The best part about this Badass Boast is that it's actually present in the original dub, where it more or less fell flat. So TFS took the line, added a ton of ham, and made it awesome. That's awesome on a meta level.
After an entire episode of the Ginyu Force destroying Team Three Star, Goku appears and decimates each of them in a few seconds.
Goku (without a hint of irony): Now where are the fighters?
KILLING CRABS! IN THE OCEAN!! KILL IT FAST, PAIN EXPLOSION!!!
A more low key example: Krillin getting Bulma, after all her frustration and anger at getting left behind on Namek, to calm down and give them to Dragon Radar simply by calmly talking to her.
Bulma: [enraged] WHY!? Why would you leave me alone here!? I don't know this place! Did you know there are giant crabs down there!? I do! I killed one! Krillin: Okay, Bulma, let's just calm down. Why are you upset? Bulma: Why? Because I am always alone. Krillin: Okay, Bulma. If we were to stay here - what would that accomplish? Bulma: ....just take the f[bleep]ing radar.
There's a sort of meta moment of awesome in Episode 23. Now, Goku and Ginyu have exchanged bodies. Now, you may think that Voices Are Mental just as they were in the main series, but nope. Goku and Ginyu have each other's voices...but still talk like themselves throughout two-thirds of the episode. It really shows some competent voice work and attention to detail.
Vegeta Vs Jeice was even better then the actual version in the show. Not only is Vegeta more badass, but he's darkly funny as well.
Jeice: What the hell happened to you? You were not this strong when you fought Recoome. Vegeta: Looks like you have some required reading to do. (Holding his Saiyan Handbook, which cuts to scene of Jeice reading it) Jeice: Okay. Warrior race, full moon, lose your tail, stronger every time you almost—Oh, well I'm right proper f***ed aren't I? Vegeta: Right in the down under. (Teleport boot to the face, chop to the ribs, and Jeice opens his eyes just in time to see Vegeta about to blast him point blank.) Jeice: Clever girl... (KABOOM)
Freeza's genuinely chilling entrance at the end of Episode 24:
Vegeta: Don't you understand!? If it didn't grant my wish, then I'm not immortal, and Freeza's going to... g-going to... (All freeze, making sounds of abject terror). Freeza: Oh no, don't mind me.By all means;give me some ideas.
Freeza: Tell me, have you ever heard of Planet Vegeta? Nail: N-No? Freeza: Funny, because I expect to hear the same from the next person when I ask them about Namek.
Nail laughing right in Freeza's face after he just got curbstomped by him. It takes serious hutzpah to do that.
This Call Back is an awesome moment for Gohan in my opinion:
Vegeta: SO WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?! Gohan: What am I doin'? Vegeta: WHAT ARE YOU DOIN'?! Gohan: Nothing much. Vegeta: THWARTIN' MY PLANS?! Gohan: Thwartin' your plans? Vegeta: ARE YOU?! Gohan: ...Yes.
YMMV on this but Super Kami Guru's crowning moment of jerkassry through forcing himself to die when Vegeta is about to make his immortality wish, thus disabling the Dragon Balls, is awesome in a weird way especially when you consider he is literally sacrificing himself in order to be the biggest dick in the universe, and (unknowingly) preventing Vegeta from gaining immortality.
Episode 25 contains a CMOA for Vegeta, Gohan, and even resident Butt Monkey Krillin.
Vegeta holds his own against Freeza's first form and forces him to transform.
And even gets a Badass Boast out of it. "Go ahead and mock me, Freeza. But I'm not afraid of you. So why don't you doll yourself and get ready for a night on the town, because I'm about to take you to a ballroom blitz!"
Gohan gets pissed all to hell and lays an epic smackdown on Freeza after Freeza impales Krillin.
But before we part ways, Vegeta, let me tell you a tale. *whacks Vegeta with his tail* The end.
I thought this part was incredible:
Freeza: *While hitting Vegeta in the back repeatedly.* Stop hitting yourself. *WHACK!* Stop hitting yourself. *WHACK!* Stop hitting yourself. *Lets go of Vegeta, letting him fall to the ground* Vegeta: Aahh! ... Aahah, you're the one hitting me... ! Freeza: Au contraire, Vegeta. You brought this upon yourself.
