Awesome / Dragon Ball Z Abridged

For an Abridged Series, Dragon Ball Z Abridged still has its share of pretty awesome moments.

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    Season 1 

Episode 2

  • Often overlooked, but even though Raditz is probably second on the Butt-Monkey scale next to Yamcha, he still manages to give Goku and Piccolo the fight of their life. And while Piccolo is charging his Makankōsappō / Special Beam Cannon, he actually has Goku on the ropes the entire time. He also tricks Goku into letting go of his tail twice as opposed to once like in canon.

Episode 3

  • Once Raditz died, King Yemma attempted to put him in his "patented Yemma Lock". However, unlike in canon where he was subdued, Raditz just kicked him in the balls and escaped.
    Raditz: (Has a halo on his head) He didn't keep his eye on the birdie!

Between Episodes

  • The "Make A Man Out of You" Music video is nothing more than awesome when you see everyone of the Z-Fighters training against the oncoming Saiyans.

Episode 8

Episode 9

Episode 10.

  • Goku vs. Vegeta. Oh, yeah. TFS made it look more awesome than the real fight. While making it funnier, too.
  • Then there's the Beam-O-War between Goku and Vegeta, just like the original. The first time Masako X says "Kamehameha" in Goku's voice is also inherently awesome. Also, this line:
    Vegeta: This is the end, Kakarot! You don't stand a chance! I've put all of my power into this attack! Now perish with the rest of your pathetic world!
    Goku: *clearly struggling* Kaio-Ken...
    Vegeta: ... Noooo...
    Goku: Tiiiiiimes...!
    Vegeta: No, no, no...!
    Goku: FOOOOOOOOUUUUUR! *the blast overpowers Vegeta's Galick Gun*
    Vegeta: No, no. no, no, no no no no—*he gets blasted into the sky*—FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

    Season 2 

Episode 11

  • Gohan finally tells Chi-Chi off. The word fuck coming out of a kid's mouth has never been so awesome. Well, since he told Nappa he was going to skullfuck him.

Episode 14

  • How about Gohan's Big Damn Heroes moment in saving Dende before he gets killed by Dodoria?:
    Krillin: Breathe, Gohan. You're a leaf, a leaf in a calm stream!
    Gohan: F*CK THE STREAM!

Episode 17

  • The sheer audacity Vegeta had to stay in Freeza's ship, search for the Dragon Balls and throw them away before leaving.
    • And to add insult to injury, he left a note:
      Freeza: It just says "dear Freeza," and there's a picture of a butt.
  • Vegeta effortlessly dispatching Zarbon after all the grief he put him through. Especially his final words to Zarbon immediately before killing him:
    Vegeta: Now let me put this is a way you'll understand: I'm about to blow my load all over your insides.
    Zarbon: What the...?
    Vegeta: No homo. (Blasts Zarbon point blank through the stomach)

Episode 18

  • Krillin letting loose some pent-up aggression against Bulma. Of course, Bulma punches him for it, but still.
  • Followed by Gohan having the audacity to steal a Dragon Ball from Vegeta right as he stole one from Krillin and Bulma. The realization Vegeta has when he learns of this leads to The Scream, so powerful it went through time and space.
    Gohan: Hey Krillin, you hear that?
    Krillin: I feel that.

Episode 19

Episode 20

Episode 21

  • After an entire episode of the Ginyu Force destroying Team Three Star, Goku appears and decimates each of them in a few seconds.
    Recoome: That's IT! Recoome has had enough. Feel the strength of the Recoome ULTRA FIGHTING MIRACLE-
    Goku: SIR! *ELBOW JAB*
    (Recoome collapses.)
    Goku: I will fight you in a minute.
  • STOP. Goku Time.
  • This line.
    Goku (without a hint of irony): Now, where are the fighters?

Episode 22

  • What was Bulma doing while Gohan and Krillin were out? KILLING CRABS! IN THE OCEAN!! KILL IT FAST, PAIN EXPLOSION!!! YEAH!

Episode 23

  • 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 this episode. 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.
  • Gohan Calling the Old Man Out upon seeing it's Captain Ginyu in Goku's body. (If anything he was saying was even remotely Goku's fault this time...)
  • 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)

Episode 24

  • Freeza's genuinely chilling entrance at the end
    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.
    • Earlier in the episode, there's his Badass Boast to Nail.
      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.
    • Freeza seethes with rage after finding out about Dende and Nail just reacts in the most deadpan manner possible.
      Nail: Yeah, if I had to guess your biggest mistake it would be not stopping him. That or the purple lipstick.
      Freeza: I WILL F(bleep)ING MURDER YOU!
      Nail: Whatever.
      • The above is made more awesome by the fact that Freeza tried to piss off Nail on the way over, only for Nail to get under his skin with one remark.
  • This Call-Back is an awesome moment for Gohan:
    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.
    Vegeta: ...I'M GONNA F[bleep]ING KILL YOU!
  • Super Kami Guru's crowning moment of jerkassery 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

  • There's 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 up 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 (and ineffectual) smackdown on Freeza after Freeza impales Krillin.
      "Gohan SMASH effeminate alien! GOHAN STRONGEST THERE IS!"
    • And Krillin has himself a Big Damn Heroes moment when Freeza's about to crush Gohan, throwing a Destructo Disk that slices off Freeza's tail.
      • That part was more awesome than in the actual series! (This seems to be a trend throughout the entire series)
        Freeza: Alright, who has the balls!?
        Krillin: Kiss my ass bitch, I'm immortal! (Note: he isn't.)
        Krillin: *flying off* SUCK MY DIIIIIIICK!!!
    • Also, Piccolo uppercutting Freeza while he's telling one of his sadistic jokes.
  • A Call-Back to episode 18, this time demonstrating just how powerful Freeza is.
    Gohan: Krillin, do you feel that!?
    Krillin: I taste that!
  • Freeza single-handedly brought the "Krilled Owned Count" all the way up to 25, for 11 Ownings at once.
    Freeza: One down. Ahh, I think impalement is my favorite way to kill a person.
    • Which is itself another one. This series can have the villain earnestly say that and still be a legitimate comedy.
  • While ultimately useless, there's something awesome about seeing Vegeta, Krillin and Gohan firing at Freeza with all they got, complete with a Badass order from Vegeta.
    Vegeta: Dust this bitch!

Episode 26

  • Dende takes out his aggression towards no one using his proper name (and Vegeta's casual slaughter of his people). On a mortally wounded Vegeta asking him for a heal.
    Vegeta: Oh no... do not be that guy right now...
    Dende: Oh, I'm going to be that guy right now.
    • "Nobody f*cks with the white mage." Nobody but Freeza, anyway.
  • Gohan pulls off another Badass Bookworm boast in episode 26:
    "Hey Freeza! The human body is composed of 70% water. I am 100% death! HAVE SOME!"
    Freeza: "Oh no, the invincible Lord Freeza defeated by a mere child! Oh what dramatic irony... just kidding!"
  • This gem.
    Freeza: I have a question for you though.
    Piccolo: What's that?
    Freeza: Die.
    Piccolo: ...That's... not a... questio- (gets cut off and spiked into the ground by Freeza'')
    Freeza: That's because I don't do requests.

