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DBZ Abridged: Tropes A to C
This page covers tropes in Dragon Ball Z Abridged.

Tropes A To C | Tropes D to K | Tropes L to R | Tropes S to Z | YMMV

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  • Achievements in Ignorance:
    • Goku, as he's dying, manages to give a Final Speech, even though...
    Krillin: Goku, you can't die! Here! I brought a senzu bean!
    Goku: I don't think that's gonna work.
    Krillin: Why not?
    Goku: I sort of have a hole in my esophagus.
    Krillin: Wait, then how are you breathing?
    Goku: *dies*
    • invokedGoku is able to obtain a muffin on his spaceship because he erroneously believes there's a muffin button.note 
    Dr. Briefs: ...Where did you get that muffin?
    Goku: Muffin button.
    Dr. Briefs: But I never installed a muffin button!
    Goku: Then where did I get this muffin...?
  • The mysterious muffin button also enables mind reading, somehow.
  • Also, the muffin button on Freeza's ship saves Goku from Namek's explosion.
  • Gero somehow put his brain into his android body. Not even he knows how did that.note 
  • Action Command: A Renegade Interrupt prompt appears onscreen just before Vegeta kills Recoome and Burter.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted. Freeza makes a Double Entendre pun while dishing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Nail. Nail begins to chuckle, and Freeza thinks that Actually Pretty Funny is in effect. Then Nail reveals that he's actually laughing because he suckered Freeza into spending an hour flying nowhere special and then beating up a hopelessly outclassed opponent while Dende was heading back to Krillin and Gohan to help them use the dragonballs. Freeza quickly stops laughing.
    • Later played darkly straight in Episode 30:
      Freeza: Come on now, give me something funny.
      Goku: You... killed my best friend!
      Freeza: Ha! That is pretty funny. Hilarious, actually.
  • Adaptation Distillation: They managed to summarize the Saiyan Saga in the space of 12 episodes of approximately 10 minutes each. Then they one-upped themselves and compressed those 120-odd minutes into 130 seconds.
    • The half-hour finale to season 2 was in itself 12 episodes of the show compressed. According to Lani, this was for the better because some of the episodes they included dragged at an unbelievable pace. They cut the events of one out entirely because oh how much it slows the plot down (when Gohan goes back and tries to fight Freeza).
    • The Garlic Jr. Saga is compressed into one episode, thanks to Mr. Popo.
      • And most of said episode deals with events utterly peripheral to the Garlic Jr. Saga. You could argue that they compress it into about 75 seconds.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Surprisingly, Kami's reluctance to fuse with Piccolo is given a great deal more development than in the original, and Kami's reservations are very sympathetic.
  • Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: Rather than the Death by Despair induced by his people dying, Abridged Guru dies because of an unrelated heart attack (he explicitly states he doesn't care about any of the other Namekians dying). In spite of this, Guru is still revived by the wish to bring everyone Freeza or his men killed. This could be explained as his heart spontaneously restarting, which is what lines like "actually dying this time" seem to indicate.
    • Goku's fight with Freeza takes a sudden and unexplained shift from them being evenly matched to Freeza effortlessly trouncing him due to Freeza powering up being skipped, the footage from Freeza powering up instead changing to Freeza being struck by lightning from God, and it does nothing to him.
      • Going from the pinball gag where Freeza enters his high score, it seems that he's already at half power, as the other scores match up with the characters' power levels at that point. Though it does open a new plot hole concerning why nobody mentioned their opponent suddenly getting several times more powerful.
    • In the source material, Present Trunks (but not Future Trunks) could easily become a Super Saiyan at a young age because he was conceived after Vegeta became a Super Saiyan. However, in this series, Vegeta gets Bulma pregnant before he becomes a Super Saiyan.
    • In the second episode, Goku calls Raditz by name, even though Raditz never shared his name when he introduced himself here.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Guru in the original was A Father to His Men and was very Too Good for This Sinful Earth. Here, he's a Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk who's arguably a worse monster than Freeza especially how he ordered his people to kill their Albino brethren in order to hide the fact he drank the water supply.
    • Do we even want to go into how Popo's scarier than the original?
    Popo: Hi.
    • The Bad Future versions of Android 17 and 18 were already some of the darkest villains in the original anime, but here they go even further, rivaling Freeza in terms of horrifying evil.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Popo goes from a genial nice guy to the most terrifying thing in the universe. Guru goes from a wise and benevolent leader to a genocidal Cloudcuckoo Lander.
  • A Death in the Limelight: A sort of common pattern in the Namek Arc; whenever a character is going to die in the episode, they read the disclaimer. Otherwise, it's a character that gets the focus (usually Vegeta). Made painfully obvious in episode 29.
    Krillin: "The following is a non-profit, fan-based parody. Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT are all owned by Funimation, Toei Animation, Fuji Tv and Akira Toriyama. Please support the official release." Phew. Alright, how was that?
    Voice Director: That was perfect Krillin. Eh... don't worry about your check. We'll send it to your next of kin.
    Krillin: ...what?
    • Also common afterwards if there is a death; Freeza and King Cold both read the disclaimer for episode 33.
    • Later Yamcha:
      Yamcha: The following is a—oh wait, ah, I-I did this last time, didn't I? What-what's going on? [...] I have a bad feeling about this...
  • A Date with Rosie Palms:
    • In Episode 12, Krillin has to go a month with Bulma walking around in her underwear and no "alone time" because the toilet keeps yelling at him. He is finally able to relieve that tension in Episode 13.
      Bulma: It's everywhere!
    • In the beginning of Episode 20, Burter, Jeice, and Recoome briefly talk about the last time they felt the urge.
    • In Episode 22, Ginyu makes it into a Brick Joke.
  • Affectionate Parody: Naturally.
  • Affably Evil:
    • Nappa:
      Nappa: (looking at Tenshinhan getting pissed that Nappa just killed his friends) Oh Vegeta, I think I made him mad. Should I talk to him about it? The first step to solving your problems is healthy communication. (Tenshinhan tries to punch him) That was very rude. I was talking to VEGETA! (beats the crap out of Tenshinhan)
    • The Ginyu Force, with a special mention to the extremely polite Captain Ginyu.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: From Episode 21: Seizure Procedure
  • A God Am I: Kami in the Garlic Jr. (Aborted) Arc.
    Kami: Oh my ME!
    • Then there is this exchange between King Kai and Kami:
      King Kai: Are you questioning God?
      Kami: Are YOU?
    • And, not to be outdone, Guru does this upon hearing that Kami is referring to himself as God.
      Guru: I shall henceforth be known as Super Kami. No wait... Super Kami Guru.
    • It's subtle, but in Revenge of Cooler, he gives this line:
      Piccolo: Oh yeah? Who's he?
      Cooler: That's "He" with a capital "H", by the way.
    • Later on it becomes apparent that Vegeta's ego has swollen to gargantuan size when he learns that Piccolo has fused with Kami:
    Vegeta: The f***'s a Kami?
    Krillin: Basically, God.
    Vegeta: BUT I'M STILL HERE!
    Trunks: Do you really believe your own hype that much?
    Vegeta: I AM THE HYPE!
  • A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: King Kai tries to telepathically link with Mr Popo. Bad move.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Defied. It seems like Vegeta might incur this in episode 28, but quickly admits he'd still be evil even if Freeza had not enslaved his race.
    Vegeta: (to Goku) If this situation were reversed, this conversation would never have happened. You'd be dead, and I'd be laughing. Ahaha-ah, it hurts to laugh.
  • Aliens Speaking English:
    Nail: <I see we must speak the universal language>: English.
  • Aliens Steal Cable: Apparently they don't even need to.
    Vegeta: (to Gohan) Oh well, if it isn't Moe Howard.
    Gohan: How do you even—
    Vegata: Space Hulu.
    Gohan: Figures.
  • All Just a Dream:
  • All There in the Manual: The official Saiyan Handbook, brought out whenever the concept of Saiyans getting stronger after injuries has to be explained.
    Jeice: Let's see, full moon, lose your tail, stronger every time you... oh. Well, I'm right f**ked, aren't I?
  • All Up To You:
    Krillin: (taking Spirit Bomb) Holy crap, so this is what being important feels like!
    • A dying Vegeta to Goku:
    Vegeta: You... are the last remaining Saiyan. beat Oh God, you're the last remaining Saiyan. *dies*
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe, just as in many other abridged series.
    • While most of the characters are just exaggerated versions of their normal selves, Mr. Popo has been turned into the most terrifying and/or freaking awesome creature in existence.
    • Nappa as a Psychopathic Manchild.