Earlier in the series, Freeza mentions keeping track of how many times he hears various Badass Boasts, since the Namekians are unable to come up with one he hasn't heard at least twelve times. When Goku arrives to stare down Freeza, he immediately delivers one Freeza's never heard before.
This little exchange is a CMOA for both Vegeta and Freeza:
Freeza: It seems our game is over, Vegeta. Now that we're done here, it's time to send you crying home to mommy. Vegeta: My mother's dead. Freeza: I know.
It's a Crowning Moment for both VAs, that's for sure.
Vegeta swallows his pride and delivers a Badass Boast for Goku while fighting to stay concious.
Vegeta: You see, Freeza? You aren't dealing with the average Saiyan warrior anymore. Freeza: Ooooh myyyy GOOOOOD... Vegeta: He has risen above, and become a legend! The legend that you fear! He has become... A SUPER SAI—YAUGH! Goku: (Gasp) Vegeta! Freeza: No, seriously, you have no idea how old that got.
It's distinctly possible he had been repeating the Super Saiyan Speech on purpose. Why? Because that is literally the only thing Freeza is afraid of!
After Vegeta gives his little Super Saiyan speech for the second time, Freeza delivers this amazing retort.
Freeza: Okay, seriously, first off... Super Saiyan. What is that, what even is that? I'll tell you what it is. It's just some stupid legend passed by your filthy monkey ancestors around a campfire like it was their own dung. Let me tell you Vegeta, I don't deal in legends... I deal in facts. And here's a fact; by the end of this, you are going to be crying... like a little bitch.
Freeza and Goku's banter for all of episode 28. It's equal parts hilarious and amazing that Goku is driving Freeza up a wall without even trying.
An Episode 28 comment really summarizes what makes DBZ Abridged so great:
Nevikx666: What separates the TFS DBZ Abridged series from most abridged shows is that they can be both hilarious and still retain the likeness of show they're parodizing without bastardization of plot, characters or any part of the show holistically. Cracking up hilarious jokes amidst the momentum of the action — this is what most shows lack.
Also from episode 28, Goku firing off his Kamehameha at Freeza, another very well-done moment from Goku's voice actor.
Freeza(after tanking said Kaio-Ken powered Kamehameha): "No seriously, Kaio What?" Goku:"Kaio-Crap." Freeza: "I thought so." -blasts Goku
The lead-up to that gag is, even though it didn't work, really made of win in itself:
Freeza: Any last words monkey? I mean besides "gurgle gurgle." Goku: (Breaking free of Freeza's grip) Yeah! KAIOKEN! Freeza: Kaio-wha-? Goku: KA-ME-HA-ME-HA!
The fight ITSELF between Goku and Freeza, being so awesome and intense like the original show (with much less filler to drive the point). If you're not laughing at the banter, you're enjoying the clash between titans.
King Kai, of all people, beats (almost) all of the Ginyu Force single-handedly (offscreen).
Piccolo getting a taunt in before stalling Freeza to buy time for Goku. He was going to get wailed on either way, so why not make the most of it.
Freeza: And I just keep getting reminded of my failures!! Piccolo: You mean your failure at killing me or just in general?
Goku's Ironic Echo to Piccolo when asking him to buy time so he can charge the spirit bomb.
Goku: I've got the Spirit Bomb, but I need both arms to charge it. You'll have to distract him while I gather energy— Piccolo: Well that's not so bad... Goku: —for five minutes. And considering how bad he was kicking my butt...eh, I'm sure you can handle it. Piccolo: Did...you just hold a grudge?
He's terrifying, and a complete asshole, but Freeza's almost-Pre-Mortem One-Liner, as he plays along with Goku's suggesion of a game of "20 Questions" is ice cold.
Freeza: Alright then. First question: are you about to die? Goku: ...no? Freeza: Ah ah ah! [aims finger at Goku's head]No lying.
And Goku's response when Freeza finally notices the Spirit Bomb.
Goku: Are we still playing 20 Questions?
Goku finally ascends to become the legendary Super Saiyan. Yes, it is just as epic as the original anime!
Freeza, hopelessly outclassed, manages to talk Goku into giving him extra time to power up, before beating him down.