Episode 27

  • Freeza utterly curb stomping Vegeta after a particularly egotistical Badass Boast.
    But before we part ways, Vegeta, let me tell you a tale. *whacks Vegeta with his tail* The end.
    • Which includes this:
      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 SAIYAUGH!
    Goku: (Gasp) Vegeta!
    Freeza: No, seriously, you have no idea how old that got.
  • After Goku insulted him without any malice, Freeza starts shooting an entire volley of beams at Goku. Who nonchalantly diverts each one of them without breaking a sweat, while still describing how ridiculous he thinks Freeza looks. When you consider that one of those beams is enough to kill Vegeta, that's quite impressive.
  • When Freeza shows how quick his attacks are now that he's in his Final Form, he fires a beam at Gohan. The only one quick enough to see the attack and react to it in time to save Gohan ... is Vegeta. Nobody else, not even Piccolo, could react fast enough.
  • 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.

Episode 28

  • 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.
    Freeza: Sending your friends off to fight me alone. How gutless.
    Goku: Wha- How is that gutless?
    Freeza: Because... suicide is the coward’s way out.
    Goku: (Bored) Can we fight now?
    Freeza: Sonaova- YES!
  • 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.
    • Which is immediately followed by the Kaio-What? gag finally getting subverted
      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.

Episode 29

  • King Kai, of all people, beats (almost) all of the Ginyu Force single-handedly (offscreen).
    King Kai: (after being insulted by all of them) Yeah, all of you can just go straight to hell.
    Recoome: Oh yeah? And who's gonna make Recoome?
    King Kai: *Smiles*
    Cuts to Hell's Bloody Pond with the Blue Ogre Goz singing and on a chair, and then all the Ginyu's crash land into the pond.
  • Freeza calling for God himself to strike him down, then surviving the result.
    Freeza: Ha! Nice try, jackass. Next time, give it your A-game.
  • Another right near the end. Namely, Freeza finally being serious.
    Freeza: By the way... Not dead. KTHXDIE.
  • 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?
    • This was followed up by Goku's Ironic Echo to Piccolo when asking him to buy time so he can charge the spirit bomb. Remember the fight with Raditz? Because Goku does.
    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, I'm sure you can handle it.
    Piccolo: 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 suggestion of a game of "20 Questions" is ice cold.
    Freeza: Alright then. First question: are you about to die?
    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?

Episode 30

  • Goku finally ascends to become the legendary Super Saiyan. Yes, it is just as epic as the original anime!
  • This exchange is particularly epic, if only for how it the stupidest and most badass thing in the history of all media:
    Goku: I'm going to break you.
    Freeza: What?
    Goku: Like a Kit Kat bar.
    Freeza: What?
    • Goku grabbing and crushing Freeza's hand. Unlike in canon, Freeza isn't able to break free from Goku's grip. He only gets free because Goku sends him flying.
  • 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.
    King Kai: Goku...
    Goku: Now hear me out, King Kai...
  • Goku's (somewhat botched) "I Am" Speech.
    Freez: What are you?
    Goaku: Can't you tell Freezer? It's just like Vegeta said.
    Freeza: No you f**king don't.
    Goku: I am the hope of the omniverse! I am the light bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger! I am the Alpha and the Amiga! I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am Son Goku, and I am a Super-
    [Freeza laser blasts his face]
    Goku: (leans forward unharmed and smiles) Saiyan.
  • Gohan's REALLY not in the mood for backtalk.
  • The Namekians finally turning on Guru, as he channels Capt. Rhodes.
  • Dende swiping Freeza's wish from under him, and taunting him as he's teleported to Earth.note 
    • To wit: He might be even ballsier then Nail!
      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]
    • Furthermore, unlike canon, Dende wasn't in on King Kai's plan. He just wanted to screw over Freeza.
  • Props to Goku for delivering what may be the best quip he's ever had while watching Freeza have a breakdown.
    Goku: Y'know, if it makes you feel any better, I'm not immortal either. And I'm okay with that.
    Freeza: *Incoherent furious growls*
    Goku: (*With the smuggest grin he's ever had*) Are you just mad cuz' Imma outlive you now?
    Freeza: (*Completely loses his composure and decks Goku*)
  • This Call-Back was equal parts awesome and funny.
    Goku: *while Freeza's gripping him from behind* KIDNEY SHOT! KIDNEYSHOT-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, the Ginyu Force, and Freeza is a huge accomplishment.

    Season 3 

Episode 31

Episode 32

  • 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?"

Episode 33

  • 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*
    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.*
    Trunks: Went through a dozen mannequins before I cinched that one.

Episode 34

  • 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.
  • You know how much Goku cares about Krillin's safety? While wondering if Krillin died, he is able to think coherently.

Episode 35

  • 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.
    • Also, be aware that no one knew where he was. If he wanted to, he could simply ignore the cries and claim ignorance later on, yet he still goes in anyway.

Episode 36

  • 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!
    • His one-liners during the fight are also awesome.
    Vegeta: [after kicking #19 in the belly so hard that you can see his foot through the android's back] "Well... Well... Well... Looks like I'm a size nineteen."
    • Vegeta's Kai theme song (Saiyan Blood) being played as he goes Super Saiyan.
    • His entrance into the scene. 19 is whooping everyone's asses, and it looks like he and Dr. Gero have won, and 19 is draining Goku's energy, and then very faintly in the distance...
      Offscreen voice:...Mineminemineminemineminemineminemineminemine...
      Krillin: Does anyone else hear that?
      Offscreen voice: ...minemineminemineminemine...
      Yamcha: Yeah; it's getting closer.
      Tien: And it sounds an awful like like...
      THWAM! Android 19 is knocked backwards by a fist belonging to...
      Vegeta: Mine.

Episode 37

Episode 38

Episode 39

  • 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 next was well deserved.
    • Then again, since the androids are trying to kill Goku, and Vegeta is trying to stop them (if only because he wants to do it himself), being called a cunt is the least 18 deserves. So it's also a CMOA on Vegeta's part.

Episode 40

  • 18's beatdown continues:
    Android 18: Hey so, who's got two broken arms and is a total bitch?
    Vegeta: You stupid bint, you only broke one of my--
    (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.
    Android 16: I would love to see your dinosaur
    Toriyama: *Chirps*
    Android 16: It does what?!
  • 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 (apart from Popo pointing out how creepy it is), 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.

Episode 41

  • 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.
    • Krillin all but taking charge about moving Goku's location. Despite moving him to Kame House, which is literally the second place the Androids would look.
      Krillin: Less lip, more ship.
    • Similar to how Krillin seems to have grown a backbone this season, Yamcha actually spends all of this episode 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  so he can explain Trunks's time traveling predicament was pretty awesome. Next is cellular biology!

Episode 42

  • Piccolo's rant to Kami.
    • Kami shutting him the hell up with a summation of what exactly Piccolo is asking of him.
    • Hell, the whole scene with those two. For such a silly series, Team Four Star is able to do the drama surprisingly well when they need to.
  • Cell's introduction at the end is scary and awesome.

