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Anime: Dragon Ball GT
aka: Dragonball GT

Dragon Ball GT is the anime-only continuation of the Dragon Ball series. Set five years after the epilogue of Dragon Ball Z, Goku has finally finished training Uub and is ready to return home until an unexpected reunion with Emperor Pilaf and his minions who have managed to obtain the Black Star Dragon Balls, even more powerful than the originals. However, since failure has always been the only option for Pilaf's attempts to Take Over the World, he messes up the wish accidentally turning Goku into a child.

It is soon revealed that unlike their regular variants, the Black Star Dragon Balls scatter throughout the entire galaxy, and that if they aren't found within a year, the Earth will be destroyed. And so, Goku heads out into space with Trunks and his granddaughter, Pan. Starts off with the trademark humor of the early parts of Dragon Ball, before rapidly returning to the more action oriented style of the previous series.

The series itself was less successful than the previous Dragon Ball or Dragon Ball Z and is polarizing among traditional fans. Unlike its predecessors, it didn't spawn any theatrical movies, but does have a largely-unrelated TV Special (known as A Hero's Legacy in the Funimation dub), that was generally better received than the series itself. The special tells the story of Goku's descendant, Goku Jr.

Character sheet covering both this series and its predecessors can be found here.

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This show provides examples of:

  • Abridged Series: Three of them. One by FanInTheAttic, one by GTShadowProductions (who has also started to abridge the TV special), and one by TheDBGTAbridged.
  • Action Girl: Pan. Her power level has to be higher than Android 20, as she was able to beat Android 20 easily, and was shown to be physically stronger than him. The only reason she seems weak is because Rilldo was stronger than Buu and the first Big Bad was in Vegeta's body, and had several power-ups, making him stronger than Rilldo. All the big bads after that were even stronger than them, making her seem a lot weaker than she would be against most everything in the galaxy.
  • Adventure Towns
  • Affably Evil: The Shadow Dragons are from created the negative energy that built up in the Dragon Balls every time a selfless wish was made, and the more selfless the wish was, the more evil the Shadow Dragon spawned by the wish is. note  Nuova Shenron was created by King Piccolo's wish for his youth to be restored, the most selfish wish made, so he's hardly a villain at all.
  • Afraid of Needles: Goku's fear of needles comes up for the first time since the Namek saga.
  • After the End: Planet M-2.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Bra is about the same age as Pan. Her outfit really doesn't seem like it, though.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Why would you ever involve the Android that already turned on you once in your plan?
  • Air Jousting
  • Alien Among Us
  • Aliens Speaking English: As with previous Dragon Ball series, everyone in the galaxy speaks Japanese/English (or whatever language the series is being viewed in).
  • Always Second Best: Vegeta gets a whole episode ("The Heart of the Prince") lamenting this, before Bulma comes up with a plan to deal with it.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: The first half of the battle with Syn/Omega Shenron takes place in a ruined park.
  • Anyone Can Die: Piccolo, Goku, Krillin, plus several cities.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 0 is standard for a minor villain to do, Baby wants to pull off an X-3 or X-4, and the Shadow Dragons are aiming for an X-5.
  • Arson Murder And Jay Walking: When Chi-Chi breaks down crying:
    Chi-Chi: Wahhh I can't take it anymore! He turns into a child, he runs off on crazy adventures, and now he's got a ball on his head!
  • Artistic Age: An in-universe version is done with Goku's biological age. Goku's biological age is never stated, but Pan thinks he's gone to being 3 or 4. Others think he's about 10. Pan's age is officially 10, but due to this trope, nobody's completely sure, due to other sources giving different ages (but she's supposed to be 10). It is important to note that Goku is identical to how he looked age-wise in Dragon Ball (despite being a lot more muscular), so it is likely he is the same age as he was when he fought Pilaf.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: A certain Saiyan named Goku.
  • Attack Backfire: Goku tries to take down Super 17 with a variety of ki based attacks, only to discover that he can increase his strength level by absorbing them.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The key to killing Luud.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: General Rilldo, the most powerful Machine Mutant.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: 18 holding a deceased Krillin while telling him that she loves him.
  • Back for the Dead:
    • Piccolo makes a brief appearance when Baby arrives on Earth, disappears after being blasted, and suddenly returns afterward only to die when Earth explodes to stop the Black Star Dragon Balls from ever being used again.
    • Krillin has this too, being killed by the Brainwashed and Crazy Android 17 after seeing only brief glimpses of him and 18 throughout the Baby saga. This being the series that it is, though, he gets better.
    • Nappa didn't have a chance against Vegeta after returning from Hell.
  • Back for the Finale: Almost every surviving character Goku, Pan, and Trunks encountered in space shows up and has a speaking part (or at least a grunt) in episode 63 where they help Goku take out the Big Bad. Goku Jr. and Puck from the TV special show up in the epilogue for episode 64. A video montage featuring all the characters from the past Dragon Ball series shows while Goku is walking through the tournament halls in the last minutes of GT in episode 64.
  • Back from the Dead: Many villains from all 3 series during the Super 17 arc.
  • Backup from Otherworld: Piccolo talks to Dende and works with him to rip open Hell so Goku can escape.
  • Badass Adorable: Pan. She may be a bit emotional, and can't really take pain at first, but no matter where you are in the show, she can kick ass. She just doesn't really get a chance to do it too often because the villains all need to be on Goku's level. Her lightning fast domination of Android 20 is a good example, however.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Scroll up. It happens alot.
  • Badass: Most of Planet M-2, and things that come from there, like Luud.