Freeza: Wait! I'm only at half my Full Power! Goku: I don't see how that's my problem. Freeza: No, listen! ...If you let me power up... I'll give you a pizza! Goku:You killed my best friend, Freezer! That's not gonna work anymore! Freeza:Two pizzas! Goku:I said I'm done! Hraaaaaaaaaaa-! Freeza: (Smiling calmly) With stuffed crust. Beat King Kai:Goku..... Goku: Now hear me out, King Kai...
Freeza: Filthy wish dragon! Grant me immortality as so I may rid myself these vile creatures and secure myself as ruler of all creation! Porunga: (in Namekian) Your wish has been granted. [Everyone on Namek begins to teleport to Earth] Freeza: What? No! This isn't what I wished for! What's going on!? Dende: Down here! Freeza: YOU. Nooo...Nooo you didn't. Dende: So what if I did? What're you going to do about it, huh?Come at me bro! [Freeza shoots at Dende who teleports before the blast hits]
Goku: *while Freeza's gripping him from behind* KIDNEY SHOT! KIDNYSHOT-KIDNEYSHOT-KIDNEYSHOT! And paaauuse... STOMACH PUNCH!! Freeza: *pukes blood* Gonna wiz red.
Goku avenged Vegeta here, even for a part he wasn't there for.
Goku slapping the crap out of Freeza so hard slow motion was used.
Goku: Are you sorry yet? Freeza: I think I peed a little.
Goku's reaction to Freeza's energy disks is to immediately suggest that he's stealing Krillin's move, and jokingly asks if he should watch out for attacks used by Tien, Vegeta, and Piccolo as well.
A semi-major plot hole from the original series is closed off and entirely explained by... MUFFIN BUTTON!
Honestly, most of Season 2 can be a CMOA for Krillin. After the "Krillin Owned" counter and becoming the resident Butt Monkey in Season 1, the fact that he survives almost the entire Namek Saga with only Gohan, on a planet with such strong characters as Zarbon, Dodoria and Freeza is a huge accomplishment.
Freeza and father land on Earth and Freeza begins laying out the rules of a scavenger hunt (humans are one point, Namekians twenty points, Gohan fifty, and Vegeta is an instant win). He dismisses his troops with a cheeky "Off you go!", a chorus of "Yes sir!" comes from the group, they fly away... and fall to the ground as a series of slashes cuts through them. Future Trunks stands in front of them, drops his sword into scabbard, and simply snarks "So. How many points are those?"
Trunks spends a good bit of Episode 33 being awesome, but this moment sticks out:
Trunks: *After killing a minion in about a second* Consider that a warning. Either leave now or die. Freeza: Ooh, is that an ultimatum? I love ultimatums! Here's mine. Either die to him or die to me! *Trunks takes a stance as the soldiers rush him... and slashes them all faster then can be seen. All the soldiers are still standing, immobile.* Freeza: What... What just happened? Trunks: Give it a second. Freeza: No, really they're just... Trunks: No, no hang on... *Trunks sheathes his sword and the bodies all drop.* Trunks: Yeah, took me a whole three months to get that one down. They make it look a lot easier then it really is. *One soldier is shown still alive, visibly terrified of Trunks* REAL hard part was that guy's armor. *Said soldier's scouter breaks in half, and his armor follows suit as Trunks keeps talking.* Went through a dozen mannequins before I cinched that one.
Episode 34 has Goku blocking Trunk's sword strikes with one finger. And, unlike in the source material where Trunks warns Goku that he was going to attack, Trunks just attacks out of nowhere here and Goku still casually stops him and then goes right back to what he was talking about a second ago. Badass.
Amazingly enough, Yamcha gets one that doubles a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming in Episode 35. The Androids are killing helpless civilians and he's the only Z Warrior in earshot. He's completely aware that he's almost certainly out of his league and could very well die (for the second time!), and he's freaking out about it. So what does he do? Go in anyway to try to help people.
Episode 36 gives us Vegeta's brutal takedown of #19, every bit as wonderful as it was in the show.
Vegeta: [#19 hits Vegeta in the face, to no effect] Hrm, what a shame. Looks like you just initiated your self-destruct sequence.
Vegeta then proceeds to provide a "count down sequence", via the number of hits it takes to defeat him. And actually gets it right.
Vegeta: One. Big Bang Attack!
Vegeta's Kai theme song (Saiyan Blood) being played as he goes Super Saiyan.