Episode 43

  • Piccolo taking oh so much pleasure in surprising Cell with his new power.
    Cell: So Piccolo fused with Kami. So that’s a thing-(*Gets spinkicked in the back*)

    Cell: (*Thinking to himself while Piccolo is in front of him.*) He’s gonna kick me again isn’t he? (*Gets kicked in the face*)
  • Piccolo tricking Cell into telling him his entire backstory by invoking Just Between You and Me.

Episode 44

  • Tien in general throughout all of season 3 thus far. Almost every line of dialogue from him is a hilarious snark that serves to demolish Vegeta. And he knows he can get away with it.
    Krillin: Why do you antagonize him like that? You know he can kill you, right?
    Tien: At this point, it's a game. If he gives in, I win. And he knows that.
  • Few abridged series can be as close to the original's feeling. Most of them go in for cheap jokes and amusing satire. The ENTIRE last half of Episode 44 is dripping with nightmare fuel, making it possibly scarier than the original. The CMOA goes to Team Four Star for pulling off something so genuinely scary in the context of what amounts to a comedy series.

Episode 45

  • While there was no actual threat, Chi-Chi was fully prepared to defend Goku from the Androids when she thought they'd arrived to kill him in episode 46, no doubt fully aware of just how much stronger they are than her. She really does care!
  • Android 16 speaking up for himself and demanding they just fly to Kame House.

Episode 46

  • Popo shows a return to form by knocking Goku off the lookout after mispronouncing "hyperbolic" one too many times.
  • An easily overlooked one, but it turns out Mrs. Briefs wouldn't let her husband put a bomb in Bulma's chest. Considering their... relationship, this makes the list.
  • This line, in response to Android 17's confusion to the term Kami in episode 46.
    Piccolo: It means God. Now bow.
    (Ki blast)
  • And following that up, we're treated to the first appearance of the Hellzone Grenade.
    Android 17: Um, I stopped dodging! Seriously, are you even trying to hit me?
    Piccolo: No!
    Android 17: The hell do you mean "no"? (Looks around at the minefield now surrounding him) Oh...ohhhh... ohhhhh shit.
    Piccolo: Hellzone Grenade!
    Android 17: (Thinking) Oh man, it's even got a cool name!
  • Krillin continues his ascension to master Deadpan Snarker with the way he argues with Yamcha over who is the biggest Butt-Monkey.
    Yamcha: I've been stabbed and blown up, too. And dumped by the only girlfriend I ever had!
    Krillin: Same. But, you know the difference? When mine left, she took all my money. When yours left, she took all her money.
    Roshi: Gonna need a senzu for that one.
    • And then later we have this one
    Yamcha: Well, at least I slept with Bulma!
    Krillin: Yeah? Well,unlike Vegeta, you can't prove it!

Episode 47

  • While pointless Piccolo's Light Grenade attack seems to be powerful enough to make the normally smug Android 17 just to go "nope" and leg it.
  • Android 16 gets to be badass and takes over the fight against Cell. In particular, he makes a really good Pre-Ass-Kicking One-Liner when he prepares to fight Cell, after 17 points out 16's desire to only fight Goku.
    Android 16: Cell is composed of 10.78% of the DNA of Son Goku. These parameters... are acceptable.
  • There's an even more amazing moment after he's tossed Cell underground and is about to use his Arm Cannons to obliterate him.
    Cell: Now I see a light.
    Android 16: Walk towards it! [energy blast]
  • What instigates the fight counts, too. Cell is boasting that once he achieves perfection, he will kill everyone on the planet, including Goku. 16 does not take that well.
    Would you care to repeat that, you son of a bitch?! *punch*
  • Upon being told to wait, Tien finally snaps and flies away to join the battle.
  • Cell stabs Android 16 in the neck with his tail, gloating about how he's won the fight. When he tries to absorb 16, though?
    Cell: What're you made of, pure metal!?
    Android 16: *smirks* Affirmative. I am ANDROID 16.
    Cell: Oh... errors have been made.
  • And this:
  • Goku of all people successfully reasoning with Gohan to not go off on a suicidal attack on Cell to try and avenge Piccolo, a far cry from the original canon where he just punched Gohan to keep him from rushing off instead.
    Gohan: Mr. Piccolo would let me go!
    Goku: No, he wouldn't! And he's smarter than me!
    Gohan: I... uh... wow. Ok, that's... actually a good point.
  • 16's (sort of) Heel–Face Turn speech, which is powerful enough to convince even 17 and 18 to give up their plans of wreaking havoc across the world. Shows you that these three really do care about each other.
    • (Not killing Goku, though? Let's not get too crazy...)

Episode 48

  • Tien's annoyance of being overshadowed by androids, Namekians, Saiyans, and power levels reaches a breaking point.
    Cell: Come on, buddy! You can't be serious... With your power level!? You're no android... You're no Namekian... And you're certainly no Super Saiyan! You're just human...
    Tien: Yeah... well, you know what?! F**k power levels! F**k Super Saiyans! AND F**K YOU! SHIN! KIKOHO!!
    Cell: Oh, that's adorab-SHIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!
    • And then he rains Kikoho after Kikoho down on Cell, a being who is magnitudes more powerful than Goku, AND TIEN KEEPS HIM DOWN.
      • Of course, it's worth noting that this is exactly the same as in the original series. However, this abridged series version takes a scene that was already Tien's Crowning Moment of Awesome and manages to make it even better through a combination of Awesome Music ('Counterattack' from Shadow of the Colossus) and Gan Xingba's mind-blowing vocal performance! With every roar of "KI! KO! HO!!!" he convinces you that Tien is THE biggest badass in the entire series.
      • The entire scene is also awesome due to Word of God. They know this is the last hoorah for human characters in general in DBZ (or at least one of them) before they end up being Demoted to Extra due to Overshadowed by Awesome, and they had written the scene out a few years in advance so as to have them go out with a bang. Literally.
    • Shortly after the first blast he turns to 18 and gives her a very... exact order. She listens:
    Tien: YOU!
    18: *flat footed* Huh?
    18: *stammering quickly* Yeah okay!
    • Tien manages to make Semi-Perfect Cell, who just had no-sold 16's attack, actively pissed.
    • There's a point where he very deliberately lets Cell fly out of the crater his blasts created... just so he could smash him back down again!
    Cell: Are you done?! Because I'm coming out, and I swear to God if you do that again I am going to be so freaking nettled! *slowly flies out of hole*
    Tien: *quietly* Kikoho.
    Cell: OH DAMMIT! *crushed into another hole*
    • Finally, after expelling all his energy, he still has the strength to spit out another insult:
    • It should be noted that the previous time he used the Kikoho he could only do it once before it killed him, this time he does it more than 15 times, and still manages to survive!
    • Despite how incredibly angry and frustrated he is, even Cell is impressed with Tien's performance, especially that last line before he passes out.
  • Goku arrives to rescue a downed Piccolo and Tien, but leaves a rather surprising choice of parting words for Cell.
    Goku: Okay, I'm about done here. See ya tomorrow! Oh, and by the way, Cell... *camera zooms in on Goku's face* *Goku glares at Cell for a few seconds* You're gonna die. *teleports out*

Episode 49

  • Cell dismisses Vegeta and tells him to bring Goku, which pisses him off:
    Cell: Oh, what's wrong, prince, did I touch a nerve?
    Cell: Excuse me, but what—(Vegeta punches through his goddamn torso)
    • Plus, how similarly it plays to the scene of 18 breaking Vegeta's arm, showing he really is starting to have some character development despite his best efforts.
  • An understated moment of Calling the Old Man Out in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber, when Goku explains what their training regimen is going to be like.
    Goku: Also, we're gonna fight! A lot.
    Gohan: (depressed) ...I need an adult.
    Goku: I am an ad-
    Gohan: No. No, you are not.