    • Lord Guru is a senile, bloodthirsty despot. It gets even better with an alternate interpretation of Abridged Guru, after he gives Nail a false Rousing Speech. He knew Nail was going to die. Why not give him some hope of coming out of it alive?
    • Toolo (that surviving Kanassian Alien from from Bardock: The Father of Goku), who is oblivious to the fact his people are destroyed, probably because he couldn't tell the difference between his visions and the present moment anymore.
    • Freeza gives us one that explains a little too much: The Namekians are space rednecks.
    • Guldo trying to be nice to Vegeta in the past is quite the opposite of their encounter in the source material.
    • In the main series, Ginyu cares very little about his men and even plans to replace them with Freeza's mooks before even finding out if they've succeeded in their mission or not. Here, he's undoubtedly loyal to Freeza and while firm with discipline, he and the rest of the force have a mutual respect for each other... except for Guldo.
    • Jeice's voice actor in the FUNimation/Saban dub (using Ocean Studios) gave Jeice something of a Liverpudlian accent. Chris Sabat at FUNimation took that and turned it into an outrageously exaggerated Aussie twang instead. TFS beats it into the ground and pisses on it for good measure by turning Jeice into a full-on overly-jingoistic Larrikin.
    • The Androids are somewhat different from the original series; while the androids from Trunks' timeline are even more malicious, the main timeline's 17 and 18 are more playful and impulsive, acting out of sheer boredom; 16 is a fully stereotypical robot which is somehow even more sensitive and vocal than the original.
    • King Kai is a lot less patient and is willing to kick some Ginyu butt if necessary.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Try searching for YouTube videos of Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills and count the number of comments from people who initially believed that this show made it up.
    • Yamcha's "Cat Loves Food" song was actually in the Funimation dub, a non-sequitur joke so bizarre that TFS just took it and ran with it.
  • Always Someone Better: This has been at play since his introduction, but Episodes 30 and 31 clearly establish that Mr. Popo is the biggest fish in the Dragon Ball Z Abridged universe.
    • The Revenge Of Cooler movie ends with the song "Always Someone Cooler Than You."
  • Ambiguously Gay: Zarbon, very much so. At least until we find out he has a girlfriend.
    Freeza: Come again?
    • Played for Laughs with Vegeta, where Vegeta asks if Zarbon did anything to him while he was asleep. Zarbon replies disgusted, which at first Vegeta is happy about, but then a second later he feels annoyed and demands to know why Zarbon was disgusted. Zarbon then says "This conversation is beginning to sound REALLY gay... not that there's anything wrong with being gay."
    • Freeza is fairly certain that Zarbon's girlfriend is actually named "Chuck".
  • Ambiguous Syntax: When Trunks and Krillin, and Tien and Piccolo pair off, they each mention they are going after Cell lacking the modifier of which Cell they are aiming for. It leads them to repeating nearly the same line each time.
  • Amusing Injuries: All over the place.
    Goku: AUGH, spine! AUGH, RIBS! Definitely ribs!
    • Whenever Goku is being crushed in a giant villain's hands, he squeaks like a squeaky dog toy. It is amazing.
      "Why does everyone laugh when they do that? That's my ribs crushing my lungs!"
    • This also applies to when Freeza grabs Goku from behind, eliciting a single squeak and an exclamation of, "Bad touch!" before Goku then pummels Freeza in a spoof of when Freeza was tenderizing Vegeta's kidney.
    • And of course, the most amusing injury of the entire series.
  • An Ass-Kicking Christmas: The Christmas Tree of Might.
  • And Call Him George: Nappa and the Rancor.
  • Angrish: Nappa drives Vegeta into a truckload of this.
    • During his fight with Vegeta, Goku took Nappa's place.
    • In Episode 18, Vegeta is driven to a very immense rage. His scream is so loud, it covers the planet, reaches into space, breaches the barrier between life and death, and travels through time so Future Trunks can hear it. He then goes into a minute-long incoherent "conversation" with Krillin.
      Vegeta: I am here for it... Dragonball... I need that Dragonball... Give it to me... One you took... Need my wish... SHUT UP GHOST OF NAPPA! I'M NOT CRAZY! YOU'RE CRAZY! ESPECIALLY YOU, NAPPA! Now, Dragonball. Hand now please.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Dende to Gohan.
  • Animation Bump/Art Evolution: Starting with the Android Saga, a lot more edits to the original footage were made. Including, but not limited to, adding eye movements; changing scenes due to altered continuity; the addition and/or removal of characters (or poses) to scenes, and even fixing errors that were present in the original footage.
  • Answers to the Name of God:
    • Kami to King Kai and King Kai to Kami since they are both kamis.
    • Kami, to Goku, in "Dead Zone Abridged". Since Kami is literally the God of Earth, it's not blasphemous:
      Kami: Listen, Goku. Just go after your son. I'll handle Garlic Jr.
      Goku: Thank God.
      Kami: You're welcome.
  • Anticlimax: The ending of episode 31, intentionally.
  • Anti-Humor: The "It's Over 9000" meme is intentionally and noticeably avoided.
    • That is, until the Abridged version of the Abridged version. Vegeta screams the meme, and then has a brief shouting match with Nappa before killing him.
  • Appeal to Obscurity
    Vegeta: Now to crush you like an Arlian.
    Goku: A what?
    Vegeta: Exactly.
    • And in Episode 24:
      Freeza: Tell me. Have you ever heard of planet Vegeta?
      Nail: N-no?
      Freeza: Funny. Because that's exactly what I expect the next person will say when I ask them about Namek!
  • Arc Fatigue: Lampshaded In-Universe in Episode 24, where Krillin randomly is surprised at the fact that they're still on Namek. He also gives the fourth wall a nudge by noting that it feels like it's been a year since they got there, which is how long it's taken to do Episodes 13-24. (For the curious, the events in those episodes take place over six days.)
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?:
    Vegeta: That...reminds me. Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious?
    Zarbon: (affronted): Did— Did I what?
    Vegeta: Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious?
    Zarbon: What? No! God, no!
    Vegeta: Oh, thank God! I j— wait, what do you mean by that? Am I not good enough for you?
    • Bulma's nightmare about Vegeta seems to be setting this up.
  • Are We There Yet?: Nappa to Vegeta during their flight to Earth. Their year-long flight.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Whenever he pisses her off sufficiently, Bulma will slap Krillin. He will always feel pain, even though at his strength he shouldn't be able to feel it at all.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When 17 and 18 see Gero turned himself into an android they ask him how he did it. He says he took out his brain and put it in the machine body. When asked how he did 'that', Gero is rendered speechless and wonders himself.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: King Yemma describing his desk:
    King Yemma: And not just any mahogany! But mahogany from the planet Malchior 7! Where the trees are 300 feet tall and BREATHE FIRE! From these trees this desk was forged 2000 years ago using ANCIENT BLOOD RITUALS OF THE MALCHIOR PEOPLE! Not only does this make my desk NIGH INDESTRUCTIBLE, but it can BEND THE FABRIC OF THE UNIVERSE ITSELF! [beat] ...Also it's a very fine material. Very expensive.
    Kami: O...kay.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Freeza to a Namekian elder in Episode 14.
    Elder: What do you want from us? Why are you slaughtering our people?
    Freeza: Well you see, I was just in the area and I thought this would be a delightful place for a summer home what the *BEEP* do you think I'm here for?
    Elder: ...Our trees?
    Freeza: ...Zarbon, two or three more.
  • A-Team Firing / Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: "Damn man, you couldn't hit the broad side of a space-barn!"
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Vegeta is rather prone to it. He once hurt Piccolo's ears when Piccolo was on the other side of the planet at the time, though Piccolo does have super-hearing.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Goku, Nappa, and Guru do this a lot.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: A simultaneously humorous and chilling example as Mr. Popo's explains the "pecking order" to the Z-Fighters receiving training: You - The Dirt - The Worms Inside of the Dirt - Popo's Stool (shown as a black box with the word "Censored" stamped across it) - Kami - Popo. A confirmation is even presented after Mr. Popo knocks Krillin off Kami's Lookout (increasing his "Owned Count") after asking a question out of turn, despite asking if anyone had any.
  • Ax-Crazy:
    • Chi-Chi's violent outbursts are feared by Krillin.
    • Also Guru. "Kill it like the rest."

  • Back from the Dead: Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Tien, Yamcha, Chaotzu, Krillin, and all the Namekians, except for the ones from the village Vegeta killed on Namek. Since they wished back the ones killed by Freeza and his men, and Vegeta wasn't one of Freeza's men anymore, those Namekians are still dead.