  • Badass Boast: Goku gets one after his energy is restored to full near the end of his fight with Baby:
    Goku: All you can see is the light shining through the cracks around the edges of the door, Baby. And you just don't think that little bit of light can overcome your dark plans. But what you can't see is what's behind the door. That's what I am.
  • Badass Bookworm: Gohan, even more than before. He has brainy specs now.
  • Badass Family: While most of them are now retired from fighting, Goku's family still applies. Chi-Chi was a contestant in one of the World Tournaments, Videl may be the strongest pure human woman on Earth, Gohan could be the strongest anything on Earth if he applied himself, Goten could likely be just as strong as Gohan, Goku is the strongest non-fused character in the universe and is stronger than every single god in the universe, and even Pan has to be stronger than Android 20. Vegeta's family is pretty badass as well, seeing as Bulma was actually a badass at one point, Trunks has always been a badass, as has Vegeta.
  • Badass Grandpa: Though he doesn't look it (and after Pilaf makes that idiotic wish, he really doesn't look it), Goku.
  • Badass in Distress: Happens to most of the badasses sooner or later.
  • Badass Moustache: Subverted with Vegeta. It's so bad that his own daughter scolds him for it and has it shaved off.
  • Bad Boss: Pan's ideas for getting the Capsule Corp. engineers to design new stuff is to cut their pay in half and take all their benefits. Because they said breaking the laws of physics was impossible, and they were wrong. Good thing she isn't in charge.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The premise of the Shadow Dragons saga. The good wishes our heroes made with the Dragon Balls over the course of the saga were displaced by an equal amount of negative energy, which was stored in the Balls. Thanks to the Dragon Radar being able to track the Balls so easily, new wishes were made far sooner than they were meant to. So rather than allowing the negative energy time to dissipate, it instead accumulated over time, eventually leading to the creation of the Shadow Dragons.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted, much to Pan's annoyance.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Pan and Bra/Bulla.
  • Bash Brothers: Goku and Vegeta become this when they work together to fight Omega Shenron.
  • Batman Gambit M2; Giru pretended to be The Mole for General Rilldo, allowing the others to be able to infiltrate Dr. Myuu's operations more easilly.
  • Battle Aura: It's Dragon Ball. What did you expect?
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The bazaar on Imecka sells everything from ammo (including huge bullets) to alien food and jewelry to living birds used as hats with red and white tail feathers and snakes for wearing around your neck.
  • Beam-O-War
  • Beam Spam
  • Between My Legs: This shot is used with Super Saiyan 4 Goku, showing us Omega Shenron.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: People in this universe are nice because they can afford to be. Do not get on their bad side.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Goku and Pan try to do this for Trunks after Giru saved them from being turned into steel, but he walks out and reveals that he didn't need it.
  • Bigger on the Inside: Depending on the scene, the ship. Other times, it looks about as large as it would need to be for the size of the rooms.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • The names of the evil Dragons are all based on the Dragon Ball they sprang from, which is written in Chinese in the original Japanese version. They're in the form of "_ Xīng Lóng" ("[#]-Star Dragon"), rather than "Shén Lóng" ("God Dragon").
  • Bittersweet Ending: Goku defeats the Dragons, then he has to leave with Shenlong to teach people to stop using the Dragon Balls for everything. The bittersweet part of this ending is that said mission will last for 100 years, and Goku will never see his family and friends again because, by the time he returns, they'll be dead by then. Except for Pan, her grandson, and the Androids.
  • Blood Knight: Goku and Vegeta. Pan takes it even farther than her grandfather at times.
  • Body Snatcher: Baby. He's got some, if not most traits of a Puppeteer Parasite.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy:
    • Baby does this to everyone on Earth. Complete with Mind-Control Eyes.
    • Android 17 is brainwashed in this way as an essential part of the Super 17 arc. At one point he attempts to do this to 18 as well (and nearly succeds), and ultimate victory comes from our heroes reaching through his brainwashing for the briefest of seconds.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Bra/Bulla, even though she's actually only about 10. She bitches at her father, Vegeta, until he shaves his mustache, and he almost kills a group of guys who hit on her, destroying their car and running them off the road, into the ocean. Plus, as a half Saiyan, she's easily strong enough to do her own bag carrying, and can fly, but won't.
  • Break the Cutie: Pan, after her parents try to kill her while possessed by Baby.
  • Brick Joke: The warning about abusing the Dragon Balls.
  • Butt Monkey: Trunks and Krillin. Vegeta has his moments too.
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Pretty common.
  • The Cavalry: Giru, for the encased Goku and Pan.
  • Can't Catch Up: Vegeta is pretty annoyed when he discovers Goku has left him in the dust again, with Super Saiyan 4. "The Heart of the Prince" really shows a look into his mind. Everyone else is pretty much pointless. Trunks is useful at first, but by the time Goku gets SSJ4, he's been left behind again. Pan is the only other character to stay important.
  • Cassandra Did It: One Monster of the Week actually manipulates this, using his power to predict earthquakes to make it seem like he causes them.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster
  • Cerebus Syndrome
  • Chekhov's Army: almost everyone Goku met in the first arc reappear to help him with the Genkidama.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Ultra Sacred Water from the Garlic Jr. Saga in Z appears again and is used to cure humanity of Baby's control.
  • Chewing the Scenery
  • Chickification: Videl.
  • Chunky Updraft
  • Clip Show: "The Heart of the Prince".