Episode 50

  • Vegeta handing Cell his ass after his training, reducing what used to be walking talking Nightmare Fuel into a child throwing a tantrum.
    • He even gets in a pretty good shot how Cell could've been a threat if he actually trained instead of just eating people.
    • Though Cell rebounds at the end of the episode when he plays to Vegeta's ego and desire for a more entertaining fight into letting him absorb 18.
    • Also, Vegeta fires off some phenomenal one liners all throughout the fight, it's very clear he's having a disturbing amount of fun beating Cell senseless.
    Cell: How? HOW? How did you get this strong?!
    • Just like the last episode, Vegeta's development is highlighted by reversing an earlier dynamic where he was on the receiving end, in this case his fight with Freeza (especially made clear by reducing Cell to crying about wanting to reach his perfect form just like Vegeta became a Super Saiyan, and then interrupting it).

Episode 51

  • Trunks ki blasting Vegeta away after the latter decided to aid Cell just to feed his ego with something more challenging. After Vegeta's treatment of Trunks and overall behavior, this scene is brief but nothing short of satisfactory.
    Trunks: Oh that is it! I am stopping this now!
    Vegeta: Oh? What are you doing?
    Trunks: What am I doing?!
    Trunks: Thwarting your PLANS?!
    Vegeta: Are you?!
    Trunks: ...YOU KNOW WHAT?! YES!!
    Vegeta: ...Unfortunately, it's overshadowed by all this UNYIELDING RAGE!
    • Earlier, when Trunks first intervenes and stands in Cell's way:
    Vegeta: Boy, don't make me come up there and be a parent!
    Vegeta: Oh-ho-ho!
  • Trunks performing a You Shall Not Pass on Cell and doing what he can to prevent him from absorbing Android 18. Fails, due to factors out of his control, but did better than Piccolo or Tien.
    18: Y-Yeah, Okay...
  • Even if it is in vain, Krillin and Android 16 trying to protect 18 from Cell despite being outclassed earns a mention, especially Krillin. Even when he's helping his friends in battle against opponents he himself has no chance against, (which is all the time) he still shows reluctant fear. When Cell threatens 18?
    Krillin: You leave her alone OR I SWEAR I'LL-!!
    • While also an example of What the Hell, Hero?, Krillin destroying the detonator only after getting 16 and 18's promise to not kill anyone (except for "a Goku").
  • What does 18 do just as Cell is about to absorb her? She rushes him.
  • Perfect Cell does the "I taste that" bit with Freeza one better, as even Bulma can feel his power level, despite not being able to sense them.

Episode 52

  • Perfect Cell basically spends all of this episode beating the crap out of Vegeta and shooting down all his efforts to Trash Talk. He also throws Vegeta's line back to him.
    Cell: Because Prince, like a soon to be broken man once said: You're either perfect, or you're not me.
    • He also offers this Badass Boast before round 2 even begins.
    Vegeta: Now if you don't mind, it's time to turn your little coming out party into a funeral.
    Cell: Aaaaaaannnd time's up. Prince, while there's absolutely nothing I'd rather do than stand here and listen to you bluster at me until the heat-death of the universe, I literally have a million better things to do. So here's the deal: I want you to hit me as hard as you can.
    Vegeta: Oh, is that ri—
    Cell: Now hold on, you might have misheard me. Not "half as hard". Not some arbitrary percentage. I want you. To hit me. As hard. As. You. Can.
    Vegeta: And if I don't play along?
    Cell: Well, then I guess your father was right about you - (Vegeta kicks him in the neck) — oooh, consider that nerve touched!
    • Just before he knocks Vegeta out, he gives him this line to further shatter his pride.
    • To sum it up Perfect Cell utterly thrashes Vegeta; not only his body, but everything up to his pride. He doesn't even break a sweat and you can clearly see Cell isn't even throwing serious punches or kicks at all.
  • Vegeta's Final Flash attack, which not only causes Perfect Cell, who is MASSIVELY more powerful than Vegeta at this point, to show fear for the first time but annihilates half his body. Unfortunately Cell quickly turns it on its head with his regeneration ability. To make the moment even more awesome, the soundtrack switches to a cover of Bruce Falconer's fan favorite Super Saiyan Vegeta theme.
    • Hell, even Vegeta's response to Cell goading him make it clear that shit is about to go down before he even begins charging up.
      Perfect Cell: Buuut since I know you have trouble following directions, I'm going to give you one last chance. You, me, [hit me as] hard as you can. Are we clear?
      • Vegeta and Cell both get a Badass Boast before the blast as well.
      Cell: Ohoho! That's much better. I can actually feel that.
      Vegeta: In mere moments... all you'll be feeling... IS OBLIVION!!
      Cell: That, or disappointment. Go ahead... flip that coin.
  • Krillin chewing out Trunks for holding back his power for the sake of Vegeta's pride, resulting in 18's absorption and the world being put in serious jeopardy.
    • An even better one when its clear that Vegeta's losing.
    Krillin: Alright Trunks, you're out of excuses now. He's gonna kill your dad.
    Trunks: Y-you don't know that! He could just knock him unconscious and then I'll-!
  • One for Goku: Originally, Gohan asked Goku to fire at him to push into going Super Saiyan. Here, he came up with an actual plan to do this, using his knowledge of Gohan to put his son in a position where he'd have to transform.
    • Plus, the realization that across the entire series, the Running Gag of Gohan's inability to dodge has actually been building up to his trigger for going Super Saiyan.
    • For added, the music background of Gohan's realization is his theme from Dragon Ball Z Super Butouden 2. This song represents his calmess and at the same time his fury. Also, this song was used when Gohan saw Android 16 crushed by Cell, triggering his transformation to Super Saiyan 2.