    • And in another change from the original series, Nappa is revealed to be alive in The Stinger of Episode 30 (Part 3), since Vegeta was still working for Freeza at the time he killed Nappa.
  • Bacon Addiction: Goku takes his very seriously. So much that, instead of a heart virus, Future Goku dies from...
    Future Trunks: High cholesterol.
    Goku: From what?!
    Future Trunks: According to the coroner, too much bacon.
    Super Goku: You take that back.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Freeza considers his minions extremely expendable (see We Have Reserves below), doesn't pay them, and casually kills them off to intimidate his other soldiers and to end awkward conversations.
    • There's also Super Kami Guru. Though his worst phase seems to be over, these days he settles for being a Cloud Cuckoo Lander Jerkass.
      • It's revealed in Lord Slug Abridged that much like Kami and Piccolo, Guru and Slug split from the same Namekian, and that Guru is the evil one.
  • Badass: Goku manages to be an even bigger one in the Abridged series than in the main continuity, due to his fights being radically cut down in time and his vapid, air headed demeanor making his badassery come across as anywhere from effortless to accidental.
  • Badass Boast: Played with a lot, given the prevalence in the source material:
    • Piccolo:
      Piccolo: Yeah. That's right. I can take anything you can dish ou-oh God there go my organs.
    • Vegeta's is a rather unusual case. He manages to make a Badass Boast to Cui about how he got destroyed on Earth.
    • Recoome delivers an absolutely epic one in Episode 20.
      Recoome: Vegeta! You think that just because you're the Prince of all Saiyans, you're the best there is at what you do, but let Recoome tell ya somethin', brother, you ain't no Wolverine, and you ain't got what it takes to step up to a FIVE-TIME CHAMPION! You see, Vegeta, you sit there and brag about how the Saiyans are the mightiest warriors in the universe, how they're the most ruthless, but look where they are now...DEAD! You talk about your legends, your warrior race, and your pride, but that doesn't mean a damn thing to this man! BECAUSE THE NAME'S RECOOME, AND IT RHYMES WITH DOOM, AND YOU'RE GONNA BE HURTIN', ALL TOO SOON!
    • Freeza derails a Namekian by keeping a running tally of how many times he's heard a particular Badass Boast. The Namekian tries to utter an original phrase, but Freeza has already heard "We're going to fuck your face!" twelve times. Admittedly, it was less common than "We're here to stop this senseless slaughter of our people" (92), "Now you're going to pay" (355), "We are the ones who will stop you" (419), or even "You insane bastard" (190).
      • Later, Goku delivers a boast even Freeza hasn't heard before.
        Goku: Soooo, are you that Freezer Guy?
        Freeza: I am Lord Freeza, yes.
        Goku: Awesome! Imma deck ya in the shnoz!
        Freeza: I...I'm sorry. That's a new one!
    • Subverted again twice in Episode 25, as Vegeta already knew Freeza could transform and cuts him off, while Freeza grows increasingly exasperated with Vegeta's speeches about the Super Saiyan.
    • Gohan gets one in Episode 26 before taking on Form 3 Freeza.
      Gohan: Hey Freeza! The human body is composed of 75% water! I am 100% DEATH! HAVE SOME!
    • Even Freeza gets one in Episode 28.
      Freeza: You know what the difference between you and I is? You can punch a board and it will break in half. I can punch a board and wipe out its entire race.
    • Super Saiyan Goku gets one in episode 30.
      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.note  I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am Son Goku! And I am a Super-*smugly takes Freeza's attack to the face unharmed* ...Saiyan.
    • When presented with the whole "five minutes" thing:
      Goku: Oh, well, then I'll have to kill you in four.
    • Future Trunks delivers a good one when Freeza dismisses him as a mere distraction until the Super Saiyan shows up.
      Future Trunks: Oh, well. If you're looking for a Super Saiyan...I can fill the part.
    • Vegeta explains how he became a Super Saiyan in episode 36.
      Super Vegeta: Besides, my heart is pure... pure, unadulterated badass.
  • Badass Creed: The Ginyu Force:
    Burter: Speed of light and strength of all
    Recoome: The Ginyu Force shall make them fall!
    Jeice: We're King Cold's army's strongest force
    Guldo: We'll beat them all, secure the course!
    Ginyu: If trouble meets us as we pass
  • Badass Decay: Mentioned by King Yemma while mentioning future plot events. invoked
    King Yemma: I'm the closest thing to a god in this show! Until you get to the Kais... then I'll be horribly insignificant.
  • Bad Liar: Gohan, when facing Vegeta about the Dragon Radar.
  • Bad News, Irrelevant News: Nappa uses this in Bardock: The Father of Goku Abridged to a young Vegeta.
    Nappa: "Well, I've got good news and bad news. The bad news is, reports say our entire planet has been destroyed by a gigantic meteorite, along with all its inhabitants. [...] Aaaaaaand your father [...] But the good news is, we're going to DAIRY QUEEN!!"
  • Bad To The Bone: Alluded to but never implemented in Episode 5 when Vegeta tells the Arlian king, "I'm about to rock a hurricane" in reference to the projectile Chunky Updraft.
    • Used again by Vegeta by in the stinger for episode 27, complete with the music... till Freeza stops it dead in its tracks, prompting the comment he should've known it was just a one-hit wonder.
  • Beard of Evil: Parodied in the Christmas special, as Goku realizes that Turles was his Evil Counterpart, he noticed that he didn't have one of these. So he imagined one.
    Goku: So evil!
  • Beat: Excessively used to increase the hilarity in any given scene.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Episode 5, Nail feels that his current life on Namek is dull and hopes that something exciting happens soon, not caring what it is. Then came Freeza...
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: In Episode 25.
    Gohan: I... you... healed me.
    Dende: You are the only one I respect.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Nail puts up with a lot from Super Kami Guru.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: The moment leading up to Vegeta and Bulma having sex goes from arguing, to insulting, to the two of them simply yelling "Fuck you!" at one another, to Bulma saying "My room, ten minutes."
  • Berserk Button:
    • Gohan's gets triggered multiple times, especially after Piccolo dies.
    • Nappa after getting slashed by Krillin's Destructo Disk. His precious modeling career!
    • Krillin snaps after Piccolo calls him a meat-shield. This was when he defeated three of the Saibamen through a Limit Break, although nobody cares.
    • With each subsequent failure, Freeza loses more and more of his composure, so the heroes thwarting his plans again and again could be considered one long, drawn out, Berserk Button.
    • Vegeta's Berserk Button gets jammed once he realizes that Gohan stole his Dragon Ball.
    • Goku has some rather silly ones, mostly related to food and Christmas.
    • Burter is rather sensitive about his status as "the fastest in the universe".
    • King Kai and the pronunciation of his Signature Move, the "Kaioken".
    • Tenshinhan is not fond of weeaboos.
    • Lord Slug hates being compared to King Piccolo.
    • And Cooler hates being compared to his brother.
    • Addressing Vegeta's insecurity about Goku being stronger. As Krillin says to Trunks: "You pushed the Goku button. You shouldn't have did that."
  • Better by a Different Name: Done in-universe by Vegeta.
    "I liked that show (Bleach) better when it was called YuYu Hakusho, and I liked that show better when it was called Dragon Ball Z!"
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Gohan. As if it wasn't obvious enough in the actual series.
  • Bigger Bad: While Vegeta was the Big Bad of Season 1, Team Four Star made it pretty clear that Freeza was lurking around the corner. And during the Ginyu Saga of Season 2, Cooler and King Cold's names were thrown around.
  • Big "NO!": This is practically Vegeta's Catch Phrase.
    • One of the outtakes has Vegeta yelling various levels of Big "NO!" in response to Nappa asking "Are We There Yet?" once.
    • And Krillin when he hears that they have to face the Saiyans a second time.
    • Nappa does this on the bug planet after he kills a giant bug that he wanted to keep as a pet.
    • Nappa does a particularly hilarious one when Vegeta kills Vegeta Jr.
    • Aquaman does this after Nappa's "Best Day Ever".
    • Gohan does this after Piccolo was killed the first time by Nappa in episode 9
    • And Gohan when Piccolo was killed by Freeza in chapter 29.
    • Yamcha does this when he hears that Goku is killed in Namek's explosion in #30.
    • And of course, Vegeta's epic, despair-filled Big "NO!" upon learning that he's being haunted by Ghost Nappa.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Piccolo, while channeling "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in Lord Slug. Mostly yelled at Gohan.
    • Also Vegeta when Dodoria tells him she's a woman.