  • Clothing Damage
  • Combined Energy Attack: Played with by Baby Vegeta, gathering his followers' hatred of Goku in a massive energy attack appropriately named Revenge Death Ball. Played straight by Goku, killing Omega Shenron with a Spirit Bomb formed with energy from everyone in the universe.
  • Continuity Nod: Pan makes Trunks dress in drag so that he can defeat a monster demanding brides from a local village in order to obtain a Dragon Ball. Trunks' mother made Pan's grandfather do the exact same thing during their first Dragon Ball hunt.
  • Cool Starship: It has multiple rooms, a flatscreen TV, a game system and other things. Plus, it can break the laws of physics without being designed to do so.
  • Covers Always Lie: The season sets. SS4 Goku is on the first one, containing the first 34 episodes. He shows up in Episode 35.
  • Crapsack World: Just about every planet ever. The only ones to not be this had low-level civilization. Even the galaxy, and the universe, could be seen as this, with Hell opening up, a dimension that screws people over and kills them, and plenty more.
  • Crossdressing Voices
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: A lot of the Z Fighters, especially Goku.
  • Cult Colony: Planet Luud (pronounced lewd).
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Most of the fights against the weaker Shadow Dragons.
    • SSJ3 Goku gets this treatment by Baby Vegeta, and then proceeds to give it back when he becomes SSJ4.
    • Omega Shenron is the most powerful villain in all three entire series and he still gets this by SSJ4 Gogeta. Yeah he's that good.
  • Cute Bruiser: Pan, and possibly Goku again, depending on your definition of cute.
  • Cycle of Revenge: This started with the Saiyan-Tuffle War. The Saiyans wiped out their neighbors (without provocation). The last surviving Tuffles then created Baby, who would later take over Vegeta's body, as well as most of humanity, and all the people with Saiyan blood on Earth besides for Goku and Pan. Because of this, Goku is forced to kill Baby. This potential plot is never pointed out in the show and the feud apparently ends when Goku kills Baby.
  • Darker and Edgier: Starting with Planet M-2.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Super Saiyan 4 Goku. Longer, even blacker hair, a deadly serious voice and personality, covered in dark red fur, dark red eyeliner, and downright frightening to be against. However, it's still Goku.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "The Heart of the Prince", a full episode devoted to Vegeta.
  • Death Is Cheap: Played straight at first, then averted, then played straight.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: All. The. Time.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: While there were hints of this in Z, by the end of the Super 17 saga Android 18 is pretty much completely defrosted.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Majuub's plan to help beat Baby. He got himself turned into chocolate and eaten. Mind you, Baby chewed, so it doesn't make that much sense.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Wasn't Uub supposed to be Goku's successor or something?
    • Trunks also qualifies for this. Do not let the picture above fool you, he is only one of main characters in the first arc.
    • Characters such as Oolong, Yamcha, Tenshinhan, etc. only got literally 5 second long cameos where they didn't even say anything.
  • Determinator: It's easier to list the people who aren't this.
  • Diabolus Ex Machina: The Shadow Dragons.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When Goten, Trunks and Gohan (and Majuub) give Omega Shenron trouble to let Goku and Vegeta fuse.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Killing Omega Shenron. Oh, hey, you just killed a guy who's very existence could wipe out reality. No biggie.
  • Dirty Old Man: The Elder Kaioshin.
  • Disc One Final Boss:
    • Pilaf shows up, but ceases to be important after the first episode. His wish causes the dragon balls to be flung all over the universe, where the "apparent" real Big Bad Dr. Myu and his minions start collecting them. However, he's eventually killed by Baby, who takes on the role (until he is in-turn killed by Goku). While in Hell, Myu joins forces with Gero and creates Super Android 17 seeming to reclaim his status as main villain... but then 17 kills both him and Gero. 17 kills a lot of people before being taken down. This forces Goku and company to use the Dragon Balls to try and undo the damage. Unfortunately, the overused balls summon the One-Star Dragon ("Syn Shenron") and the shadow dragons. In other words, with the exception of One-Star, every one of these villains was a Disc One Final Boss.
    • General Rilldo was definitely one of these as well, and a disappointing one at that. At first, he's introduced as more powerful than Majin Buu (the strongest villain in DBZ), has multiple forms and actually defeats and imprisons all three of the heroes at first. But then gets killed disappointingly easily two episodes later.
  • Disguised in Drag: Trunks does this in order to fool Zoonama.
  • Disney Death: Happens alot.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A guy driving next to Bra and Vegeta asks Bra out. What does Vegeta do in response? Destroy their steering wheel.
  • Distant Finale: Is 100 years distant enough for you?
  • Doting Grandparent: Goku.
  • The Dog Bites Back: What Super 17 does to Dr. Myuu.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Pan, on Planet M-2, using a broken robot.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: Quite a few in Funimation's dub, but the most egregarious example is Goku wondering whether he would have to go back to school after being turned into a child. Only he was raised in the mountains, lived in complete solitude and never even met another person besides his grandfather until he was 12, and he never went to school (Muten Roshi's training, which included some studying, doesn't count).
  • Dub Name Change: This happened to the Shadow Dragons; in Japan they were simply referred to by their Chinese number (as in, "Six-Star Dragon") like the Dragon Balls themselves, while the American dub gave them descriptive names. The Canadian Blue Water dub kept the original names.
  • Eat Me: Uub allowing Baby to eat him, which allowed him to launch a surprise attack from inside Baby's stomach.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The side-effects of the Black Star Dragon Balls. You use them, and you get one year to retrieve them. Otherwise, boom. The first time they get used, they are retrieved. The second time, everyone is too busy stopping Baby after he uses them. The Earth explodes, but not before everyone who isn't Piccolo is saved. Then they wish Earth back.