Before his fight with #19, Vegeta asks the Android if it can feel fear, with #19 responding "results inconclusive". Vegeta's response before turning Super Saiyan: "Let's fix that, shall we?"
THWAM!Android 19 is knocked backwards by a fist belonging to...
As of season 3, Krillin appears to have gotten a lot less scared and a lot more snarky, now that he's not the only piece of cannon fodder on the team. This growth spurt in balls will probably help him with 18 in later episodes.
As a testament to this, when his owned counter returns in episode 38, he recovers from it immediately, and succeeds in his objective, effectively rendering the owned counter meaningless.
Krillin all but taking charge about moving Goku's location. Despite moving him to, what is literally the second place the Androids would look.
After seeing Vegeta's abuse of Future Trunks, it's extremely satisfying to see 18 break his arm.
Between his poor treatment of his family, his sexist comments towards 18 during their fight, and his general dickery for the past few episodes, it's safe to say that no one was rooting for Vegeta on this one. Then he calls 18 a cunt. Needless to say, what happened nextwas well deserved.
(18 crushes Vegeta's other arm, making him wheeze in pain again)
Android 18: This guy!
Toriyama, the bird Goku saved in the Cooler special, returns in episode 40. And, believe it or not, it has taught a dinosaur to ride a ball. A little bird, smaller than a grown man's fist, taught a beast several times its size to ride a ball. That bird is awesome.
Krillin being the only Z-fighter on the scene to actually keep his head and realize the androids would waste him, immediately. He gets the team back on their feet and plants the seed of Piccolo fusing with Kami in the most casual way.
And the fact that, once the androids state their intention to go off and kill Goku, he actually stands up to them. They completely disregard him as a threat, but it took guts to challenge them to begin with.
Just how ominous the end of episode 40 was. The tone completely shifts as we're about to be introduced to.... Cell.
No jokes, no snarky remarks or any wisecracks, they let you know the moment the tone shifts that the you know what is about to hit the fan the next episode.
Well, no jokes apart from Popo pointing out how creepy it is, anyway.
Similar to how Krillin seems to have grown a backbone this season, Yamcha actually spends all of Episode 41 graduating to the Deadpan Snarker level, noting the idiocy of Krillin's plan to move Goku to Kame House (literally the second place they'd look), and opining that Trunks' deployment of his time machine in the Capsule Corp ship reignited Goku's anguished screams. He never actually gets picked on this episode, either.
Chi Chi might be overbearing but teaching Gohan theoretical physics note though now it's regular physics so he can explain Trunks's time traveling predicament was pretty awesome. Next is cellular biology!
Cell's introduction at the end of episode 42 is scary and awesome.
Movies & Specials
The Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged episode gets a great one. See, throughout their entire run, they've either mocked or avoided the "Over Nine Thousand" meme; so it's pretty fulfilling to finally hear Lanipator yell that line out in his best Chris Sabat impersonation.
Christmas special. Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!
Piccolo takes care of Pepper in the Deadzone Abridged special.
Piccolo: How about I grab a couple of friends and try to murder you? Pepper: Well, personally, I feel that would be uncalled f-*punched across the room* Piccolo: You're right. Because, unlike you *ki blast coup de grace* I don't need help.
Just the fact that out of all of the abridged series out there except for his own, this is the only one LittleKuriboh, the creator of the Abridged Series genre, actually appears in. note He did cameo in Sailor Moon Abridged and None Piece, but this is the only series where he plays a recurring character.
Chris Ayres's Freeza sounds significantly different from Linda Young's, but interestingly enough, sounds VERY similar to LittleKuriboh's. And Little Kuriboh's first performance as Freeza in the Bardock special came out BEFORE Ayres's debut as Freeza in DBZ Kai. It's doubtful, due to lack of knowledge of recording schedules, but Maybe - just maybe - Chris Ayres was influenced by LittleKuriboh's Freeza voice.
The amount of attention KaiserNeko puts into each and every episode, shown in the episode breakdowns. He even fixes problems with the original episode.
The early episodes of the Incomplete Cell Saga is one of the darkest and most ominous in the entire Dragon Ball series. And Team Four Star managed to make the episodes leading up to Cell's arrival (ESPECIALLY Episode 42) both darkly hilarious AND extremely tense and unsettling. Show me another abridged series that matches the tension of its original series as well as these guys.