  • Bilingual Bonus
    • The Toilet in Kami's Spaceship. It spoke Japanese (saying "there is a toilet") when Dr. Briefs tried to fix it, but it was set to a "language he didn't know." Later, when Krillin tries to use it twice, the toilet speaks in German.
      Dr. Briefs: Damn moonspeak!
      • The toilet speaks three times in German. It says, "I'm filled with pisswater!", "Shit in my face!", and "No!" The last one is briefly heard before being destroyed.
    • Apparently, all Namekians are fluent in Klingon.
      • And the title card at the end of season one was "PLTLH (finished)".
    • Episode 21's opening theme ends with the standard sponsor message found in Japanese TV shows.
    • In Episode 40, when 16 is scanning Krillin, there is a string of binary code at the bottom beside a picture of Goku with "Terminate" written over it. The binary reads "KILL SON GOKU. FEED BIRDS."
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: References to it are added to Freeza's soldiers for comedy.
    • Also to Namekians, but specifically Piccolo.
      Freeza: And now, for your other glubok!
      Piccolo: You're not really familiar with our anatomy, are you?
      • A callback in Episode 29, while Freeza is demolishing Piccolo in combat:
        Piccolo: "No, no, no— *snap* Oh god, my glubok!"
    • When fighting Vegeta, Freeza grabs and eats a crab alive. Later, when Goku knocks Freeza into the ground, Freeza cracks his neck and that same crab falls out one of the holes on the side of Freeza's head, implying his throat is directly connected to his ears.
      Jamaican Spirit Crab: Hey mon!
    • Apparently the primitive Saiyans reproduced by kicking each other in the stomach.
  • Black Comedy Rape:
    • Blink and you'll miss it during the "I'll Make a Man Out of You" video:
      Krillin: I don't wanna die a virgin!
      Popo: Boy, you really need to watch just what you say...
      Krillin: OH GOD!
    • The end of episode 12 runs in this direction as well. Also with Krillin.
    • Episode 19. Bulma and Vegeta... Which turns out to be a dream. Edges with Crosses the Line Twice; also with Rape Is Love and Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?, considering how Bulma and Vegeta end up later.
    • Twice in the Christmas special.
      • One of the evil minions happily flashes back to the time where he raped Rudolf.
      • And later with another henchman.
        Krillin (after hearing the henchman's story of how he killed a cancer patient): God, you are one of the worst mall Santas ever — right behind those ones that molest kids!
        Minion: So I'm the worst mall Santa?
        Krillin: Oh, come on!
  • Blatant Lies: Vegeta does this in Episode 21. Goku asks Vegeta what happened to him, and Vegeta says he fell down some stairs. When Krillin attempts to call him out on this, Vegeta threatens to throw him down a flight.
    • Goku blames Icarus's death on Vegeta in order to get Gohan to attack him. This is not true.
    • Guru does this in Episode 22 when he tells Nail he can kick Freeza's ass. As soon as Nail flies away to fight Freeza, Guru calls him a fool and says that if he had bothered to train Nail properly, he might have stood a chance.
    • Even Dende pulls one on Krillin.
      Dende: The better question is, why did I tell him he was immortal?
  • Blofeld Ploy: Freeza does this to Minion 43 when he gets fed up with Zarbon's incompetence.
    Freeza: Minion 43 could you come to the bridge? I need an example.
    Minion 43: An example of what Lord Freeza—(explodes)
    Freeza: You see that, Zarbon? That's you if Vegeta is not in front of me in the next 10 minutes. *beat* Bye.
  • Blood Knight: The Saiyans sans Gohan, natch. When King Kai tells Goku how monstrously powerful Freeza is, Goku actually Squees.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Happens in the background by the end of Episode 23. When Vegeta actually squishes Ginyu!Frog, unlike what happened in the official version.
  • Blunt "Yes": From episode 24:
    Vegeta: (angry) SO WHAT'RE YA DOIN'?
    Gohan: (scared) What am I doin'?
    Vegeta: WHAT'RE YA DOIN'?
    Gohan: Nothing much.
    Gohan: Thwartin' your plans?!
    Vegeta: ARE YOU?!
    Gohan: ...Yes.
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: Freeza challenges God to strike him down if he's really so evil. Cue a lightning bolt striking Freeza. He doesn't even feel it.
  • Bond One-Liner: Goku, of all people, makes one when he thinks he killed Freeza:
    "You could say he suffered a bad case of... freezer burn."
    • Krillin sets one up after he and Gohan take out a pair of Freeza's soldiers, but all it does is give him his first Owned Count point of the season.
    • Super Saiyan Goku makes several after Freeza's disc cuts himself.
      Goku: Wow Freezer! You really were a cut above the rest. But too bad you didn't make the cut. Guess you could call this "a slice of life". All right then, I'll cut you a break. I'm gonna split.
      • Goku also fails miserably at one (hilariously) in Cooler 2: The Return of Cooler's Revenge
    Goku: Time to put you.....on ice!
    * Throws an energy ball inside Cooler*
    Cooler: ...Really? *Sigh* [explodes]
  • Brain Bleach:
    • Bulma's reaction when she walks into the cave in Episode 13, after Krillin relieved himself.
    • Vegeta following the revelation that Dodoria is a woman, and especially after she asks Vegeta to join her as her husband. Vegeta blasts her into oblivion to repress THAT knowledge from his mind.
      • Later, when Krillin uses Solar Flare, if there is one frame of Dodoria in a lace teddy. Forget the bleach, you need a melon baller to scoop out that memory.
  • Bratty Halfpint: Chaotzu
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • Freeza spends the first part of Episode 27 assessing his situation (with all those dead subordinates and all) while effortlessly dodging Vegeta's attacks. When he gets to what to send the Ginyus' families, he considers gift baskets and wine before kicking Vegeta's ki blast back and deciding on gift baskets with wine.
    • In Episode of Bardock, Bardock, upon unexpectedly waking up in a normal bed, thinks that Hell should have beds made of spikes, spiders, or spiky spiders ("spikers").
    • In Episode 31, Maron asks what Yajirobe's and Korin's children would look like: fat men or kitties. Korin responds "fat kitties."
    • In Episode 33, when Trunks brought the group to where Goku will landnote :
      Trunks: Now I'm sure you're all wondering why I brought you here.
      Krillin: Snacks!
      Yamcha: To kill us!
      Vegeta: To kill snacks!
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick:
    • A very straight example and in-universe:
    Freeza: Oh good! I'll stop by [Earth] on the way home. Get some space eggs, some space milk, and BLOW IT THE F**K UP!!!
    • Another example during Episode 20, when Recoome explains that the only things he sells are his merchandise; we see typical Recoome memorabilia (cap, action figure, etc.), and then the last thing that pops up is a Recoome vibrator.
    • From the Cooler's Revenge abridged movie, Roshi has: a best friend that's a turtle, an island, and chlamydia.
  • Breakout Character: Nappa. They brought him back for season 2; his being dead at this point in the original series (and therefore not having any footage of him on Namek) didn't stop them; they just turned him into a ghost.
  • Break the Haughty: Both Vegeta and Freeza are subject to this as they each realize over the span of a few episodes that they're fighting an utter moron and losing.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: It happens a few times early in the series, but that fades away as the comedy improves. Stops entirely after the first season.
    Vegeta: Nine minutes eighteen seconds, nine minutes eighteen seconds.
    Nappa: What's that, Vegeta?
    Vegeta: Happiest. Moment. Of. My life.note 
  • Breathless Non Sequitur: Vegeta's rapid-fire conversation with Gohan in Episode 18.
  • Breath Weapon:
    Nappa: Vegeta, look! Imma firin' mah—BLAAH!
  • Brick Joke/Call Back: Almost every joke that isn't a Running Gag. Noteworthy examples would be the whaaaaaaaales, "What smells like deer," and the narrator's bet with King Kai.
    • When Gohan asks Krillin if he hears Vegeta's bloodcurdling scream of rage, Krillin replies, "I feel that." Later, when Gohan asks him if he feels Freeza's energy as he's powering up, Krillin says, "I taste that."
    • Freaky Alien Genotype. Vegeta says this after killing Zarbon.
    • Goku mentions Fake Namek when he arrives on real Namek.
    • Gohan brings up Peach Farming when fighting against Recoome:
      Gohan: I'm not going to back down. I may be younger than you, smaller than you, weaker than you, and much less experienced, but I know way more about Peach Farming than y— I think this was a horrible decision.
      Recoome: Recoome agrees.
