Krillin discussing karma with Dende ("Little Green") followed by shots of Vegeta getting pummelled by Zarbon in his "Beast Within" form. note Although it would have worked regardless of who was pummeling who there. Both of them had recently slaughtered Namekian villages.
Subverted and played straight concerning Guru. After being brought back to life and transported to Earth with the other Namekians, he realizes he's about to die. So, to relieve his conscience, he reveals the cause of the drought, which he had originally pinned the albino Namekians. He did it, and drank all the water. How did you think he got so fat in the first place? As the Namekians stared in shock, he gleefully allows himself to die... only on his own. He tries, but the Namekians recover in time to brutally murder him in a mob.
Vegeta gets a big case of this when fighting 18. The beating happens after Vegeta's callousness towards Trunks and Bulma, as well as some sexism expressed towards 18.
Last-Second Chance: Freeza considers changing his ways after Goku's unexpected altruism with giving him energy. He even calls it his "second and last chance" before deciding to screw it and try to kill Goku once last time.
Last-Second Word Swap: In the beginning of the Cooler's Revenge special, Krillin was cooking a stew for the campout, and Oolong was asking about what the stew consists of. Krillin responded that it contains the essentials: "carrots, potatoes, por... poise..." Oolong didn't take the news well when Sauza let slip that "the pork is completely overcooked".
Freeza: (Laughing after beating the crap out of Nail with Nail joining in) Ah, it is kind of funny isn't it? Nail: Hehe, I'm laughing about something else actually. Freeza: Hehehe, what? Nail: The Earthlings have the password. Freeza:BeatWhat? Nail: That little Namekian you passed on the way to Guru's? On his way to the Humans with the password, by now he's probably there and they're about to summon the dragon. Freeza:GHHGHGHHH... Nail: Yeah, if I had to guess your biggest mistake it would be not stopping him, that or the purple lipstick. Freeza:I WILL F*CKING MURDER YOU! Nail: Whatever.
Krillin: That's it! I can't take it any more! I can only be pushed so far!
Literal Genie: Porunga. Note that this was the case in the original series, but it's more blatantly lampshaded here when Piccolo has been wished to Namek:
Dende: He is on Namek. Gohan: Wait, where is he? Dende:On Namek. Piccolo: (from the other side of the planet) You dumbass! Krillin: Why didn't it bring him here? Dende: You must be specific. Gohan: Oh, so it's a sort of monkey's paw; you have to be careful with the hubris in your wishes. Piccolo: (still distant) NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!
It happens again at the end of Season 2, when they wish back all the people killed by Freeza and his men. Since Nappa and the Saibaman that killed Yamcha technically worked for Vegeta, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha need to be revived by Porunga (Krillin had died once already so Shenron couldn't bring him back). In addition, Vegeta was still working for Freeza when he killed Nappa, so...
Shenron weaponizes this on purpose after Krillin asks for a Christmas Tree. So he summons the Tree of Might.
Raditz: And to top off this expositional onslaught, I... AM YOUR BROTHER!
Lyrical Dissonance: Goku's little ditty as he charges up a Spirit Bomb in Lord Slug Abridged.
Goku: Sun, sun, Mister Golden Sun, kill my enemies~!
Cell's rendition of Mr Sandman at the end of episode 42.
Magic Countdown: The notorious line where Freeza claims Namek will explode in 5 minutes, only for it to take more than 5 episodes is of course parodied. Freeza's clearly just guessing how long it'll take, and just says fivenote It ends up being 16. Goku of all people starts calling bullshit and asks Freeza if he even knows how long a minute is.
Magitek: It's starting to be a Running Gag in Season Two. A generic medic in Freeza's army instructs his men to revive Vegeta with "delicious magical science", while Goku calls a sensu bean "sweet sciency magic."
Meaningful Background Event: In Episode 26, Freeza's yelling can be heard in the background while he makes his final transformation. Dende dies mere seconds after the yelling stops, when it's revealed that Freeza's already changed.
Zarbon, numerous times. It doesn't help that he's extremely camp. After Freeza finds out about Zarbon's having a girlfriend, this exchange happens
Freeza: Oh... And all this time I could have sworn you were... Oh, never mind... Zarbon: You thought I was single? Freeza: Well, I thought you were into...