  • Elemental Powers: Used by the Shadow Dragons.
  • Enemy Mine: The fight with Luud ultimately boils down to this.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Pan gets one that lasts from her first appearing to them going to space. First, her breaking up the bank robbery, and then her being treated like (and complaining about being treated like) a kid (she's 10, so it does make sense). Then, her stowing away and basically stealing the ship when Goku and Trunks discover her. Trunks gets one in the form of him abandoning Capsule Corp and flying off, changing in the clouds.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: Averted. The giant bees are pretty much harmless, though they do mistake Pan for their queen. The baby bees are the cutest things ever, though.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Baby, in Vegeta's body. He alters it more and more over time.
  • Evil Is Deathly Cold: Played straight with the Three-Star and Four-Star Dragons. Three-Star has powers over ice, and Four-Star has powers over fire. Three-Star is bad, Four-Star is good. They're twin brothers, by the way.
  • Evil Knockoff: Dr. Gero and Dr. Myu create a new Android 17 in Hell and somehow use him to open a portal to Earth.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Played with. Baby is high-pitched, but some of the Shadow Dragons are extremely deep.
  • Evolving Credits: About halfway through the series, the opening credits, which originally ended with Goku, Pan, and Trunks beating up some mechanical giant, now ended with the three of them fighting Baby, even after the Baby arc ended.
  • Expository Theme Tune:
    • The Blue Water Dub version of "Dan Dan", but not the Funimation version.
    • The rap that Funimation used in the initial DVD release.
  • Facepalm: Vegeta's reaction after seeing Goku lose against an harmless boy in episode 41.
  • Fanservice/Fan Disservice: A close-up of Pan's butt and a fawn trying to breastfeed from her, as well as her shirt.
  • Fiction 500: Bulma, Trunks and Vegeta. Need a spaceship to save the Earth? Ok. Need an even bigger spaceship? Ok. Need a mobile Blutz Wave Generator within a day? Gotcha.
  • Fight Magnet: Goku, as usual.
  • Final Battle: Every Big Bad gets one.
  • Five-Bad Band: this is what Goku's friends and family become after Baby brainwashed them:
  • Franchise Zombie: Z already had signs of this, but Toriyama no longer had any hand in the story outside of a basic outline.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: At one point, Chichi slaps Baby-possessed Goten so hard that he goes careening past a shelf and knocks over two pictures. One of them is a generic picture of Bulma, Vegeta, and their kids, but the other is of tiny, DBZ-aged Bra being held by Vegeta and pulling his face into a really annoyed smile.
  • Gainax Ending: Clear proof that GT was a very rushed concept. What happens to Goku in the last 2 episodes is inexplicable and there's no official explanation. He's finished, then he's dead and he talks to the world, then suddenly he's alive again, then in base form he cannot be killed by Omega (there's not even a halo to give us any idea), then after the bomb's thrown, he's apparently dead again and brought back to life, then he leaves. Vegeta knows something's up, then suddenly we see Goku's clothes left on the ground (that shot is chronologically out of sequence and is shown at the end of the next couple of events). DBZ's version of No Body Left Behind doesn't leave clothes behind. But then he's off to visit Roshi and Piccolo still fully clothed, and both also know something's changed about him, but "Are you...?" is not very helpful. When they take their eyes off him for a second, there's suddenly no one there, which is almost creepy. Then for some reason the Dragon Balls merge into Goku, then he disappears. Where does he go? What happened to him? He doesn't return for 100 years, and, if you leave aside what you saw in A Hero's legacy, it's not clear if he's alive or dead (and, if he's alive, why he's only aged about 30-40 years instead of the full 100). To top it all off, he doesn't even seem bothered by the fact that almost everyone he knew is dead. It doesn't add up to his fate in A Hero's Legacy. Goku is clearly no more and it makes it appear like the whole cast just passed on when their time was up. However, A Hero's legacy was made earlier just after the Baby Saga and they intended Goku to be clearly dead by this point and be the Spirit Advisor to Goku Jr. At that time, no one had any idea how GT was going to end or just how they were going to get there. Seriously.
  • Generational Saga: Finishing the one started in the last two works.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Gohan and his utterly pointless glasses. He takes those off and you're about to learn why you don't mess with him.
  • A Glass of Chianti: Dr. Gero and Dr. Myuu celebrate the successful first part of their plan with a toast.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: Destroy the 7 the evil dragons to purify the Dragon Balls.
  • Grand Finale: Well was meant to be one for the franchise anyway. It does bring some closure to the series then the Z series did if nothing else.
  • Ground Punch: Naturon Shenron can punch the ground to cause energy beams to shoot out from it. He seems to have control over the general area it'll pop out from but not a specific location.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence
  • Half-Human Hybrid: And how! Bra, Trunks, Gohan and Goten. Pan is a 3/4ths human, and Goku Jr. is either 1/16 or maybe more Saiyan that that (you know, on the off chance the Pan/Trunks shippers are right).
  • Happy Flashback: Used to get Goku under control when he was giant, golden ape.
  • Happily Married: Vegeta and Bulma, Gohan and Videl, 18 and Krillin.
  • Harmless Freezing: Via the Three-Star Dragon.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Four-Star Dragon.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Piccolo (twice, once after he's dead), Buu, 18 tries, possibly Earth Android 17, and others. The Four-Star Dragon dies to save Goku.
