Awesome: Dragon Ball Z Abridged
For an Abridged Series
, Dragon Ball Z Abridged
still has its share of pretty awesome moments, as well as funny ones, as well at their Lets Plays.
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- Gohan finally tells Chichi off in episode 11. The word fuck coming out of a kid's mouth has never been so awesome. Well, since he told Goku to skullfuck Frieza.
- How about his Big Damn Heroes moment in saving Dende before he gets killed by Dodoria:
Breathe, Gohan. You're a leaf, a leaf in a calm stream. Gohan: F*CK THE STREAM!
- Episode 18, we have Krillin letting loose some pent-up aggression against Bulma. Of course, Bulma punches him for it, but still.
- The sheer audacity Vegeta had to stay in Freeza's ship, search for the Dragon Balls and throw them away before leaving.
- The scream from Episode 18, so powerful it went through time and space.
Gohan: Hey Krillin, you hear that?
Krillin: I feel that.
- In episode 19, when they first meet the Ginyu Force, Guldo attempts a ZA WARUDO on Krillin (read: dropping a steamroller on him) and Krillin shrugs it off without interrupting his ranting.
- Vegeta effortlessly dispatching Zarbon in episode 17 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.
- Goku leaving his spaceship Namek... to the tune of I Am A Real American!!!!
- Also hilarious, considering the fact that the whole episode was one long series of wrestling jokes.
- And of course, prior to this was Recoome (in this universe, a combination of The Rock and Hulk Hogan) No Selling Vegeta's attack ("The only thing Recoome sells is merchandise"), along with his Badass Boast.
- 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.
- Recoome's "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Vegeta, it's on target and actually shuts him up for a moment. Who said the art of the promo was dead?
- After an entire episode of the Ginyu Force destroying Team Three Star, Goku appears and decimates each of them in a few seconds.
- 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.
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
....just take the f[bleep
- 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.
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...
- Freeza's genuinely chilling entrance at the end of Episode 24:
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.
- 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?!
- 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.
- 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)
Kiss my ass bitch
, I'm immortal! Even though he isn't. Krillin:
*flying off* SUCK MY DIIIIIIICK!!!
- Also, Piccolo uppercutting Freeza while he's telling one of his sadistic jokes.
- Another from 25, 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, also in episode 25, single-handedly brought the "Krilled Owned Count" all the way up to 25, for 11 Ownings at once.
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.
- Gohan Calling the Old Man Out upon seeing it's Captain Ginyu in Goku's body.
- 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!
- 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!"
- Also from Episode 26, this gem from Freeza.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
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?
- 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?
Freeza: Ah ah ah! [aims finger at Goku's head] No lying.
- Popo assimilating Garlic Jr., complete with Bond One-Liner.
- 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.
- You know how much Goku cares about Krillin's safety? While wondering if Krillin died, he is able to think coherently.
- 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.
- 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...
Krillin: Does anyone else hear that?
Offscreen voice: ...minemineminemineminemine...
Yamcha: Yeah; it's getting closer.
Offscreen voice: MINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINEMINE
Tien: And it sounds an awful like like...
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.
- Krillin all but taking charge about moving Goku's location. Despite moving him to, what is literally the second place the Androids would look.
Krillin: Less lip, more ship.
- "Sorry Doc... just following orders."
- After seeing Vegeta's abuse of Future Trunks, it's extremely satisfying to see 18 break his arm.
- 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 (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.
- 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 so he can explain Trunks's time traveling predicament was pretty awesome. Next is cellular biology!
- Piccolo's rant to Kami in episode 42.
- 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 of episode 42 is scary and awesome.
- Piccolo tricking Cell into telling him his entire backstory by invoking Just Between You and Me.
- 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.
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.
- Android 16 standing up for himself and demanding they just fly to Kame House.
- 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.
- While there was no actual threat, Chichi was fully prepared to defend Goku from the Androids when she thought they'd arrived to kill him in episode 46, know doubt fully aware of just how much stronger they are than her. She really does care!
- This line, in response to Android 17's confusion to the term Kami in episode 46.
It means God. Now bow.
- 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?
: The hell do you mean "no"? (Looks around at the minefield now surrounding him)
Oh...ohhhh... ohhhhh shit.
- 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: Unlike Vegeta you can't prove it!
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!
- "THIS IS CHRISTMAS, MELON FARMER!"
- And "YOU NEVER WASTE FIGGY PUDDING!!"
- The Touch. Applied to Bardock.
- Ditto for "Dare" at the start of the special.
- Make a Man Out of You. Showcases some great singing skills, as well as some funny moments.
- In the Lord Slug special:
Goku: NOBODY RAPES CHRISTMAS! (proceeds to destroy Slug's men) And that's how I saved Christmas...again!
- It also makes this funny, as Goku, being the moron that he is, thinks it's Christmas.
- Also from the Lord Slug special, Piccolo's Big Damn Heroes moment, set to the tune of "Glass Shatters", the entrance music of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. With the glass shattering being provided by Piccolo throwing a Mook into a light.
- Piccolo channeling equal parts Bugs Bunny and his father and curbstomping one of the cliche minion characters while cracking jokes.
- In the DBZ Abridged movie Revenge of Cooler, Cooler Just... Cooler. Some standout moments include:
- Also from Revenge of Cooler, 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!"
- Bardock going Super Saiyan in Episode of Bardock.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Cooler 2, Piccolo's Terminator style Big Damn Heroes.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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?
- Compare how Gohan sounds as a kid to his Adult voice in "History of Trunks". Not even Goku as a kid developed a voice like that into adulthood, still sounding like a kid.
- Episode 30 part 1 debuted on June 17. Within five days, it got over two million hits. It's past 4 million after almost two weeks. Most of their videos have been up for years and not gotten that many.
- Episode 33, KaiserNeko's reading for Trunk 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.
- 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 Z 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.
- 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 for Dragonball Xenoverse!