    • In 2009, Team FourStar made "Yamcha the Scarfaced Bandit", a parody of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer". One year later, guess what the minion Yamcha attempts to fight is playing on his scouter?
    • In the Bardock: Father Of Goku special, Freeza contemplates calling Cooler, but decides against this, citing his reasons as "No, he's a prick." Cooler is later seen in his ship and deems not to fire on Goku's pod. His reasons? "Because I'm a prick." This joke carries on into a later episode when Freeza is wondering what he'll do first once he becomes immortal. He eventually decides that he'll "slap Cooler right in his smug, prick face!" And on his Space Twitter profile, the message below his boast about blowing up Planet Vegeta says "@Cooler- You're a prick".
    • When Krillin and Gohan hide from Freeza and his men in Episode 14, Krillin makes a quacking noise and Dodoria comments on the majestic sound of the space duck. In Episode 21, Goku hears Krillin screaming in pain due to his beating from Recoome... and thinks it's a duck. In Episode, 25 he tries to fool Freeza into thinking he's a space duck. While right in front of him.
      • Then in Episode 40 he tries it on Android 16, and it basically works.
    • In Episode 16, Guru wants Nail to gather the dragonballs to wish for a plasma screen TV. In Episode 21, he compares Dende's loss of everyone he ever loved to the origin of Batman. When Dende has no idea who that is, "See! This is why we NEED TV!"
    • After two exclamations of "No! My space <NOUN>!" from Raditz, Piccolo exclaims, "We get it, you're from space!" Much later, after Jeice finishes a sentence chock full of Australian slang, Krillin shouts, "We get it, you're from Space Australia!"
    • In Episode 11, when Krillin sees Gohan's new hairstyle, he likens Gohan to Moe Howard. Then in Episode 18, Vegeta says the same thing when he meets Gohan mid-flight.
    • In Episode 21, Jeice gets repeatedly punched by Goku, while trying to remember what Captain Ginyu told them to do in such a situation. When Ginyu is actually present in Episode 22, he calls him out on it.
    • Episode 24 has so many:
      • We found out what happened to the Albino Namekians.
      • George Takei strikes again!
      • Vegeta's "scream" occurs. Piccolo yells out, "Ow! My ear!"
      • This dialogue between Vegeta and Gohan returns from Episode 18, but with different results.
    • Bulma's panties.
    • In Episode 25, Piccolo mentions something about Nail adding him on MySpace. This goes back to the contents of Episode 1.
    • Way back in Episode 7, Gohan asks Piccolo if the fact that he survives mostly on water means he's a plant or a slug, much to Piccolo's annoyance. After he meets Nail in Episode 25, Piccolo finds out that yes, he is in fact a slug man.
    • Lord Slug Abridged mentions Freeza Day, the misfit minions, and Goku saving Christmas from the Tree of Might special. When Slug goes giant, he crushes Goku and laughs when Goku squeaks, just like when Vegeta did the same as an Oozaru.
    • Gohan's comment that the mountain Piccolo was throwing him at looked more like a plateau gets repeated by Vegeta, when Freeza is throwing him into one.
    • Vegeta's Legendary Super Saiyan Rant;
      Freeza: I feel like we've been here before, have we been here before?
    • During the credits to the Christmas Tree of Might, it gets mentioned that one of Piccolo's gifts was a bigger part in the next movie. Sure enough, his role in Lord Slug was key to the good guys winning and probably the most memorable thing about that movie.
    • At one point, when Freeza calls Guru a slug, he replies, "Leave my brother out of this!". We learn that he's the Evil Twin of Lord Slug in the Lord Slug film.
    • In episode 27, when Freeza is going to attack.
      Gohan: So that means we should-?
      Piccolo: DODGE!
    • Freeza likes to keep count of all sayings and speeches he gets from opponents. In episode 27, Goku gives him a new one.
      Goku: So are you that Freezer guy?
      Freeza: [beat] I am Lord Freeza, yes.
      Goku: Awesome, Imma deck you in the shnoz!
      Freeza: [beat, followed by dropping Vegeta humorously]
      Vegeta: Ow.
      Freeza: I'm sorry, that's a new one.
    • Episode 28 brings an end to the "Kaio-ken/Kaio-what?" running gag.
      Freeza: No seriously, Kaio what?
      Goku: Kaio-crap!
      Freeza: Thought so.
    • Episode 29 has Goku send Piccolo to hold off Freeza while he charges his attack, as payback for Piccolo getting him to do the same thing against Radditz in Episode 2.
      Piccolo: Di...did you just hold a grudge?
    • In Episode 11, Popo says, "See you when you get back! Except... this season... you" to Krillin. In Episode 29, right after Krillin gets killed by Freeza, Popo appears in the stinger, saying, "Called it!"
    • During Freeza and Super Saiyan Goku's battle in episode 30 part 2, Freeza gets behind Goku and grabs him around the chest and he squeaks like when Vegeta squeezed him when they fought.
    • When Guru confesses his sins as he's dying in episode 30 part 2, he admits that he shifted the blame on the Albino Namekians after causing a drought. This fulfills two Brick Jokes at once: The great drought we overheard random Namekians talking about in episode 16 and Guru explains, as Freeza had disgustedly asked in episode 22, that's how he got so fat.
    • When escaping the destruction of Namek Goku gets distracted by an ACTUAL Muffin button.
    • In episode 20, Ginyu told Freeza that he was contractually obligated by his brother Cooler to perform the "Daddy's Little Princess" dance after completing a successful mission. In The Stinger for episode 30, part 3, King Cold calls Freeza "my Little Princess".
    • In episode 18, Vegeta yells at (a hidden) Gohan, saying, "Show yourself before I turn this place into a barren wasteland. So basically the same only on fire." In episode 30 Part 3, while trying to escape a doomed Namek, Goku says, "Everything looked the same before. Now it all looks the same but on fire!"
    • In episode 24, Popo claims the plants he is watering are pot. In episode 30, his first line is, "I'M SO F███ING HIGH RIGHT NOW!"
    • At the start of Episode 29, Krillin reads the usual legal disclaimer, then gets told by an off-screen "producer" not to "worry about your check, we'll send it to your next of kin". (Krillin's reply: "What?!") In Episode 31, Krillin reveals that he really did have next of kin: himself, thanks to a huge life insurance policy he took out on himself before leaving for Namek (which was first mentioned in episode 15).
    • In a fridge heartwarming variant, Krillin explaining Karma to Dende. Dende asks if, by doing a great act of goodness, he can get his family back. Krillin dismisses it, but come the end of the season, his family gets brought back partially because of his own actions.
    • Vegeta announces his leaving Earth and his returning to Earth the same way.
    • When Freeza thinks he's finally killed Trunks in Episode 33, the end of his boast ends in "cadaverific."
    • When Freeza dismisses the Legend of the Super Saiyan as mere nonsense during his fight with Vegeta, who claims he is one, Vegeta replies with "Bitch, you just jealous of my Super Saiyan Swagger". Episode 36, where Vegeta reveals he's become a Super Saiyan himself, is called "Super Saiyan Swagger".
    • Also from Episode 36, Gero yells at #19 to dodge, it's not that complicated. Piccolo just stares at Gohan. It is hysterical.
    • Vegeta tosses a dog biscuit at Android 19's disembodied head, the same treatment he gave to Guldo.
    • In Dead Zone Abridged, Gohan is reading the uncensored version of Huckleberry Finn that he mentioned reading one episode when Chi Chi got him the censored version.
    • In Episode 38, a reference is made to pre-DBZ Dragon Ball when Vegeta asks Trunks if marriage is "some kind of food". Naturally, he's just f*cking with Trunks.
    • The episode also ends with Vegeta Screaming a Precision F-Strike Cut Short just like in episode 10.
    • In episode 40, after Vegeta, Trunks, Piccolo, and Tenshinhan are all curbstomped by Androids 17 and 18, Krillin goes to revive them with Senzu Beans, only to wonder where most of them went.
  • Broken Record: Vegeta's ability to speak coherently declines rapidly during his Freak Out in Episode 18.
    • Freeza, thanks to some malfunctioning machine parts, does this in episodes 32 and 33.
  • Brother Chuck: Lampshaded in Episode 10 when Bulma and the other characters are reminiscing about the times they were useful to the series.
    Bulma: Whatever happened to Launch?
    (cut to Launch passed out drunk at the desk of a seedy bar)
  • Buffy Speak: "Well it is a little corpsey."
  • Bullying a Dragon: In the Android Saga, Tien constantly mocks Vegeta, even though Vegeta could easily kill the triclops. When that's pointed out, Tien says that it's become a game; if Vegeta snaps and kills Tien, then Tien wins. And Vegeta knows it.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: Nappa was essentially this to Vegeta.