  • Hell on Earth: The Legions of Hell return in the Super 17 arc. Also, Cell and Frieza have their own trap for Goku turned against them in Hell.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The Tuffles. They were a peaceful people (according to Baby and King Kai), who were almost completely wiped out by the Saiyans (who may or may not have been previously enslaved). So they created Baby, who plans on turning the entire galaxy into Tuffles. Nice, you went from genocidees to genociders.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard: Dr. Gero (again) and Dr. Myu, at the hands of Super 17.
  • Homeworld Evacuation: When Earth is set to explode by the effect of the Black Star Dragon Balls, everyone is evacuated to the nearby planet Plant, which had just been placed on Earth's orbit.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Hey Goku, you got your tail back. Too bad nobody told you you need to use Earth to turn into a Giant Golden Ape, then get yourself under control to become a Super Saiyan 4.
  • Hulking Out
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: Pan threatens to kill Giru all the time, to the point where it doesn't make any sense that he's even scared anymore.
  • In the End, You Are on Your Own: Each Big Bad was mainly taken out by Goku, with both him and them too powerful for anyone else. The best thing they could do was lend him their power and stand there.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting
  • It's Personal: Here's an FYI - don't mess with humanity. Otherwise, you'll anger Goku. An angry Goku is a very, very dangerous Goku.
  • Just a Kid: Both Goku and Pan get this, though only one of them is truly a kid. The other one is pushing 60, and finds it pretty annoying.
  • Ki Attacks
  • Kid-Appeal Character: Pan is a Type 3. Even if she'd get destroyed in the main fight, she still tends to try, and if she's not doing that, there's a good chance she's doing something else on her own, which tends to help out (pursuing Giru, finding and saving the kid who was possessed by Baby, and calming Goku down while he was a Golden Great Ape are all good examples).
  • Killed Off for Real: Piccolo stays behind on the exploding Earth so that the Black Star Dragon Balls cannot be used again. He cannot be revived without the Black Star Dragon Balls coming back, so he stays dead.
  • King of All Cosmos
  • Knight of Cerebus: General Rilldo. Up until he showed up, nobody other than Luud's high priest died, and the overall tone was still more silly than serious.
  • The Last Dance: Vegeta, Trunks, Goten, and Gohan all making one last attempt to kill Syn/Omega
  • LEGO Genetics: Baby's creation. Mixing the DNA of a synthetic organism with your leader? Sure, why not?
  • Lettered Sequel: Probably continuing the anime title change from Z to GT, at least what the letters stand for is clear in this series.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: All the villains who have ever died break out of hell, kicking the asses of everyone who was supposed to stop this kind of thing. Then they realize that they forgot to level grind, and get their asses sent straight home.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Goku and Vegeta act like this after things begin to go downhill against Omega Shenron. Much to the latter's enjoyment.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Everyone.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Pan, at times.
  • Little Stowaway: Pan. The reason they don't take her home is because she takes the device that would let them go home and easily keeps it a away from the out of practice, not to mention larger, Trunks. Goku refuses to interfere with it, and she finally drops it down her shirt (which, when you think about it, shouldn't work), causing Trunks to give up.
  • Living Prop: Bra does about three things in GT. Get Vegeta to shave that awful facial hair, make Vegeta take her shopping, and give some power to Baby. About the only reason they included her seems to be to give her something to do, since Toriyama introduced her in the next-to-last chapter of the manga.
  • Magic Music: The Para Para Brothers.
  • Magic Pants : Super Saiyan 4, the form with its own instant tailor. Works both back and forth. Vegeta even gets gloves and a leather belt to match.
  • Make Room For The New Plot: The last few Black Star Dragon Balls are found alot faster and easier so that the heroes will return to Earth, discovering Baby has taken it over.
  • Male Gaze: Pan has had at least one awkward close-up of her butt. The fact that she might be as young as ten didn't stop the crew.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Dr. Myuu to Doltaki and Mutchie, beginning the transition to the Baby Saga.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Dr. Myu's forces. Though, it turns out, at least some of them had souls (Like Rilldo).
  • Miracle-Gro Monster: The Five-Star Dragon ("Rage Shenron").
  • Misplaced Retribution: Baby's attack on Goku, Trunks, Pan, Vegeta and the other people with Saiyan blood, as well as all of humanity, and he plans to attack the entire galaxy. This is all revenge for what the Saiyans did to the Tuffles. Vegeta and Goku were not even born yet (and Vegeta would have been a baby if he was), the others were certainly not born yet, the rest of the galaxy wasn't involved, and Frieza killed all the Saiyans who could have been there in a combat role (as in, not babies). Basically, he's taking out his anger over what King Vegeta and Bardock's generation did on their kids, grandkids, great grandkids, friends, family members, fellow inhabitants of the Earth and fellow inhabitants of the universe. Both Goku and Pan flat out tell this to Baby. He doesn't care.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Trunks is an in-universe example with all the women (And Otokosuki) of Capsule Corp. lusting after him as he walks the halls of the company.
  • The Mole: After arriving on Planet M2, it's revealed that Giru was working for the bad guys all along. Except it turns out he wasn't and that he was working for the good guys, by deceiving Rilldo and the Machine Mutants. So he was actually a Reverse Mole.
  • Monster of the Week: In an interesting display of symmetry, the show used this format in the Black Star Saga (the first arc) and the Shadow Dragon Saga (the final arc).
  • Mood Whiplash: Often caused by trying to accommodate both early Dragon Ball's comedic tone and the more serious action of Z. The worst offender is by far the Shadow Dragon Saga.
