have attained the level of skill he has now. Junior would have won! And if the Dragon Balls hadn't been forged, none of these young warriors would have ever met. And I can't begin to count the number of people who owe their lives to these kids! When their quest began, they were just children. But they soon grew into heroes. When the world needed saving, eight kids answered the call. One ball; that's how it all began.
-->'''Kami''': Goku, you're fortunate to have such an excellent teacher.
28th Aug '15 11:31:00 AM XanderVJ
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* Piccolo saves Gohan in almost every DBZ movie until the Buu Saga. While it might have gotten formulaic, it was still heartwarming to see.

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* Piccolo and Gohan's relationship in general. Even though Piccolo started out as a ridiculously abusive mentor to him, Gohan's innocence mellows him into the biggest HeelFaceTurn in the entire franchise, and that's saying something. Afterwards, Piccolo cherishes Gohan like a son, and Gohan looks up to Piccolo as a father figure (almost at the same level as Goku), and their interactions are just adorable. Special mention to the DBZ movies, where Piccolo saves Gohan in almost every DBZ movie single one of them until the Buu Saga. While it might have gotten formulaic, it was still heartwarming to see.
26th Aug '15 2:15:27 AM K
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* Tenshinhan's victory at the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai. This entire tournament has put Ten through the wringer: he's here for the sole purpose of beating the Kame School martial artists, but when they find out Goku killed Tao Pai Pai, Tenshinhan's role model and his master's younger brother, the goal becomes to kill Goku. At the same time, he shows a sincere desire to win the tournament and test his strength. He brutalizes Yamcha well beyond necessity for a friendly tournament, breaking his leg, but stops short of killing him, because then he'd be disqualified. Jackie Chun (Master Roshi in disguise) forfeits their match, after talking to Tenshinhan a bit and trying to convince him that he has more potential than just being Tsurusennin's bully. Tenshinhan is stunned by this, because while Tsurusennin's goal is to humiliate Roshi and his students, Roshi's is to encourage his students' improvement by the experience and the reminder that there's always someone stronger. Tenshinhan fights Goku next, and Goku, being Goku, gives him a run for his money. Halfway through, Goku starts shouting at Tenshinhan to stop cheating. Tenshinhan scoffs at this, but eventually he realizes Tsurusennin is forcing Chaozu to incapacitate Goku psychichally. Goku apologizes once Tenshinhan demands to be able to fight Goku fairly, because he realizes he wants to test his strength and improve more than he wants revenge or to be an assassin like Tao Pai Pai. Ten is still in shock, because his refusal to kill Goku and insistence on fighting fairly has amounted to a betrayal of his master, but he allows Goku to beat him down for a bit without fighting back, to make up for the blows he landed with Chaozu's help. This tournament, he says, is all he has left now. He uses his strongest attack to destroy the ring, warning Goku to dodge it because he doesn't want to kill him, reasoning that if there's no ring and Goku can't fly, he'll lose by ring out as soon as he dodges, since Tenshinhan ''can'' fly. Goku manages to use a Kamehameha to propel himself into Tenshinhan and injure him enough that they're both in freefall. Goku crashes into a truck and lands first, losing by ring out. The entire crowd runs over to cheer and congratulate them, Tenshinhan and Goku are hoisted on people's shoulders to greet each other, and Tenshinhan is awed by the ''positive'' attention. Master Roshi assures him he's earned it, now that he sees how much better it is to seek to improve yourself than to vanquish enemies. For bonus points, Yamcha is the first one to start the applause for Tenshinhan. Tenshinhan tries to give Goku half the prize money later, and quietly apologizes to Yamcha, once Yamcha congratulates him again. It's an exhaustive HeelFaceTurn, and surprisingly emotive, especially if you've come from DBZ first.
14th Aug '15 1:31:43 AM K
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** For bonus points, Krillin manages to win his match against Chiaotzu with math. Chiaotzu has to stop and count on his fingers to solve 9 - 1 (disrupting his psychic attacks aimed with his hands), but Krillin can add double-digits quickly in his head.

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** For bonus points, Krillin manages to win his match against Chiaotzu with math. Chiaotzu has to stop and count on his fingers to solve 9 - 1 (disrupting (disrupting his psychic attacks aimed with his hands), but Krillin can add double-digits quickly in his head.head. Because Master Roshi cared enough about him and Goku to make sure they were healthy, well-rounded young men.
14th Aug '15 1:30:06 AM K
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** For bonus points, Krillin manages to win his match against Chiaotzu with math. Chiaotzu has to stop and count on his fingers to solve 9 - 1 (disrupting his psychic attacks aimed with his hands), but Krillin can add double-digits quickly in his head.
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