Later on, Vegeta gets this treatment from Zarbon himself:
Vegeta: That reminds me... Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious? Zarbon: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? Zarbon: Alright, Vegeta, I'm going to be totally honest with you. This is sounding really gay.
Freeza's group is shockingly good at this in Episode 14. Freeza himself is a peppy, fey individual who can go from amusing to intimidating in less than a sentence. Dodoria on the other hand has a brand of humor dark as pitch.
In Episode 14, Goku exclaiming "This is the best day ever!" while a peppy song song plays on the background. Cut to Dodoria slaughtering Namekians.
In Episode 18, Krillin gets happy when he and Gohan approach Guru's place to unlock Gohan's potential. Then he feels Vegeta's anger at finding his Dragon Ball missing.
Krillin: That's it! We're gonna make it! We're finally gonna *feels Vegeta approach* die. We are going to die. Gohan: Krillin, what is that?! Krillin: Pure rage, Gohan. Pure rage.
In Episode 20, during Gohan's fight with Recoome. Inspirational music from Dragon Ball Kai plays as an injured Gohan gives a Badass Boast about Goku, but both the music and the speech are cut off abruptly when Recoome snaps Gohan's neck with a kick.
In Episode 21, Jeice and Burter have a heartwarming moment, and then Goku curbstomps Burter.
Guru's death. Easily the most violent, albeit off-screen, moment of the series.
The end of episode 40 has Piccolo arriving on the Lookout and having a funny interlude with Kami and a stoned Mr. Popo who just took the aforementioned gallon of LSD, which quickly segues into Piccolo demanding Kami give up his body and let Piccolo fuse with him for a power boost while having a serious discussion not only about the threat represented by the three Androids, but also Kami's fears that something worse than them is on the way followed by a shot of Cell incubating in the basement of Dr. Gero's destroyed lab with Cell's sinister laughter heard in the background as the episode ends. The change in tone is even Lampshaded by Nail and Mr Popo
Episode 42: Piccolo and Kami finally merge into one being again and Nail and Kami immediately start mocking Piccolo. When they get to Ginger Town Kami and Nail are still mocking Piccolo who tells them to shut up so he can try and listen. Cue a creepy rendition of Mr Sandmanas sung by Cell with no ending card or stinger, for the first time ever, instead ending with Cell's creepy grin.
The opening for Episode 43 picks up where the last one left off, remaining ominous. Until it gets completely ruined by Cell yelling "WANNA SEE ME DRINK THIS GUY?"
Cell in general is quickly proving himself as a master of this, constantly swerving from funny to creepy, then back to funny again, sometimes within the same sentence.
Moral Myopia: When Gero has his hand ripped off, something that will take him three hours to fix, he starts bitching out the Z fighters while ignoring the fact that he had blown up a city an hour ago.
Yajirobe: I'm sorry! I'm sure your father was a great man! Vegeta: I hated my father! Yajirobe: Oh, then I'm sure your father was a total prick. Vegeta: *Punches Yajirobe* How dare you talk about my father like that!
Mundane Utility: Krillin wants to use the remaining wish on Porunga for a three-foot long hoagie. Oolong also points out that the Dragonballs can be used to wish for panties instead of immortality.
Guru tells Nail to gather the dragon balls to wish for a plasma TV. Nail simply replies that it would be a "gross misuse of their power." At the end of Lord Slug Abridged, he uses them to deliver a letter to Slug since they don't have a post office.
Murder By Inaction: Following the scene where Krillin has mortally wounded Vegeta (as Vegeta requested), Dende is understandably unwilling to heal him on account of his partaking in the Namekian genocide. He reluctantly does so when Gohan points out how screwed they are without Vegeta's assistance.
Musical Spoiler: Subverted when Vegeta is blasted into the sky by the Spirit Bomb. It's followed by a scene accompanied by the rather triumphant "Omae no XXX Ten wo Tarou"... which is cut off when Vegeta falls back to the ground.
My Beloved Smother: Chi-Chi gets a clear feeling for this... until Gohan quickly and shockingly puts a stop to it.