  • Butt Monkey:
    • Krillin (by everyone) to the point of having a special counter whenever he is disrespected (usually someone beats him up, but in Episode 2, Krillin got owned when Master Roshi told him to shut up, and in a Season 2 episode, Krillin owned himself after screwing up a witty one-liner).
    • If it isn't Krillin, it's normally Yamcha.
      • Lampshaded in the second FAQ special where the question "Why do you guys pick on Krillin so much" in answered with "Because Yamcha isn't around as much".
      Bulma: Nobody screws Yamcha but life.
      • After Android 20 put's his fist through his chest:
      Goku: Yamcha just got Yamcha'd.
      • When Porunga is summoned for the first time, King Kai wants to know about what Yamcha thinks about who should be revived first. As soon as he starts to speak, Piccolo promptly cuts him off saying that no one cares about his opinions.
      • Also, when Yamcha launches into a panicked rant upon the pending return of Freeza, Krillin responds, "You know what? If he wasn't doing it, I would."
    • Raditz (by his teammates) with the constant references to how weak he was. Even to the point that any scouter shown on Namek uses Raditzs as a measuring device.
      • Possible subversion, in retrospect. He's always trashtalked, and never when he's around (one Gilligan Cut aside)...but remember that he spent two episodes handing Goku and Piccolo their own asses, groin attacked King Yemma, and went on a brief rampage through HFIL before vanishing for parts unknown. For a butt monkey, he does pretty well for himself.
    • Vegeta seems to be suffering a good deal of psychological trauma as well, especially in Season 2.
    • Nail is one toward Guru.
    • Guldo to Vegeta, who treats him like a dog, and even to the rest of the Ginyu Force.
    • Icarus, who gets eaten whenever he appears in the Abridged movies.
    • Piccolo by virtue of being the straight man and putting up with Goku's antics more than the others.
  • But We Used a Condom: Averted in Episode 34. Vegeta doesn't even know what a condom is.
    Bulma: Gotta admit, even with the broken ribs, you really... Wait...
    Vegeta: What?
    Bulma: Where's your condom?
    Vegeta: The fuck's a condom?!
    • Brought up again in Episode 35
      Bulma: You said you were wearing protection!
      Vegeta: I was wearing my armor!

  • The Caligula: Guru's reign during his prime was apparently "terrifying."
  • Call Back: Piccolo mentions that he switched from MySpace to "Spacebook" in Episode 25.
    • In Episode 26 he mentions how he just assumed he could connect to the Internet with his antennae when Nail mentions he has apps.
    • In Episode 3, Piccolo tells Gohan that he's going to throw him at a mountain in order to draw out his hidden power. It doesn't work. Gohan corrects him, saying that it looks more like a plateau. The scene is repeated in Episode 26 between Freeza and Vegeta.
    • Krillin's Destructo Disc hits a mountain after slashing Nappa's cheek, replete with sound effects used previously when Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon hit a different mountain in Episode 2.
    • In the Lord Slug special, the minions think Christmas is the Earth name for Freeza Day, mentioned in the (Christmas) Tree of Might special.
    • The Stinger to Episode 27 is a call back to a line from Episode 5. Vegeta even lampshades it:
      Huh. Should've known that was a one-hit wonder.
    • In episode 29, Goku has to charge his spirit bomb attack to use against Freeza, and needs Piccolo to provide a distraction. The conversation between the two is word for word the conversation between Piccolo and Goku in episode 2 when Piccolo charges his Special Beam Cannon to use on Raditz and gets Goku to distract him, only with the roles reversed.
      • Also, not only is Goku humming the same song Piccolo was while charging the Special Beam Cannon, but Freeza finally hits Piccolo's glubock!
      • Lampshaded by Piccolo, as the way in which Goku says it is so similar that the Namekian wonders if he's angry about dying last time.
        Piccolo: Did you just hold a grudge?
    • Episode 30: Kidney Shot. Doubles as Ironic Echo as in this case, Freeza's on the receiving end. Only after the pause, Goku yells "Stomach Punch."
      • The Stinger? Well in reference to Krillin's death and episode 11...
        Popo: Called it.
    • Also in Episode 30: Freeza makes good on his promise to Goku that he'd give him two pizzas.
    • Another one from Episode 30: Freeza struggles to control the ki disc he tossed at Goku, much like Yamcha with his Spirit Ball in 'The Christmas Tree of Might.'
    • While searching for an escape ship, Goku notices that Namek looks "the same, only on fire" while it had looked "all the same" before. This is a call back to not one, but two things Vegeta has said previously. Once he had called out the planet for looking the same everywhere, and another time he had threatened to reduce an area he was floating in to a barren wasteland.
      "So basically the same, only on fire."
    • In the climax of episode 30, Goku finally locates the muffin button that he mentioned to Dr. Briefs.
    • In episode 33, Freeza starts malfunctioning while saying "dead" and switches to "cadaveriffic".
    • Also in episode 33, Krillin yells "Whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop!" in the background after unintentionally pissing off Vegeta. This goes all the way back to the start of season 2 when he was called "Curly" after calling Gohan looking like a young Moe Howard.
    • In Episode 34, Piccolo, Goku, and Gohan are all training together in a three-way spar. Gohan fails to dodge every single attack and ends up falling off a cliff. Goku remarks to Piccolo that he really needs to learn how to dodge, but Piccolo interrupts, saying "Still working on that."
      • Possibly another one to the end of episode 30. When Bulma sardonically asks Vegeta what it's like to be Prince of "all 2 Saiyans" (himself and Goku), Vegeta is quick to correct with "more like 3 and 1/2". The half-Saiyan is certainly referring to Gohan, while the three are Goku, Nappa, and Tarble (Vegeta doesn't count himself in the calculation).
    • Episode 36 brings back the dodging joke too, with Gero screaming at #19 to do it. Piccolo just shoots Gohan a look.
    • The title of episode 36 is "Super Saiyan Swagger".
    • This exchange from episode 40, a call back to the Cooler special.
    Android 16: Hello, bird. What is your name?
    Bird: *chirping*
    Android 16: Toriyama?
    Toriyama: *more chirping*
    Android 16: I would love to see your dinosaur.
    Toriyama: *even more chirping*
    Android 16: It does WHAT?!
    • In Episode 42 just before Kami and Piccolo fuse, Kami tried the same "go lower" trick Nail pulled on him in Episode 25. Piccolo didn't fall for it this time.
      • And afterward, both Nail and Kami try to get Piccolo to repeat his hype-up chant.
    • When Gohan and Trunks find Cell's eggshells Gohan mentions he fought an alien that looked similar—said eggshell's look like Dodoria's head.
    • While discussing the limits of age and his job, Kami notes that when cars came around he did want to try one but his vision was too bad to drive and asks Piccolo about his time driving a car.
  • Call Forward: When Piccolo and Nail are pitching attack names, one of Piccolo's suggestions is "Hellzone Grenade", an attack he used at a later point in the source material. Nail isn't fond of it, but Piccolo decides to keep it.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Gohan uses Goku and Ginyu's body swap as an opportunity to let out some much needed aggression:
    Gohan: Abandon me for a year with Piccolo... Send me off into space... And the next time I get to see you, you lost your damn body!? YOU'RE NOT EVEN YOU ANYMORE!
  • Calling Your Attacks: Subverted when Goku takes a bit too long with this to throw the Spirit Bomb and gets blasted by Vegeta.
    • Played with in Episode 10:
      Vegeta: I'm going to end this with a BIG BANG! ... kind of attack.
      • This example is played straight in Episode 36 however.
    • Played with in Episode 2:
      Goku: FULL NELSON!
      Raditz: (incredulously) A full nelson? That won't work on me. I'm Raditz!
    • And Raditz was recast due to an argument over attack names ("Double Sunday" or "Keep Your Eye on the Birdie") mid-attack.
    • Finally, Piccolo tries to call the name of his five-minute beam attack during the battle with Raditz; after struggling to use the Japanese name, he just goes with the English name, Special Beam Cannon.
      • Piccolo just shouts a lot of random syllables in Kai Abridged.
        Piccolo: MA-KAN-KO-SOPPA-LOPPA-KHAN!
      • When Cell uses the attack on Piccolo in Episode 43, saying the Japanese name correctly, Kami says "So that's how it's pronounced."
    • Parodied in the original version of Dead Zone Abridged when Garlic Jr.'s minions have names for actions/attack patterns that didn't have any in the original, such as: "Wheel of Bitchslaps" for when they attacked Goku in a circle and "Gentle Statue Push" when Goku gets sent flying into a statue.