Episode 53

Episode 54

  • The two of the biggest Butt Monkeys in DBZA both get burns against Vegeta and they both get off unscathed.
    • After seeing Trunks little freakout over Cell easily beating him, Vegeta calls him pathetic, and tells to find some honor in defeat.
      Krillin: View must be great from that glass house of yours...
    • And later when Vegeta is mocking Yamcha.
      Vegeta (sarcastically): Hello earthling, how's that gaping chest wound?
      Yamcha: Just fine... how's your spine?
    • Chi-Chi also gets in on the action.
      Chi-Chi: I'm a fighter too, you know? How do you think I landed the strongest man on the planet?
      Vegeta: Arguably.
      Chi-Chi: Do not make me come over there. I will rip your world a-f*cking-sunder.
      Vegeta: *grunts nervously, averts eyes*
      • Let's note. Vegeta is afraid of Chi-Chi. That's fucking awesome on Chi-Chi's part.
    • Even Mrs. Briefs gets a shot in... and Vegeta doesn't even seem to notice.
      Bulma: Where's my baby?
      Mrs. Briefs: You're holding him, darling.
      Bulma: No, the big baby.
      Mrs. Briefs: Well, Vegeta's right over there... across from Trunks.
    • Bulma too gets a shot in without even trying.
    Cell: Unless one of your champions can best me in one on one combat.
    Bulma: So Goku then.
    Vegeta: Shut up!
  • "Feel free to pray to your god, but spoilers... I won't be listening." A major Badass Boast by Cell.
  • For an off-screen moment, one of the towns Cell absorbed was Penguin Village. That means he had to have confronted, and possibly defeated, Arale! Keep in mind that this is the same girl who would go on to defeat a much stronger Vegeta several years later. And he apparently did all this in his Imperfect form.

Episode 55

  • Goku hopping on the Vegeta-mocking-train from last episode after coming out of the Hyperbolic Time chamber:
    Goku: Alright now Gohan. When you get out there, try not to brag.
    Gohan: About what?
    Goku: That's it, son. Don't slip just how much stronger we are. Otherwise Vegeta will be all "OH BUT MY PRIDE, GRR, I WISH I WERE A CARROT!"
    Gohan: That's not inaccurate.
  • Goku meets Perfect Cell in person well before their showdown, and tensions are high. But a subtle thing that happens is that Cell is not taken aback by Goku's...eccentric personality. Keep in mind that Vegeta and Freeza went unhinged because of the dumb stuff that came out of Goku's mind, and yet Cell is as cool and focused as ever. Extending on that, Cell perfectly understands Goku's train of thought. When he mentions stakes, he immediately knows Goku's excitement is over steaks, not stakes. And even after all of his innuendos go over Goku's head, he simply says he's going to miss him.
  • Vegeta calls Popo "Black Man" and is warned not to do so again, visibly unnerved by Popo's existence. This being Vegeta, he doesn't learn his lesson and says it again. Pecking order!

Episode 56

  • A minor example, but in the original series Goku needed King Kai's help to locate New Namek in order to teleport over there. Here, Goku figures out where New Namek is all on his own and teleports there and back with Dende now in tow within a matter of seconds.
  • Dende. Mouths off. Mr. Popo. The sheer balls of it actually seems to earn him some respect.
    Popo: Well I'm gonna call you Little Green.
    Dende: Your funeral.
    [Beat as Popo's face contorts into a smile]
    Popo: I like you.
  • Credits to Team Four Star for giving us a pretty professional animation for Android 16's backstory. Toriyama told us this information 20 years after his manga concluded, so there was no way this was ever going to be adapted by Toei Animation, but the fact they did with a great respect shows how much these guys care about the series.
  • A meta example for this episode: now we finally know how Chi-Chi managed to conceive not one, but two kids from Goku. Basically, she convinces him it's a challenge, Goku likes the challenge, and they keep at it for Dende knows how many times. Doubles in awesome since, due to Goku's intensity throughout the whole thing, we now also have an explanation for Goten being able to go Super Saiyan so easily in the next saga.
  • For a slightly hilarious awesome moment: the fact that Chi-Chi is having a week long nonstop fuckathon with a Super Saiyan and Goku is the one that gets too tired to continue. No wonder people are terrified of her, that stamina and endurance is inhuman.

Episode 57

  • When everyone arrives at the Cell Games arena, Cell is particularly venomous toward Tien. He hasn't forgotten the Kikoho incident... and Tien is more than happy to mock him about it.
    Kiko-how ya doin?
  • Jimmy Firecracker threatens to bitch slap Cell himself if no one else shows up to fight him. And he's just a Muggle.

Episode 58

  • Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Mr. Satan being able to get up after being sent flying by Cell is pretty impressive, especially since he must have hit that rock hill much harder than in canon. To put this into perspective, Mr. Satan has no special training, can't fly, or use Ki attacks. And he still wants another go as soon as he gets over his concussion. Not bad for a guy who's only strong by real world standards.
  • Unlike the rest of the Z Fighters, Gohan has no trouble at all keeping up with the fight between Goku and Cell. Even knowing they are warming up.
    • Like the original series, Goku and Cell get one for putting all the other Z-fighters to shame with their warm-up. Tien even remarks that for the clone technique, since it halves the power of each copy.
  • Team Four Star deserves some level of credit for turning the "We Are Number One" meme into an awesome soundtrack that actually fits Goku and Cell's fight.
  • When Vegeta talks smack to Tien, asking how many planets has he blown up, Tien smugly reminds him that unlike Vegeta, he's actually beaten Goku. Also, Tien shut down Vegeta's remark about blowing up planets by being proud he never blew up one (as any decent person would be), effectively curb-stomping him once again in their verbal sparring.
    • Tien is the only person so far to push the Goku Button without getting hit for it.

Episode 59

  • Even though he wasn't really trying to, Goku forfeiting his duel wound up getting under the skin of the unflappable Cell. Cell was literally born to have the "perfect" fight with Goku, and it's pretty much been his sole motive during the entire arc. Despite the horrifying implications of Goku sending his own son to fight an unstoppable monster, it's the first time that Cell truly doesn't get what he desires. His ensuing frustration is very satisfying to watch.
  • Goku massively fakes out everyone by acting like he's going to shoot a Kamehameha down into the Earth, only to teleport right below Cell at the last second. Cell is caught so off guard his Gohan DNA takes over for an "Oh CRAPBAAAAASKETS!!!"
    • Which may make one realize that if Cell has Gohan's DNA...maybe that just proved he doesn't know how to dodge so well. Foreshadowing, fridge brilliance, or just something really funny? You make the call!
    • For bonus points, this is one of the few times we've seen Goku both utilize cunning in a fight, and look well and truly pissed.
  • Goku gets yet another one for (unintentionally) calling out the many times he's been called a terrible father to Gohan, compared to Piccolo:
    Goku (to Piccolo, who's called him out for having Gohan fight Cell): He's been keeping pace with us since he was a baby. I mean, you should know. You kidnapped him.

    Movies & Specials 

Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged

  • 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.
  • Goku killing the entire Ginyu Force by accident.

Christmas special.

  • Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell ROCK THE DRAGON, DRAGON BALL Z!

Bardock: Father of Goku

  • The Touch. Applied to Bardock.
    • Ditto for "Dare" at the start of the special.
    • From the same special, Bardock beating up Dodoria's squad while his Leitmotif, Solid State Scouter, plays in the background.
  • Make a Man Out of You. Showcases some great singing skills, as well as some funny moments.