  • Mr. Exposition:
    • Trunks when he explains The Plan he used on Planet M2.
    • Baby when he tells his personal history to Vegeta.
  • My Husband Is Hotter Than Your Husband: Chi-Chi and Bulma fight over which Super Saiyan 4 is hotter when Vegeta first transforms.
  • Nice Hat: Pan's fisherman's hat in episode 64 and A Hero's Legacy.
  • Never Forgotten Skill: Played with quite oddly. After being turned back into a kid, Goku is unable to use his Instant Transmission technique and Trunks theorizes that since Goku is a kid again, he can't use any technique he learned when he was an adult. However, Goku pulls off the techniques of flying, turning Super Saiyan, and sensing energy with little difficulty...despite the fact that he never learned them back when he was a kid.
  • Never My Fault: Bulma manages to blame Goku for starting the cycle of searching for the Dragon Balls, when he didn't even know what they did until he met her.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Vegeta regrows his tail when he gets bombarded with Bluntz Waves.
  • New Season, New Name
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The constant overuse of the Dragon Balls over the course of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z is what causes the creation of the Shadow Dragons.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • Baby does this, having used the Black Star Dragon Balls to bring back Planet Plant. Because of this, and the year long (well, just about) reign afterwards, by the time he's dead, Earth has two weeks left. Luckily, there's still a planet just sitting there, as well as a giant spacecraft and Super Saiyan 4 Goku, who can use instant transmission. So, had Baby used that wish for something like immortality or even just Planet Plant in it's old place, Earth would have been screwed.
    • Super 17 had Android 18 in his control for Dr. Myuu. But he just had to kill Krillin, which broke his hold on her and sent her into a murderous rage of her own.
  • No Endor Holocaust: Earth is so lucky this universe ignores physics. For one thing, it would be bombarded with the remnants of... itself, from the last two times it exploded. For another thing, if a planet were as close as the restored Planet Plant in real life, the gravity of the two would first pull them to the point where they'd be slightly elongated. Second, their gravity would pull them towards each other. The two would then collide, doing massive damage to both. A very popular theory these days is that Earth used to be a Superearth, a giant Earthlike planet almost completely covered in oceans. Then it hit a Earth-sized planet. The chunks left over from the two gave us the moon, and the Earth became what it is today (after millions of years of pulling itself together).
  • No Guy Wants an Amazon: Pan's date in the first episode. He's not exactly a fan of her kicking the asses of a group of bank robbers and saving (what she thinks is a) small child.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Super Android 17 and Syn/Omega Shenron love this way of fighting.
  • No One Could Survive That: Majuub gets turned into chocolate and chewed up, yet lives.
  • No One Should Survive That: At one point, Pan, Goku and Trunks get so close to a sun that, by all scientific information available, their ship should have melted and they should have instantly been burnt to a crisp.
  • No Saving Throw: Earth Android 17 vs. Hell Fighter 17, when Earth 17 attacks Krillin and 18.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: A few of the Shadow Dragons.
  • The Nth Doctor:
    • In the FUNimation dub, Goku is played by Stephanie Naldony in his kid form, Sean Schemmel in his SSJ4 transformation and Shane Ray in his Golden Ape transformation.
    • In the same dub, Syn Shenron is initially voiced by Bob Carter, but his VA switches to Christopher Sabat when he transforms into Omega Shenron.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The Seven-Star Dragon ("Naturon Shenron").
  • Oddly Common Rarity: In Dragon Ball Z, the need for a spaceship was something really, really bad. Not even Capsule Corp could pull that off. Now, Capsule Corp can build spacecraft within the week, complete with extras like a flatscreen TV.And that's when it takes off before it's even ready.
  • Off Model: Nearly the entire series. When it comes to Z, there were quite a lot of off-model moments, but when it came to scenes directly off manga material, you could see the difference. GT's art seems to be a case of Toei being lazy; it barely resembles the sharp, angled art style Toriyama employed by the end of the manga.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Goku. It's apparently a Saiyan trait. Even before turning into a kid, he's supposedly in his 40s-50s, and yet barely looks any older than in the Cell saga of Z. Immediately after being reverted to child size, he makes a reference to Compulsory School Age in the Funimation dub.
    • Vegeta, for the same reason (as he's the only other full-blooded Saiyan left). He's 5 years older than Goku, meaning he's mid to late 50s by now.
    • Despite looking like a little kid, Pan might actually be somewhere in her early teens. It depends on how long you think the Time Skip between Z and GT is (according to the original Japanese, it's 5 years after the end of DBZ, which was 10 years after the Buu Saga).
    • Bulma looks 40, when she's more around mid 50s.
  • Ominous Walk
  • The Omnipotent: The Dragon of the Black-Star Dragon Balls. He lacks the limits of the other Dragons, even.
  • One True Sequence: The first time Goku and the others meet the Para Para Brothers. Of all the Dragon Balls for them to find, they find the only one that the heroes just found at the same time.
  • Our Hero Is Dead: Following Goku's initial loss to Baby Vegeta.
  • Overprotective Dad: Possibly Vegeta. It's up to the viewer whether he attacked the teenage punks because they made fun of him or whether he didn't like them hitting on his daughter... or both.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Anyone who isn't SS4 Goku or Vegeta is pretty much helpless as your average innocent bystander by the end.
  • Overtook the Series: It's anime-only continuation after the manga ended.
  • Papa Wolf: In one of his more awesome moments, when Hercule thinks Great Ape Baby has killed everybody, including his granddaughter Pan he COMPLETELY loses it, screaming at Baby that he WILL kill him despite he being no more than a speck to Baby until he sees they're fine.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Think of it like this: The weakest Z-Fighter, Pan, is stronger than Dr Gero.