Nappa: Well, it's been fun kid. I mean, for me, not for you. As for you (cut to Piccolo), everyone important to you is dead. Krillin: Hey, I'm still alive— Nappa: EVERYONE IMPORTANT. Krillin: ...damn it.
Tenshinhan: Let's do it for Chaotzu! Yamcha: And Krillin! (Chirping Crickets) Yamcha: OK, just Chaotzu.
Yamcha's apparent awesomeness gets turned on its head in episode 13. When they are stranded on Namek:
Bulma: Who knows? Maybe here I'll finally meet a real man. Krillin: What about Yamcha? Bulma: A real man.
And again when the Z Fighters show up on King Kai's planet. King Kai tells Yamcha to wash his car while the others train.
Mythology Gag: When recalling his lost underlings, Freeza mentions Cui. Only he can't remember his actual name and winds up calling him "Kiwi", which is the character's original (and less inventive) Japanese name.
Piccolo asks if Namekians are demons. This is a reference to his first appearance in Dragon Ball, when he was known as Demon King Piccolo.
Super Kami Guru, unleashing Gohan's hidden potential, says he's going to go gentle on Gohan because it's his "first time". While this is a continuation of the molestation gag, it also works as an explanation for why Gohan is ultimately going to have his hidden potential unleashed twice more during the series.
Also, during one of Krillin's "IcannotshutupwhenImscared" moments, he mentioned that he once had a crush on a boy that he thought was a girl. This actually happened with Krillin and Upa in one of the early chapters of Dragon Ball. (Also counts as Shown Their Work.)
Then there's Goku's comment that the wound he recieved from Ginyu is the second worst hole in his chest. Piccolo blasted a rather sizable (and fatal) hole through Goku to kill Raditz. Piccolo also shot through him during their battle in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, but that wasn't nearly as bad.
Bulma is actually humming her leitmotif from Dragonball just before Krillin lands and knocks her out of her chair in episode 17.
When Tenshinhan breaks Yamcha's leg, Yamcha yells that it's his good leg. Tien broke the other one in Dragon Ball at the World Martial Arts Tournament.
The gag is used again later on when Android #16 communicates with a bird, learning that it's name is Toriyama.
Android 16: I would love to see your dinosaur.
In the same special, Krillin says he can't visit Korin as last time he did he kept calling him "Whiskers the Wonder Cat'. A reference to Korin's name in the Harmony Gold dub.
When Trunks first meets Goku, he accidentally addresses him as "Sun Wukong", the Journey to the West character that Goku was originally based on.
After Trunks tells Goku about the "half-man, half-machine" "monstrosities" that will appear in three years, Goku insists they are androids, while Trunks says they are technically cyborgs. This references the original dub's habit of calling all of Dr. Gero's creations androids, despite the fact that he, 17, and 18 are clearly semi-organic, thus cyborgs.
In the remastered version of Dead Zone, Ginger's last line is "What a douchebag", which was his name in the Pre-Team Four Star version.
In episode 37, Bulma complains that she never even got to see Freeza and Yajirobe retorts that no one complains about not meeting Hitler ("I mean, some people do, but they're weird."). Fusion Reborn showed the Dragonball world apparently had its own version of Hitler.
When Bulma says all scientists know where each others' labs are, she mentions Dr. Frappe and Dr. Wheelo. Trunks is confused who she's talking about, and she responds "Long Story": the first references the Adaptation Induced Plot Hole Dr. Frappe's addition to the anime caused regarding who built Android 8. The second references the World's Strongest Abridged that was made by the proto-Team Four Star, like the original Dead Zone Abridged, while also playing on the general canonical impossibility most of the movies already possess.
In the same episode, Vegeta is the one who references Goku's confusion that marriage is food.
In episode 41, Roshi declares his intent to buy a submarine to hide from the androids after hearing of their Curb-Stomp Battle against the heroes, referencing a throwaway shot from the anime that shows the minor characters in the scene doing just that in Trunks' future.
The original version of Return of Cooler was set after Dende became Earth's Guardian (which hadn't even happened in the comics when the movie was released), and everyone went to New Namek because he senses there was something wrong. Cooler 2: The Return of Cooler's Revenge - The Reckoning is set before then, so they were instead coming for a party he invited them to and Dende is on Earth because that's where the party was actually supposed to be held.