Lord Slug

  • Goku showing up
    Goku: NOBODY RAKES CHRISTMAS! (proceeds to destroy Slug's men) And that's how I saved Christmas...again!
  • When Gohan takes on Slug's mooks, they aren't backing down.
    Gohan: You can't touch me up here!
    Slug Mook: WE HAVE BLASTERS!
    Slug Mook: HOW ABOUT A HUNDRED?! (Sounds of Guns Cocking)
  • Piccolo channeling equal parts Bugs Bunny and his father and curbstomping one of the cliche minion characters while cracking jokes.

Revenge of Cooler

  • Cooler Just... Cooler. Some standout moments include:
  • Goku going Super Saiyan. He also says, in reference to the theme song CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA, "Go, Toriyama. And teach a dinosaur to ride a ball!"
    • Cooler blasts Super Saiyan Goku point blank and Goku shrugs it off like it didn't happen.
    • "Now get off my planet!"

Episode of Bardock

  • Bardock going Super Saiyan. And the trigger for his transformation was him finally figuring out he had been sent back in time and raging over how stupid and ridiculous this plot is.
    Bardock: *thinking* Wait, hold on! Now I remember what I was thinking about. They call themselves "Saiyans"... and the friggin' blasters... and Planet Vegeta... and his name is Chilled...! And...! And...! *out loud, to Chilled* Hey! You! What year is it?
    Chilled: 2222.
    Bardock: B.C. or A.D.?
    Chilled: The hell are those?
    Bardock: I'm in the f*cking past. OF ALL THE STUPID! ASININE! SHARK-JUMPING BULLSHIT!
    * Bardock screams to the heavens and turns Super Saiyan*
    • They managed to make the ensuing beatdown of Chilled even more epic by setting it to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
      • And the dialogue just beforehand and after is epic.
        Chilled: ...Please don't break my butt.
        Bardock: OK.
        Chilled: Truly?
        Bardock: No.
        ("Ode to Joy" cues up during said beatdown)
        Bardock: You mad bro?
        Chilled: A LITTLE, THANK YOU FOR ASKING! *throws Death Ball*
        Bardock: Then MAYBE YOU SHOULD CHILL! *throws energy sphere that grows into a Beam Spam, which dissolves Chilled's attack.*
        Chilled: I'M ALWAYS CHILLED!... oooh I get it Nooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww~ *blasted away into space*
    • Rather than the controversial canon take of Bardock bonding with the primitive Saiyans and becoming more heroic, he stays a Villain Protagonist the entire special.

Dead Zone

The Return of Cooler: The Reckoning

  • Piccolo's Terminator style Big Damn Heroes.
    • To elaborate on this more, Kaiser (who hates the film like you wouldn't believe) gripes about how Piccolo seemed to be weaker than Goku and Vegeta in the original film despite it being implied that he fused with Kami at that point, therefore he should be stronger than both of them. So thanks to Kaiser's edits, Piccolo wipes out an army of Meta-Coolers in a single blast.
    • Vegeta continues his trend of badass one liners, regardless of how horribly outclassed he may be:
      Cooler: Saiyan, hm? Forgive me, I was under the impression there was only one of you.
      Vegeta: Oh, trust me. There is only one of me.
      • Cooler gets an epic one right after:
      Cooler: Then my eyes must deceive me, because I believe I see two dead monkeys!
    • Despite Cooler's inattentiveness towards Vegeta, the latter's Badass Boast is worth noting.
    Vegeta: I am Vegeta, Prince of All Saiyans! Last of my royal blood, bringer of death, destroyer of worlds, and wrecker of your shit!
    • Krillin actually gets small one in. While Piccolo verbally tears into Cooler for basically doing the same thing Freeza did (razing Namek, returning as a cyborg for revenge), Krillin shouts "SHOTS FIRED!", which leads to Cooler immediately ordering his death. Seconds before getting smacked into a plateau, Krillin, in a distinctly non panicked tone, quips that Freeza did that too already.

History of Trunks

  • Special props to all of them for taking "History of Trunks", arguably one of the saddest of the DBZ specials, and making it funny!
    • While still maintaining the gravitas for the more emotional moments. Really, Team Four Star are one of the few abridging groups who can retain the feel and even the drama of the source material they work with while still keeping the whole thing a comedy, and they excel at it.
  • They turn a Tearjerker moment into a minor moment for Future Gohan.
    Gohan: You're right. What can I do with only one arm?
    Trunks: Thanks, Mr. Gohan! I promise I won't let you-
    Gohan: (knocks Trunks unconcious and lowers him to the ground) That! I can do that with one arm! (thinking) Now, what can I do to the cyborgs with one arm?
  • KaiserNeko's performance during the aftermath of Future Gohan's death as Trunks is spine-chilling, and not at ALL taken lightly. The screams in Dragon Ball normally fall in Narm territory, but here, you could FEEL Trunks' anguish, rage, pain, EVERYTHING, all culminated in his Super Saiyan transformation. It reminds us that it is not easy becoming a Super Saiyan. For this level of talent to go into an abridged series is truly amazing.

The World's Strongest

  • This one is very much a general crowning achievement in the editing and writing, considering they managed to change most of the plot in its entirety, including the ending, and went to extensive effort to make sure the changes blended almost seamlessly with the original footage. Team Four Star was also on record (going from the video breakdown of Cooler's Revenge) that they were looking forward to abridging this movie, especially since "Roshi got to be a badass one last time."

Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan

  • First few sentences confirm, via King Kai's words, that Beerus is indeed canon in the DBZ Abridged universe!
  • During the interview, it's mentioned that Gohan is at a 12th grade level. And it's implied Chi-Chi got him there! While still providing for him! Even though it hasn't had the best effect on Gohan so to speak, that's still really impressive.
  • When Goku goes around interrogating all the living villains (including Cell), he manages to scare Mercenary Tao into screaming like a little girl. This is the same man that, once upon a time, almost succeeded in killing Goku! And all Goku's doing is casually asking him if he destroyed South Galaxy. How the tables have turned, eh Tao?
  • Just like the example with Wheelo above, Paragus' Rant-Inducing Slight is chilling, complete with very good acting. Maybe it's just the music accompanying it...
  • Despite Team Four Star's often stated dislike of the character, they manage to make Broly's transformation into the Legendary Super Saiyan a moment befitting the title.
    Vegeta: I couldn't care less about any South Galaxies, or lack thereof. So if you're done wasting everyone's time, grab your friends, grab your shit, AND GO HOME, KAKAROT!
    * Broly nearly snaps*
    Paragus: Please do not say that again.
    Goku: It was "friends", wasn't it?
    Vegeta: I SAID SHUT IT, KAKAROT! *Broly screams out*
    Paragus: Please, stop saying that name!
    Trunks: Father, just call him "Goku"!
    Vegeta: And disrespect my heritage?! I will address him with the name given to him by the glorious Saiyan race! Kakarot, Kakarot...!
    Broly: KAKAROT!
    Vegeta: See? He's slow and he gets it.
    Paragus: I suggest we all run.
  • Goku's response to Broly boasting about his power level. Regardless of the fact that it's him saying it.
    Broly: Because my power... IS! MAXIMUM!!!
    Goku: (Unimpressed) ...Prove it.
  • To Goku's credit, he very quickly realizes and acknowledges how screwed they are against Broly and tries to get Gohan to go Super Saiyan 2 early. Gohan doesn't listen, but considering this is Goku we're talking about, this is really saying something.
  • Goku beating Broly with one punch (man). He asks the others to give him their energy. To his surprise, even Vegeta was willing to without putting up a fight because they were all sick of Broly.
  • Team Four Star has not been shy in their hatred of Broly, saying he represents the worst aspects of Dragonball. But they still made this episode, made it over half an hour long, got both comedy AND action out of the fight scenes, and through Vegeta voiced how dumb it was that a character as strong as Broly is literally driven by a crying infant- by far the dumbest motivation in the entire Dragon Ball franchise (and remember, this series once had a guy try to take over the world so he could be taller).
  • Related to the above, Broly gets several epic Badass Boasts, all of which he backs up by utterly decimating the Z-Warriors. His Curb-Stomp Battle with them gets to the point that they all start wishing they were fighting any of the other movie villains.
    • The first, after Broly's already proven just how strong he is.
      Goku Listen, Broly. I dont' want to tell you how to be the Legendary Super Sayian... But you're not supposed to start all out. You're supposed to start small and then work up to it.
      Broly: I am starting small.
      Goku: Oh... good for you. Holy crap.
    • Shortly after Piccolo arrives, which also counts as one for the crew for mocking DBZ's penchant for Ass Pulls.
      Piccolo: Goku, can we beat this guy?
      Goku: I don't know... I'm sure I'll pull something outta my butt.
    • The Z Warriors end up giving Broly ones by proxy before Broly rails off a truly awesome one.
      Piccolo: Let's see how you fare when it's four on one, monster!
      Broly: Monster? Broly is not a monster. Broly is... (thinking) dhurrr.
      Gohan: A genuine demon?
      Goku: A true freak?
      Broly: THE DEVIL.
      Vegeta: OH MY GOD, HE'S SO GOD. DAMN. COOL!
    • Broly's final exchange with Vegeta, awesome for doing what many people have failed to do: shut Vegeta up.
      Vegeta: You have been ignoring your king!
      Broly: What is a king to a god?
      Vegeta: And what is a god... TO A NONBELIEVER!? (turns Super Saiyan)
      (Broly oneshots Vegeta, cutting off his theme music in the process)
      Broly: Do you believe now?
      Vegeta: (weakly) Uh-huh... So cool.
  • Piccolo calling Vegeta out for having a Heroic B.S.O.D. over Broly being cool yet having an awful backstory while the rest of the Z-Warriors are getting curbstomped by Broly.
    Vegeta: He is a literal giant fucking baby!
    Piccolo: So kinda like what you're being then?
  • A series of unique offscreen awesome moments for Piccolo. He somehow heard Gohan call him, through space, arrived to save Gohan just in the nick of time by somehow acquiring his own spaceship, and he knows about Gohan's college application. He truly is Gohan's Dad.

Cell Vs.

  • The simple fact that Cell faces off against other Anime/Video-Game protagonists, namely their Abridged counterparts.
  • Yusuke and Kazuma show up to fight in the Cell Games, each giving a Badass Boast about their powers. Cell sends them running with the tidbit that he could destroy the planet with his finger.
  • Yami challenges Cell to a game of Duel Monsters after letting him read the rules. Cell proceeds to Rules Lawyer every move Yami tries to make until he Rage Quits. He beat the KING OF GAMES in HIS OWN GAME after learning the rule in 1 day.
  • Ryu and Ken Masters challenge Cell to one-on-one combat each. It ends as well as you might expect.
    • Ken is the first up, unleashing a full combo on Cell...whose health bar doesn't even drop a small bit. Ken only has time for a brief Oh, Crap! before Cell Shoryukens him into A Twinkle in the Sky.
    • Ryu ends up tapping into the power of the Satsui No Hado, becoming Evil Ryu, and both he and Cell shout out war cries as the former charges forward and unleashes the Raging Demon. The screen goes black, impact shots are seen flashing...and then the next shot is Evil Ryu on the ground unconscious while Cell stands over him, with the kanji for "perfect" glowing behind him and his back to the camera ala Akuma.
    • Just think for a moment on that last one. Cell manages to defend himself against the Raging Demon attack! Only two characters in Street Fighter lore have been able to defend themselves from that attack. Not only that, but from his expression, he was fighting completely clueless as to what was going on.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog challenges Cell to a race, to which he shows off that he's so fast he can appear in three places at once. He also swiped the Chaos Emeralds, causing Sonic to get an amazing Oh, Crap! expression and book it. Oh, and he just raps Knuckles on the head to put him down.
  • After having easily defeated or scared off most of his challengers, Cell is feeling pretty good about himself ... right up until Kenshiro shows up and subjects Cell to his Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken technique. At first, it seems Cell did a No-Sell to his attack, but if you know Kenshiro, you know what happens next.. Of course, he regenerates, but Kenshiro gets major points for being the first one to not only wound Perfect Cell, but also becoming the first person to actually piss him off and end the video not defeated. After Cell regenerates, now thoroughly enraged, you'd think he'd then curb-stomp Kenshiro as he has the others right? And then Cell explodes again...
    Cell: (After Kenshiro asked him if he could eat his severed arm) Sure, make it your last meal, because after that, you're dead!
    (Cell explodes, screaming in agony and splattering Ken with green blood.)
    • Hell, knowing Kenshiro, if he can predict Cell's regeneration abilities, he probably "programmed" his Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken to make Cell explode many, many times. Cell would be too busy exploding to even be able to retaliate by the time Kenshiro leaves!
  • Light Yagami naturally just whips out the Death Note. Except Cell has more than one heart. And Ryuk loves it.
  • Ash Ketchum arrives and challenges Cell to a Pokémon battle. Needless to say, he No Sells Squirtle and Charizard, while mixing it up with Duel Monsters.
    • The OTHER Ash also apparently gets in on the action in another universe, and Ash catches Cell in a Master Ball. Which is then sent to Professor Oak, mistaken for Celebi, and turned into the GS Ball. The mentally challenged 10 year old just beat Cell and unintentionally saved the Earth.
  • Deadpool deserves credit: he's the only one other than Kenshiro to humiliate Cell and get away with it. In fact, he actually managed to out-troll Cell just by being insanely annoying, working Cell up into a Tranquil Fury, then taking a call from the X-Men to help pacify Phoenix at her time of the month, but not before quickly coming back to cut Cell's head off just to get a final dig in. Also points for actually being fast enough to catch Cell off guard multiple times.