      • It is easily his most metro attack.
    • Recoome likes to call most of his attacks, all of which begin with his name.
      • When he jumps headfirst into King Kai's planet, he shouts, "Recoome, DIIIVE!"
    • Played with when Vegeta, after getting his arm broken by Android 18, does this while trying to do a sneak attack. Naturally, it fails.
    "Why do I yell things?"
  • Camp Straight: Zarbon as revealed in Episode 17 when he mentions his girlfriend.
    • Though in Episode 21, Freeza rants that he's convinced Zarbon's "girlfriend" is named Chuck.
  • Can't Catch Up: True to the original series, with plenty of comic lampshades.
    Gohan: With this powerup, I'm now as strong as you were when we fought on earth.
    Vegeta: Congratulations, you're still weaker than the last three guys I killed.
    Gohan: Wow. I now know what it's like to be Krillin.
    Krillin: Sucks, doesn't it.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate:
    King Kai: This is King Kai. Wish these idiots off my planet before I kill myself.
    Krillin: Wait, can gods kill themselves?
    King Kai: I'm about to try!
  • Can Not Tell A Joke: Vegeta
  • Canon Discontinuity:
    • Lampshaded in Christmas Tree of Might at the very end. And during the credits sequence.
    Vegeta: (still on Namek) This is so non-canon it hurts.
    • Played straight with the sloppy Dead Zone and World's Strongest parodies, which were made before Team Four Star really formed. Dead Zone was even redone in November 2013.
  • Captain Obvious: Nappa on several occasions.
    • In prison:
      Nappa: Hey, Vegeta.
      Vegeta: What is it?
      Nappa: We're in prison, Vegeta.
      Vegeta: I see that, Nappa.
      Nappa: Hey.
      Vegeta: What?
      Nappa: Don't drop the soap.
      Vegeta: I swear to God, Nappa, I will shiv you.
    • More Nappa:
      Nappa: Vegeta... I can fly!
      • Also, the repeated:
        Gohan: (exposition of something terrible that just happened)
        Krillin: YES GOHAN! I NOTICED!
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Vegeta in the first season.
    Vegeta: That's it, everyone dies! Say goodbye to your planet, Kakarot!
    Goku: That's not very nice.
    • Still is even when he's dying.
    Vegeta: Oh no, I'd definitely still be evil. If this situation were reversed, this conversation would never have happened. You'd be dead, and I'd be laughing. Ahahaha... ah, it hurts to laugh...
  • Car Fu: When 17 wants to steal a car, 16 asks if it will help them kill Goku. 17 says that it might if they hit Goku with it.
  • The Cast Show Off: In a particularly awesome way, "Make A Man Out Of You".
  • Casual Danger Dialog: "Not now Nail!"
    • Compared to their creator, Androids 17 and 18 have this reaction after being reactivated, being relatively unconcerned about the fact that Vegeta, Piccolo, Tien, Krillin, and Future Trunks are about to break down the door to the lab and instead decide to Troll Gero right up until 17 kills him.
  • Catch Phrase: "Goddammit, Nappa!"
    • "Goddammit!"
    • "Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! Mine! MINE!"
    • "Freakin' weeaboo.": Tenshinhan's for those who love Gratuitous Japanese or Gratuitous Engrish.
    • "Doooodge!!" Poor Piccolo...
    • One shared by the Namekians: "I don't know who/what this (noun) is, but he/it sounds (adjective)."
      • Example: "I do not know what this 'Yamcha' is, but it sounds disappointing."
    • "NERRRRD!"
      • "Wait...what?", also used by Piccolo and Krillin when someone (usually Goku or Krillin) does something stupid
    • "Pecking order."
    • "NAIL!!!" and for a moment, "BIG GREEN!!!" by Lord Guru.
    • Nappa has "Hey, Vegeta...".
    • King Kai has "Shut up, Bubbles/Gregory/Bojack!", usually in groups and usually ending with Bojack.
    • Goku has "Bored now!" for a catchphrase. Krillin also has "Damn it!"
    • Gohan has "Crap baskets!"
    • Freeza's "Adorable."
    • "Ginyu Force: AWAY!"
    • Piccolo tends to exclaim "Bitchin" when offered something good
  • Ceiling Banger: King Kai is shown to do this to Bojack on occasion by stomping on the ground.
  • Celebrity Endorsement: Spoofed by Nappa's Butterfinger ad.
  • Celebrity Impersonator: Or rather voice actor impersonator.
    • Lanipator's voicework is a deadringer for Chris Sabat's Piccolo, Vegeta, Shenron, and his early work for Popo; Linda Young's Freeza (albeit briefly); and Justin Cook's Raditz (until the recast). He also replaced Masako X as the voice of Master Roshi in season 3, sounding much closer to Mike McFarland's version of him.
    • Kaiser Neko for Sean Schemmel's King Kai, Eric Vale's Future Trunks, and a remarkably good Yajirobe.
    • Ganxingba for John Burgmeier's Tenshinhan.
    • Vegeta3986 for Sabat's Yamcha and (in the first FAQ special) Brian Drummond's Vegeta.
      • Faulerro, who replaced Vegeta3986 as Yamcha halfway through season two, also sounds similar to them.
    • Despite being cast before Dragon Ball Kai was even announced, LittleKuriboh's Freeza sounds uncannily similar to Chris Ayres' more sophisticated take on him.
    • General Ivan's Cooler for Tom Hardy's Bane, especially after he transforms.
    • Similar to LittleKuriboh with Freeza, Megami33 as Bulma sounds like Monica Rial as Bulma before the latter ever cuts a line for Dragon Ball Kai.
    • It seems Shudo Ranmaru's Android 18 heavily resembles Colleen Clinkenbeard's role as 18 in Kai, but this was probably deliberate since the Cell saga of Kai was finished for a while once TFS got this far.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Yes, you read that right. The Namek arc is slightly more serious than the Saiyan arc, due to Freeza still being evil and nasty. Sometimes it's Played for Laughs, but mostly it's genuine drama.
    • The Cell saga may well follow suit. As soon as Kami first brings up the topic of Cell in episode 40, things turn surprisingly serious, the only remaining jokes in the episode being for the sake of lampshading the change in tone. Episode 42 (the unofficial ending of the android saga) is also very dark (lampshaded by Krillin who says that some major shit is going down) and is the the only episode that doesn't have a stinger, ending instead with a shot of Cell singing a creepy version of Mr Sandman and grinning menacingly.
  • Characterization Marches On: The original Abridged version of the Dead Zone movie (even before the rest of the series) had surprisingly different characterizations for some of the characters, such as Gohan being of average intelligence for his age (or possibly lower,) and Goku being rather callous about his son's well-being.
  • Character Exaggeration: Lots of it:
    • Nappa becomes FAR too insanely stupid to live, Piccolo becomes a lonely and sarcastic Jerk Ass (and frequently the straight man to Goku's idiocy), Krillin's Butt Monkey status has increased to crazy levels (right down to having a counter for the many times he's been "owned"), and Vegeta becomes pretty much the sanest character (when he's calm), and he's the bad guy (for now).
    • Goku's abandoning his family to train is taken to new levels (along with his idiocy and appetite), Tien is The Loner and straight man while his relationship as Hetero Sexual Life Partners with Chaotzu is constantly exaggerated by the others, Yamcha is Cannon Fodder, Chi-Chi is an overprotective Mama Bear and Gohan is a child genius with issues about Goku's attitude
  • Chew Bubblegum: Piccolo screwed this one up several times throughout the original version of Dead Zone.
  • The Chew Toy: Krillin, with his status as Butt Monkey. Also Yamcha and Guldo.
  • Chirping Crickets: Both times when Gohan was kidnapped ("Quick, somebody stop him!") and after Yamcha adds that he and Tenshinhan should rescue Krillin during their training in the time city.
  • Christmas Special: Christmas Tree of Might.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Nappa.
    [Gohan disappears from Nappa's sight as he tries to stomp him]
    Nappa: Huh! Where'd he go? Did he disappear? Or was he never there to begin with?
    [Dramatic music plays]
    • And Guru.
      Guru: I shall henceforth be known as Super Kami. No wait... Super Kami Guru.
    • King Yemma is sometimes no better, with his obsession with his desk, and more specifically the material it's made out of: mahogany. But not just ANY Mahogany. Mahogany from the planet of Melchior SEVEN, where the trees are 300 feet tall and breathe FIRE!