Negated Moment of Awesome: Happens to Gohan while fighting Recoome. Gohan starts by giving Recoome a bit of a verbal beatdown as the music starts to swell. Then he makes a desperate charge and... gets his neck snapped with one kick.
Mr. Popo kills Garlic Jr. before he can even do anything.
Nervous Wreck: This happens to Krillin. He cannot shut up when he's scared.
Namekian Warrior: We're here to stop this senseless slaughter of our people. Freeza: 92 Namekian Warrior: This has gone on for too long. And now, you're going to pay. Freeza: 355 Namekian Warrior: We are... we... what are you— Freeza: No, go on. Continue. Don't mind me. Namekian Warrior: And... we are the ones who will stop you. Freeza: Ooh, wow. 419. Namekian Warrior: Oh yeah? Well... we're going to... f**k your face! Freeza: Oh my. Twelve.
A short while later:
Namekian Elder: That... that wasn't part of the deal! Freeza: Aaaand 500! Dodoria, show 'em what they've won!
Though Goku did find one he hadn't heard yet: "Imma deck you in the schnoz!"
And when Goku becomes a Super Saiyan he stumps Freeza once more: "I'm going to break you..." *crushes Freeza's hand* "...like a Kit-Kat bar!"
Used almost verbatim in this exchange, after Trunks asks Freeza why he has "spare parts" coming out of him:
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Parodied. Vegeta reveals to Dodoria that after his trip to Earth, he can now sense energy sources and doesn't need a scouter. When Dodoria asks him how he learned how to do that, Vegeta is just as clueless.
And again in Episode 21 when Goku reads Krillin's mind. His explanation muffin button makes as much sense as the canonical explanation just something that happens while he's training at high gravity.
No Biological Sex: While implied in the actual series, Namekians' lack of sexual organs is explicitly stated and played for laughs several time.
Nail: (after tricking Piccolo into putting his hand on his crotch) Ha ha! If we had junk you'd be gay right now!
No Dead Body Poops: As Bardock learns upon having the corpses of his friends piled atop him, they do.
No Indoor Voice: Vegeta spends about 80% of his screentime screaming at the top of his lungs. Lanipator lampshades it in one blooper where after recording one such outburst, he drops character to give his larynx a break and asks why he had to be cast as the loudest, raspiest voiced character in the whole show.
The entire Kanassan race seem to be like this.
"I CAN SEE THE FUTUUURE!!!"
Non Sequitur Thud: Occasionally happens to characters who've had their asses handed to them.
Krillin: (After been kicked by Recoome, in a high pitch) Hello Gohan, have you done your homework? Cause if you don't Chi-chi will kick my ass!
Goku delivers one after being repeatedly dunked underwater while fighting Freeza.
Goku: Grandpa, I don't want any more baths today. I'm clean now.
In Revenge of Cooler, Sauza punches Goku in the face... and much to Sauza's complete bewilderment, Goku completely ignores him while he continues chatting with Cooler, despite Sauza's fist against the side of his face. Goku does it to Cooler, too, after turning into a Super Saiyan.
No Sympathy: What Gohan actually blames Goku for isn't his fault: abandoning Gohan with Piccolo for a year (Piccolo kidnapped him after Goku died trying to rescue him), and sending him to space (Gohan himself insisted on going, Goku himself was unable to do so due to his injures, and Goku was unable even to give his opinion on Gohan's choice due to being sedated with Clorox after screaming in terror at seeing Mr Popo).
Not Wearing Pants: "Could you speak up; I'm not wearing pants." Apparently Master Roshi's hearing is directly tied to his level of dress.
This may be a Shout-Out to an old episode of The Simpsons, in which Homer gets out of the shower, answers the phone, and tells the person on the other end "You'll have to speak up; I'm wearing a towel."
Narrator: Many lives were lost, many lessons were learned, and I made out with a cool one hundred thou! King Kai: You cheating son of a— Narrator: Can't hear you, don't care.
Oedipus Complex: Subverted. A drunk Bulma hits on Future!Trunks and when she realizes he's a mommy's boy, she offers to be his "mommy". Cue internal scream and him changing subjects at light speed.