Plan to Eradicate Christmas

  • Bulma gets a particularly special one this time: while the boys were busy fighting the doubles of Frieza, Cooler, Slug and Turles to no avail, Bulma was taking samples of the pollution brought to the Earth by the machines; deducing it to be pure Naughtiness, she derives an antidote using samples of Baby Trunks' blood, then dispenses it in capsules to destroy the machines from the inside out, rendering the doubles vulnerable to complete destruction. Then she flew off to go after African drug lords. All in all, a nice way to send off Bulma, along with Hiromi Tsuru.
  • Team Four Star somehow found a way to have a plot involving both an irredeemable Bad Santa and the True Meaning of Christmas and it is laid out in one awesome "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
    Goku: You see Santa, Christmas isn't about the presents. It's not about the figgy pudding. Or the pretty lights, or the obnoxiously catchy music. And most of all, it's not about you!
    Piccolo: (Preparing the Special Beam Cannon) Goku's right! It's about the bonds that bring us together!
    Trunks: (Prepares Burning Attack) It's about friends!
    Gohan: (Prepares Masenko) And family!
    Vegeta: (Prepares Final Flash) And killing Santa!
    Goku: And that's the true meaning of Christmas!!
    • All set to the climax of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Carol of the Bells.
    • Goku actually undergoing Character Development in this OVA, regarding Christmas at least. While at first he was overjoyed at meeting Santa Claus, he had to come to grips that he had turned evil and came to a well thought conclusion on what doesn't make Christmas... that he of all people came up. And it wasn't even downplayed even his usual Malaproper tendencies. Not only that, but Piccolo, Trunks and Gohan agreed with him without any irony.
    • Watching how Freeza and Cooler interact together at long last. Every bit of sibling squabble that was hinted at from the first moment Cooler was introduced up until now... Is completely true. Every time these two trade words they are arguing about something and it's both parts funny and awesome all thanks due to the superb voice acting of their voice actors (LittleKuriboh and Christopher Guerrero "General-Ivan").
    • There's something awesome about Turles recognizing Vegeta.
    Oh my god, Prince Vegeta?

  • Episode 30 part 1 debuted on June 17, 2012. Within five days, it got over two million hits. It reached over 4 million after almost two weeks. Most of their videos have been up for years and not gotten that many. Currently it's at more than 12 million views.
  • Episode 33, KaiserNeko's reading for Trunks is just awesome. Seriously, you could place his lines in the original material and it would fit perfectly.
  • Christopher Sabat telling Takahata101 that he's jealous of Team Four Star.
    • Or how about the time Chris Sabat was starstruck when he met Masako X, the voice of Goku in the abridged series?
    • Also, Kyle Hebert voicing Santa in one of the specials. Now that's official recognition for you!
    • Along those lines, LittleKuriboh's voicing of Freeza. It sounds like Creepy Awesome and Wicked Cultured had a beautiful baby.
    • 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 
    • LittleKuriboh's Freeza voice has been complimented by Chris Ayres, the voice of Freeza in Dragon Ball Kai
    • 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 voice acting of all of TeamFourStar. They had quick Vocal Evolution and all do an incredible job on the voice acting.
  • 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 Imperfect 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.
  • Guest star Lee Rastus' voicing a Captain Ersatz Claptrap from Borderlands in Cooler 2, which was so convincing that many fans thought that Team Four Star had actually gotten Claptrap's voice actor.
    • Negated somewhat by another CMOA, Lee Rastus is a Pseudonym used by David Eddings, who is Claptrap's voice actor.
  • The team gets one for managing to condense the Namek Saga (notorious for Arc Fatigue) into 7 minutes for Kai Abridged 2.
  • Takahata101 becomes a Promoted Fanboy by lending his Abridged!Nappa voice as a male voice option (No.8) for Dragon Ball Xenoverse!
    • And now they're doing a playthrough of the game using his voice.
    • Lanipator (voice 15) and KaiserNeko (voice 13) join him for Dragonball Xenoverse 2, channeling Mr. Satan and Zarbon respectively.
  • In the 20th episode of the TFS podcast, Kaiser explains how much he really wanted to do Trunks' transformation scene right, despite the pressure it would bring. Kaiser's voice as he practiced that sorrowful scream practically turned hoarse at the end of it. To further add to it, Kaiser was sick throughout the whole thing. Props to Kaiser for giving the best and heart-rending performance despite the illness and voice turning hoarse.
  • Episode 52 featured two remixes of two fan favorite Bruce Faulconer's scores: Super Saiyan Vegeta's theme and Perfect Cell's theme. Kaiser has gone on record that he has a preference for the original Japanese Score, and these two themes are remixed in a way to better mesh with them. The final results are really good.
  • Similarly, Episode 53 has a battle-style remix of "Hikari no Willpower", Trunks' theme from some of the video games, during his fight with Cell, and it proves to be even more epic than the original version. Listen to it here.
  • IMDb rates Dragon Ball Z Abridged higher than the original series!
  • The Dragon Ball Super short featuring Goku and Black needs to be listed because MasakoX, much like Masako Nozawa herself, absolutely aced the part of Black, still sounding just enough like his rendition of Goku to be familiar but being deeper and more sinister to fit Black's speech perfectly.
    • Also, Goku manages to discombobulate Black by being an idiot.
    • Theres also Black giving a Badass Boast to Vegeta that rivals Cell's "Wait for Goku" line.
    Vegeta: are you so much stronger then me?!
    Black: Because Vegeta, a rose by any other name is still Goku. *stabs Vegeta*
    Trunks: Do you see it, Zamasu? The future… the future is burning blue! *Moeagare Toushi plays* ''This sword of mine glows with an awesome power! It's burning blade tells me to defeat you! *Attacks* TAKE THIS! MY LOVE! MY HOPE! AND ALL OF MY SORROW! SPIRIT SWORD! *Bisects Merged Zamasu in half*
  • Episode 54 includes Twitter culture in the Cell Games announcement with #CellGames, and Yamcha noting that it's already trending. An hour after the episode debuted, #CellGames trends on real life Twitter.
    • Plus another great remix, with Cell's theme starting off sounding like a music box before turning into something much darker.
    • And then the team released said remix for listening! Enjoy Cell Announces "The Cell Games"!
  • The fact that Whis gets adapted with a very similar voice to his English VA. Beerus also gets the same treatment.
  • The fans of the series themselves get an awesome moment in wit and humor. A lot of optional comedy can be enjoyed from the YouTube release of the Broly : The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged movie by selecting the English (Canada) CC option for some Fun with Subtitles. Doing so provides a hilarious Gag Sub full of snarky asides and silly labels. What makes this an awesome moment on the fans' part? The fact that the YouTube viewers alone wrote those Gag Sub jokes, not Team Four Star, yet TFS was so amused by it that they decided to retain the fanmade jokes by switching it from the standard English option to the English (Canada) option (since the standard English option needed to be a straight sub for the hearing impaired viewers).
    • Such is their popularity that the English (Canada) Gag Sub has become a staple of DBZA, as well as other abridged works that allow fan subs (such as Hellsing Ultimate Abridged and Fate Cero), and even original works like RWBY Chibi.
  • Episode 91 of Dragon Ball Super had Popo. Yes, OUR POPO, telling Vegeta that if he breaks the Time Chamber again. (Cue Evil Eye closeup) He's Banned. Toei actually took notes from DBZA!
    • They did that before with Goku going "Kaioh-ken!" and his opponents (Hit and Zamasu) going "what?" before getting hit.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Abridged