  • PG Explosives
  • Pity the Kidnapper: An early episode saw Goku, transformed into a child by the black star dragonballs, get kidnapped by a gang of thugs. (Well, technically he goes along with them willingly, not realizing that they are kidnappers.) He forces them to spend all of their money on food for him, undermines their attempts to negotiate a ransom from his friends, and in the end simply flies away when it's time to go home.
  • Planet of Hats: According to Baby, the Tuffles were a planet of peace-loving, kindhearted people.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Goku has no objections to being naked. Pan does.
  • Plot Hole: The entirety of the Headscratchers page makes you wonder how the series was even possible at all.
  • Porn Stache: Vegeta. Then Bra informs him it's awful, and he shaves it.
  • Post Script Season: Times Two. The show itself is a Post Script Season for Dragon Ball Z, while everything after the Baby Arc is a (very, very good) Post Script Season for the show itself.
  • Power Glows: The Four-Star Dragon, in his red form.
  • Power Limiter: Goku's power drops along with his size. Not to the same level he was at when he was actually a kid, but he he loses key abilities like the Super Saiyan transformations and Instant Transmission.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow
  • The Power of Friendship: Tends to be what allows Goku to win, though his friends mainly sit on the sidelines before and after.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
  • Privately Owned Society: Imecka.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Possessed Trunks.
  • Punched Across the Room
  • Punny Name: Don Kee (it makes more sense in Japanese, where he's "Don Kia", a pun on akindo, meaning "merchant").
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: Piccolo, quite literally. After he's already dead. But on the other hand he went himself there on purpose, actually prefers being there and uses his newfound position to guard Hell as seen at the end.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad / Team Rocket: The Para Para Bros.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: In marked contrast to earlier series, GT used random pop songs from popular Japanese artists of The Nineties, including the late Izumi Sakai (a.k.a. ZARD), idol Shizuka Kudou, and pop staples DEEN, WANDS, and Field of View. They're fairly memorable, but they really have absolutely nothing to do with the series in terms of lyrical content.
  • Recycled Premise: The Tuffle Arc is recycled almost entirely from Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans. Baby is a rather obvious expy of Hatchiyack being a tuffle creation who seeks to avenge his race by any means necessary.
  • Recycled In Space: For the first arc, the early Dragon Ball series In Space!
  • Red Alert: Giru has a tendency for this. "Danger! Danger! Pan! Danger!"
  • Redundant Rescue: When Goku and Pan try to "save" Trunks from being stuck as a metal... thing.
  • Religion of Evil: The worshipers of Luud.
  • Retired Badass: Gohan, Videl, Goten, Trunks, Piccolo and quite a few other characters.
  • Revenge: Baby's primary motive.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: 18's first move after 17 kills Krillin is to beat the shit out of him.
  • Robot Buddy: Giru.
  • Scenery Gorn: most of the battles with the Dragons have place in the middle of some ruins of modern cities.
  • Screaming Warrior
  • Separated From The Adults: The many, many times Pan's separated from everyone else.
  • Serial Escalation: All of the villains are much stronger than Freezer. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta stands out the most; he has been named as the single most powerful character in the Dragon Ball universe.
  • Series Continuity Error: After Gohan was given the ultimate power-up by the Elder Kaioshin in Dragon Ball Z, he was told that he no longer needed the Super Saiyan transformation. Yet here he uses it.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Giru has a tendency to become incapacitated whenever the Big Bad rears their ugly head.
  • Shoot the Hostage: in an attempt to stop Super 17's rampage, Pan and Giru manage to block Dr. Gero and threaten him with death. Sadly, because Dr. Myuu secretly modified Hell Fighter 17 in order to make him respond to his and his only orders, Super 17 doesn't recognize Gero as his boss anymore. Which leads to Gero's nth death at the hand of one of his creations.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When the heroes get encased in metal, they look pretty familiar.
    • The Planet Gelbo features a native species of pointy eared humanoids. Its original name, Kerubo is an anagram of "Borukeno", which is a Japanese spelling of the word Vulcan/Vulcano.
  • Significant Acrostic: The American names for the Shadow Dragons start with the letters S-H-E-N-R-O-N. Specifically note that the letters are in Dragon Ball order too (for example The 1 star dragon being "Syn Shenron" and the 7 star dragon being "Naturon Shenron").
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Baby is out for revenge against the Saiyans, of whom Goku and Vegeta are the only full blooded survivors. And he willingly states this word by word when he's telling Vegeta his backstory.
  • Sissy Villain: Lord Don Key of Imecka, and Master Doltaki the "Oracle" of Lord Luud.
  • Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: Nova Shenron summons a giant lens and use it to fire an extremely hot sunbeam.
  • Sole Survivor: Baby, to the Tuffles.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Quite a few of the songs used in DBGT's soundtrack, including the OP and Ending songs, are pretty blatantly romantic in nature. While Goku and Pan do love each other very much, its probably not even remotely in that way, and it doesn't really fit any part of the series at that. They are still very good songs, nonetheless.
  • Space Brasilia: The ruins of the city seen on M-2 are clearly this, just with a long period of abandonment after the apocalypse.
  • Specs of Awesome: Gohan
  • Spit Take: Vegeta's reaction, after Bulma tells him she can make him a SSJ4.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: The Don Kee story arc features an episode like this.