Offing the Mouth: Why King Vegeta killed his messenger Butarega. There's a flashback scene that shows King Vegeta (Vegeta's father) getting a message. When the messenger gives a Mathematician's Answer to a question, King Vegeta promptly blasts the messenger, mumbling "Freakin' smartass" afterward.
Butarega: King Vegeta, I have urgent news! King Vegeta: Speak, Butarega. Butarega: Bardock has gone absolutely mad, Sire! Bardock: FREEZA!! King Vegeta: What's all the commotion about? Butarega: He's been telling everyone that Freeza plans to destroy Vegeta! King Vegeta: Wait, my son, the planet, or me? Butarega: ...Yes. (Butarega is blasted by King Vegeta) King Vegeta:Freakin' smartass.
Off Model: One of the things the series takes pains to avoid, especially in later installments. Several episode breakdowns show Kaiser editing out things like lazy eyes or miscolorings. He actually prefaces the Return of Cooler breakdown by noting simply "Fuck this movie," in reference to the sheer number of Off Model shots in it that he had to either throw out or correct.
Vegeta: (in the middle of a Beam-O-War) This is the end, Kakarot. You don't stand a chance! I put all of my power into this attack. Now perish with the rest of your pathetic world! Goku: Kaio-ken... Vegeta:Nooo... Goku: TIMES... Vegeta: No, no, no... Goku: FOUR! Vegeta: No, no, no, nononono—[blasted backwards into the sky]FUUUUUUU[50 seconds later]UUUUCK!
And a bit later...
Vegeta: Haha! There's nothing left now! Your last hope, and you missed! You're all dead, and there isn't a damn thing you can d—whatsmells like deer?
And then in episode 18, when Guru senses five "incredibly flamboyant" high power levels heading straight for the surface of planet Namek, Vegeta immediately realizes who they are (the Ginyu Force) and starts panicking that they're all going to die.
Even Goku has one at the end of episode 22 when he realizes that he's had his body switched with the much weaker Captain Ginyu who just punched a hole in his own chest.
Krillin gets a funny one when Ginyu arrives in Goku's body in episode 23.
Jeice gets one in episode 23 while fighting Vegeta.
Jeice: What the hell happened to you? You were NOT this strong when you fought Recoome! Vegeta:[hands him the Saiyan Handbook] Looks like you have some required reading to do. Jeice: Alright, let's see here. Okay, full moon, lose your tail, stronger every time you... oh. Well I'm right f[bleep]ked, aren't I? Vegeta:Right in the downunder.
Vegeta and Krillin at the end of Episode 24.
Vegeta: If it didn't grant me my wish, then I'm not immortal, and Freeza's going to... going to... [Vegeta stares, and Krillin follows his gaze to where Freeza is standing.] Freeza: Oh don't mind me. By all means, give me some ideas.
Then in Episode 37, Bulma insists on going to the battlefield to see the androids with Yajirobe and her infant son with her. Trunks isn't amused:
Bulma: Hey guys~! Vegeta: AND NOW THE WOMAN'S HERE! Gohan: BULMA! NO! Trunks: DID SHE BRING ME?! #20: (thinking) And there's my door! (shoots down the ship)
Now in the remastered Dead Zone, we get a great double dose:
Garlic Jr.: Oh god, your father's Goku. OH MY GOD! You morons stole Goku's kid? How?! How did you steal Goku's kid?! Nicky: Well first we beat up his wife... Garlic Jr.: Oh my shit.
He gets a belated one when Kami points out that Garlic Jr. only averted a Nice Job Fixing It, Villain because part of his plan didn't succeed.
Garlic Jr.: Before you arrived, I used the dragonballs to grant myself immorality. AHAHAHAHAHA! Kami: Wait, your plan was to kill me, then use the dragonballs. Garlic Jr.: HAHAHA- Yeah, why... Beat Oh, shit. Wow, I dodged a bullet on that one. Thank god my minions are so incompetent.
More seriously, Future Trunks experiences this when Androids 17 and 18 decide to wake up Android 16, because the Butterfly Effect created by his time traveling now means there will be three Androids instead of the two from his timeline. And considering the damage the two Androids caused, the addition of a third gives him good cause to be alarmed.
