[[caption-width-right:300:[[TimeSkip The later years.]][[note]] How late? This image includes Tarble, Vegeta's little brother, who wasn't introduced until ''2008'', a full 13 years after the manga originally ended.[[/note]]]]

''Dragon Ball Z'' is the anime adaptation of the second half of the ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga. While the manga kept its original name throughout its run in Japan, the anime's title [[LetteredSequel was changed]] from ''Dragon Ball'' to ''Dragon Ball Z'' in 1989, and the focus had changed from a [[SupernaturalMartialArts Martial Arts]] {{Comedy}} series (inspired by ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'') to [[CerebusSyndrome more serious and violent battles]] (and Creator/AkiraToriyama [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]]). As such, ''Dragon Ball Z'', is often used to refer both to the anime and this portion of the manga.

At the start, it revealed that Goku was not simply a boy with a tail but one of the last of the alien race, the Saiyans. He was sent into space shortly before the Saiyan planet was destroyed (with shades of ''Anime/GoldenBat'', ''[[http://www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]]'', and ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil progressively more powerful]] villains. Although Goku and his martial arts skills (which let him and his friends fly, throw energy blasts and read minds) dominated the battles, the story focused more on Goku's son Gohan as he grew up. Running seven years and nearly 300 episodes, the series can be broken down into the four primary {{big bad}}s of the series: Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, and Majin Buu. Both ''Dragon Ball'' the manga and ''Dragon Ball Z'' the anime came to a triumphant conclusion after Gohan is married and his own daughter Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.

Followed by the controversial ''Anime/DragonBallGT''. There was also a [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] continuation known as ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline'' that existed for a while. A filler-free recut, ''Anime/DragonBallKai'', premiered in 2009. This sub-series has also spanned fourteen movies and two special episodes. The first thirteen movies are [[NonSerialMovie non-serial movies]], but the fourteenth movie, ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', is considered canon and set some time after the Buu Saga. A direct sequel to Battle of Gods was announced- ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', which involves Frieza's troops finding the Dragon Balls and reviving him.

And for the first time in 18 years since Dragon Ball GT, Toei Animation just announced ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', a whole new sequel to Dragon Ball Z, set after the Majin Buu Arc starting in July on Fuji Television.

Now has a [[Recap/DragonballZ Recap Page]], please contribute.

!!The work contains examples of:

* DragonBallZ/TropesAToG
* DragonBallZ/TropesHToP
* DragonBallZ/TropesQToZ