  • Super Mode: While Z only went to level 3 of the transformation, GT in particular is notable for introducing Super Saiyan 4, which is so powerful that a Saiyan must become a Golden Great Ape before attaining this form, and unlike all others, this form involves a Saiyan keeping their hair dark but having a copious amount of it as well as growing red fur all over their body and regrowing their Saiyan tail if it's missing.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: SS4 Goku, and Golden Great Ape Goku. GGA is just plain destructive, but SS4, at least the first time it's used, is like the first time Goku went Super Saiyan, only even more serious.
  • Super-Strong Child: Pan, Goku again (though only biologically).
  • Team Dad: Trunks to Pan, Goku and Giru in the first saga.
  • Theme Tune Rap: Infamously for the broadcast version of the FUNimation dub (the rap is not featured in the DVD set).
  • This Way to Certain Death: Under the Black Star Dragon Balls is a whole bunch of skeletons. One must wonder, were those people there for the Dragon Balls, or did Mr. Popo just need to get rid of some bodies?
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Cell and Frieza.
  • Timeshifted Actor:
    • In both English dubs, Goku's actor changes as he shifts between his child and adult/SSJ4 bodies.
    • In the Funimation dub, Pan's actress changes during the flashbacks from when she was a toddler. Oddly, this is averted with old lady Pan, who has the same VA as 10-year-old Pan.
  • Time to Unlock More True Potential: The Kais think Goku's in for this after his first defeat by Baby Vegeta. Played with in a sense, as all Goku needs to unlock his potential is to have his tail grow, in a particularly painful manner involving a pair of pliers.
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted in the end during the final battle with Omega. SS4 Gogeta completely had him outmatched in every way, but when the fusion wore off sooner than they expected (likely the SS4 form was straining the fusion), Omega would not and did not allow them to fuse again, interrupting them whenever they tried.
  • Trash Talk: Goku to Pilaf in the Blue Water dub, after the latter says he would have easily defeated Goku back in the old days when Pilaf was the bigger of the two.
    Adult Goku: Even as a child, I don't ever recall being shorter than you.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Pan.
  • True Companions
  • Turtle Island: Or, in this case, Croc Mountain.
  • Understatement In an episode when Chi-Chi freaks out when Goku doesn't know about the Dragon Ball on his head. Gohan's response:
    Gohan: She finally cracked.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The bank robbers(?) in the first episode. They had no clue that Pan was more badass than all of them combined.
  • Unholy Nuke: The Revenge Death ball, powered by the hate of Baby's followers. Also Omega Shenron's negative energy ball, made from all the bad karma left over from all the sins on Earth.
  • Unreliable Narrator: When Baby gives us the history of the interaction of his people, it's clear that he's slightly biased.
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • Vague Age: Pretty much everyone since it's never entirely established how many years have passed between Z and GT (the GT Perfect File companion books give it as 5 years, but certain dates appear to be reckoned assuming a decade since the end of Z). For example, fan sites have placed Pan anywhere from 10 to 14.
  • Verbal Tic: Giru Giru Giru.
  • Verbal Tic Name: Giru. He initially introduces himself as T2006, which prompt them to rename him after his verbal tic simply because it's easier.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Pan does this with the spaceship's keys, though it seems unlikely that she would be able to pull this off.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: Painfully apparent when the old villains escape from Hell. Vegeta defeats Nappa without even trying, and Goku beats Freeza and Cell effortlessly in spite of the trap they set for him.
  • Villain Team-Up: Freeza and Cell in Hell (along with Dr. Gero and Dr. Myu in Hell, and other people in Hell).
  • Violence Is the Only Option
  • The Walls Are Closing In
  • Voice of the Legion: Syn Shenron.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Old Kai has Goku unlock his hidden power by making him operate a giant coffee grinder. Somewhat subverted as the actual goal was simply to regrow Goku's tail, and the training is quickly abandoned for the faster solution of simply forcing the tail out with a pair of pliers.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: The Five-Star Dragon gets his ass kicked by rain.
  • Wham Episode: "The Greatest Surprise" and "The Shadow Dragons".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to Planet Plant/Vegeta? Is it just following Earth around? Did they blow it up? Seriously, there's a planet right next to Earth, in Earth's orbit. What happened to it? What ever became of the killer robots in possession of an industrial complex encompassing the entirety of Planet M-2?
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Giru is treated like a full character, having started out as a good guy. However, he's still a Machine Mutant. The rest of the Machine Mutants are killed without any moral problems, despite the fact that the are clearly sentient.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The Machine Mutants are treated like your standard mooks. That is to say, slaughtered. Fridge Horror sets in when you remember that they're all sentient, and at least some, like Rilldo, have souls. This is also evoked when Giru first joins the team. Pan starts threatening Giru after he assimilated their Dragon Radar, when Trunks stops her. She tries to say he's Just a Machine, but Trunks explains that because the little robot is clearly experiencing fear, it must be sentient, and should be treated as such.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Baby Vegeta worries he'll become this in exchange for the power to match SSJ4 Goku, and it is subverted when he reveals he still can talk and reason... but not for long, as he slowly but surely begins to lose his grip on sanity, as a result of both his unnaturally enhanced power and his maniacal obssession to kill Goku at the expense of everything else, even his own planet.
  • Worthy Opponent: The Four-Star Dragon and Ledgic.
  • You Can Keep Him: In the first episode, a group of criminals tie up Goku, and call Caspule Corp, hoping to ransom him. Vegeta answers, listens to their demands, then nonchalantly states "You can keep him."
  • You Can't Thwart Stage One
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Bra.

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