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: In one episode, Vegeta goes into a long rant, most of which can't be heard over the beeps of Jeice's scouter. During The Stinger of that episode, the rant is heard without the beeps, but it turns out to be a Minor Insult Meltdown or string of Unusual Euphemisms instead. note 
    Vegeta: Son of a gum-chewing funk monster! Why the fruit does all this funny stuff happen to me?! Forget my life! Always surrounded by miserable failing clods! Like this whole world just likes to bend me over and find me in the Alps! Like I'm some sort of schlock receptacle! Well as far as I care, these miserable cows can have a fancy barbeque, with a Goddamn pig!
  • Combat Commentator: Jeice and Burter during Episode 20: Namekimania: Vegeta vs. Recoome.
  • Combined Energy Attack: The Spirit Bomb. And charging too long ends up draining so much energy it kills a deer.
  • Comically Missing the Point: This exchange between Ginyu and Vegeta.
    Vegeta: You know, I'm surprised you're here, Ginyu; I thought you'd be busy polishing Freeza's boots.
    Ginyu: First off, Lord Freeza doesn't wear boots. Second, if he did, I'd've already polished them.
    • And then there was this exchange between Goku and Freeza
      Freeza: Unfortunately, Vegeta and I were having ourselves a disagreement. He wanted himself to live, and well... I didn't.
      Goku: Why do you want to die?
      Freeza: Wha-? No! I-I-I meant-I meant I want him to di-
      Goku: Is it 'cause you look weird?
    • A very large portion of episode 28 involves this happening between Goku and Freeza.
      Freeza: I'll fight you without using either of my hands.
      Goku: Alright, then I'll fight without using my shirt.
      Freeza: I think you're missing the point...
      Goku: You punched me in the face!
      Freeza: You bit my tail!!!
      Goku: Yeah, well I still haven't used my shirt, does that mean I win?
    • And then in episode 38 (while trying to break into Gero's lab and take on the Androids):
      Trunks: No! We can't do this without Goku!
      Vegeta: Why? It's a goddamn door!
  • The Comically Serious: Tenshinhan is the only serious character in this show. That is the joke.
    • Piccolo to an extent when he's not being The Loner (usually the result of Goku's stupidity)
  • Content Warnings: The outtakes, parodied. "If you're under the age of 18 and have not heard the word "fuck" before... well, ya have now."
    Krillin: Warning! The following contains strong language not suitable for minors. If you're under the age of 18, then you-*CRASH* OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!
  • Couch Gag: In most of Season 2 (episodes 17, 19-30), the "please support the official release" message was done by a character who died in that episode (or in the case of Jeice and Recoome, in the following one). Also happens later on in episodes 36 and 38. In episodes 25 and 42, it was done by a character who ceased to exist as an individual being in the episode.
    • In Episode 28 this is taken another step: a character who was horribly wounded at the end of 27 (yes, he did the message for that episode) does it for this one too... slowly... and in great pain.
    • Lampshaded in episode 29, where Krillin does it and then is told that his paycheck will sent to his next of kin.
    • Yamcha reads the disclaimer for Episode 34 and 35, lampshading that he did the previous episode's disclaimer as well and continues. He doesn't die, but does get horribly wounded by Gero.
  • Country Matters: Vegeta calls Android 18 a "smug c*nt" in episode 39. Everyone else present is visibly stunned, including Android 17, and 18 breaks his arm about a minute later.
  • Covers Always Lie: The new intro sequence for episode 31, and the pre-intro scene all show that we'll get into the Garlic Jr saga. The entire episode is about Krillin and his new girlfriend, at the end of which Garlic Jr attacks the lookout and gets sent back to the Dead Zone by Mr Popo immediately. Almost certainly deliberate.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Apparently Vegeta carries dog treats with him at all times for whenever he might run into Guldo.
    • What's even weirder is that he still carries dog treats despite Guldo is already dead. He then uses one on Android 19's decapitated head.
  • Creepy Child/Creepy Monotone: Dende, though Krillin doesn't think so.
    Dende: Mr. Gohan, those things on that person's chest, what are they?
    Gohan: Oh, on Bulma? Those are breasts.
    Dende: They look lovely. I wish to nestle between them.
    Krillin: [beat] You are just adorable!
    • He briefly drops the monotone post-Guru powerup.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Goku is, by all means, a complete and total idiot through and through, but he's also incredibly badass when the time calls for it. He's a strange variation of his trope in which his idiocy does not take a backseat to his badassery, adding an extra layer of insult to his opponents' injuries.
  • Cross Over: The Superfriends in Episode 5. Aquaman's whales killed by Nappa in Episode 8.
  • Crunchtastic:
    Reporter 2: Mr. Kent, if you had to come up with a word for how dead he is, what would it be?
    Mr. Kent: Cadaveriffic!
  • Cuckold: Yamcha (the typical Butt Monkey of the group) is dumped by Bulma and becomes distressed when Vegeta (the man indirectly responsible for his murder, and who bullies and flexes his muscle against Yamcha constantly) starts a sexual relationship with her, where she becomes pregnant by him. In a Bad Future timeline, he is Driven to Suicide when he finds out.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Goku vs Nappa in Episode 9. Also, Zarbon vs Vegeta in Episode 16. And Vegeta's rematch. Also Goku vs Recoome and Goku vs Jeice & Burter.
    • One that isn't plot-relevant is Nappa vs. the Arlian king's thirteen elite guards. He kills them all in a second... just to see how Arlians breed.
    • Piccolo vs. Dorodabo in Lord Slug Abridged, followed by Goku vs. Angira and Medamatcha.
      Dorodabo: [weakly] Please don't break mah arm...
      Piccolo: [deadpan] No.
    • King Kai vs most of the Ginyu's. One moment they're mocking him the next they fall down into Hell.
    • Mr Popo vs Garlic Jr. It was a Curb-Stomp Battle in the original series too, just the other way around.
    • Episode 33. Future Trunks versus Mecha-Freeza and King Cold. They don't stand a chance.
    • Episode 36, Super Vegeta versus Android 19. Yes, machines do feel fear.
    • Episode 39 features Super Saiyan Vegeta against Android 18. At first 18 is merely playing with him and Vegeta is able to get a good few punches in. Then he calls her a smug c*nt and she stops playing around.
  • Curse Cut Short: Continually subverted with Vegeta.
    Vegeta: Nononono FUUUUUUUU—" (scene change) (scene changes back) "—UUUUUUUUCK!

    Vegeta: FU [BEEEEEP] uck.

    Vegeta: Oh you motherFU— (scene change) (heard from a distance) —CKEEEEEERS!
    Piccolo: Ow! My ears!
    • Jeice's curse gets cut short in Episode 23:
      Krillin: Why's that Space New Zealand guy here?
      Jeice: Aw, what the fu—
    • Combining this with Last-Second Word Swap: during episode 30, when it looks like Namek has been destroyed and King Kai's plan has failed, King Kai is on an angry rant when Kami telepathically contacts him:
      King Kai: And then there's this c— ami?
    • Roshi gets one in Episode 2 after it's explained to him that two Saiyans much stronger than Raditz were on their way to Earth in a year. (And this is right after Goku dies and Piccolo kidnaps Gohan and takes off.)
      Roshi: Well... ...fu- (cut to title sequence)
    • Gohan gets a case of this in the new Dead Zone Abridged, both times he was actually about to say the word 'nigger' while reading Huckleberry Finn, innocently unaware of the meaning of it, but each time was cut short before he could finish it.
    • Vegeta gets yet another when Android 18 breaks his arm and the episode ends.
  • Cutaway Gag, Last-Second Word Swap, and Smash Cut: Bulma, Goku, and Vegeta get in on this in Episode 17.
    Bulma (after seeing Zarbon): Oh my God, he's so hot! I just wanna grab him and—
    Goku (doing upside down crunches): ...sixty-nine, seventy, seventy—
    Vegeta (confronting Zarbon): One time, you've defeated me Zarbon, and that's one time too many.
  • Cut Himself Shaving: Goku asks Vegeta if he got beaten up by the Ginyu Force. Vegeta responds thusly:
    Goku: Vegeta, what happened to you? Did you get beat up by this guy note ?
    Vegeta: Ahh... No? I... um...
    Ghost Nappa: You fell down some stairs.
    Vegeta: I fell down some stairs.
    Krillin: No, you didn't, you—
    Vegeta: Shut up, or I'll throw you down a flight.
  • Cyanide Pill: In Episode 12 the ship of children whose planet was devastated by Freeza encounter Krillin and Gohan. When they think they are Freeza's men and are impervious to their guns, the entire ship takes these pills.

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