Roshi: Why Bulma's? Goku: Well I need a ship and Bulma's dad is a scientist. Roshi: I'm not even going to begin to go into what's wrong with that. I just wish you good luck.
Dr. Briefs seems to actually be one going by the events of Lord Slug; isolating the Gay gene and finding a meteor with his combination microscope/telescope. In addition to having built a spaceship that could go to Namek despite him being a member of an apparently non-spacefaring civilization, complete with artificial gravity chamber and a suitably long-range transmitter/receiver.
One Up Sampo: In episode 25, when Freeza impales Krillin, he starts to do it repeatedly. Eventually, the stabs start turning into 1 UPs.
Only Sane Man: Future Trunks, Piccolo, Gohan, Shenron the Dragon, Nail and Tenshinhan all have shades of this to various degrees. Freeza and Vegeta are villainous takes on this, though generally its because they have to hang around folks like Nappa and Goku. When around other 'normal' characters like Future Trunks, Vegeta's arrogance and self-delusions are often as exasperating to them as Goku is to Vegeta.
Narrator: A new evil has revealed its face. Who are these mysterious enemies, and do Gohan and Krillin stand a chance? The answer to these questions will be revealed... Right now! Zarbon, Dodoria, Freeza, and Oh my, no.
OOC Is Serious Business: Mr. Popo is nightmare incarnate, and strikes fear into just about everyone he comes in contact with. However, in Episode 40, he is none of that, instead either staring at the floor and muttering to himself or speaking in a way that he's unable to control the volume of his voice. When Piccolo asks Kami about it, Kami tells Piccolo that Mr. Popo dropped an entire gallon of LSD a little while ago.
Played with by Krillin in episodes 29 and 30. His scream only lasts about a second, but he repeats it over and over until Freeza blows him up. Then everyone's teleported to Earth when Dende screws Freeza over, and in four months' time Porunga is convinced to just give them six wishes right off the bat. When Krillin is revived he is still screaming. Krillin has been screaming non-stop for FOUR MONTHS.
A straighter example occurred when Krillin, Gohan and Bulma landed on Namek only to learn Vegeta had arrived and that he possessed four of the Dragon Balls. The scream is implied to last for the entire opening sequence and definitely twenty seconds afterwards.
Overly Narrow Superlative: Guru refers to Dende as the third-strongest Namekian on Namek. At the time, Dende, Nail, and Guru were the only surviving Namekians on the planet (or anywhere, for that matter).
Parental Substitute: Piccolo to Gohan, much like the source material. Unlike the source material Piccolo holds some resentment to Goku for this.
This relationship is also mocked when Piccolo saves Gohan from Nappa and with his dying breath calls Gohan over, not to tell him that he is like the son he never had but scream at him for not dodging
Parrot Expo-what?: Any time Goku uses the Kaio-ken, someone (usually Goku's opponent) inevitably responds with some variation of "Kaio-what?"
Bardock even gets caught up with this when he sees a vision of the future where Goku's using the Kaio-ken. Right in the middle of the fight with Dodoria's goons.
The Password Is Always Swordfish: To use Kami's spaceship, activating anything merely requires you to say "Popo." Not because that's the password, but because the ship simply knows better than to refuse.
Pay Evil unto Evil: After arriving on Earth, a dying Guru confesses that he caused the Great Drought by drinking the entire Namekian water supply. He then used the Albino Namekians as scapegoats and had them exterminated. The Namekians are horrified that they killed thousands of their own race for no reason and when Guru doesn't die immediately they tear him to pieces. Then Elder Mori ate him.
Phrase Catcher: Poor Gohan. So far he's only hearing it from Piccolo, with Nappa joining in once. "NEEEERD!" And in Episode 18, when he says "I need an adult", Vegeta, Krillin, and Guru respond I am an adult!
Poor Communication Kills: A bunch of child-soldier refugees, whose planet was conquered and destroyed by Freeza don't listen to Krillin as he tries to explain he and Gohan aren't sent by Freeza. When even Krillin proves too strong for them to kill, they still won't listen and commit mass suicide.
It's pointed out Trunks could have been more specific when describing the Androids that attacked.
Trunks: Yes, I said two, but [Android 20's] not one of them. Vegeta: Why didn't ya tell us what they looked like, then! Trunks: I only ever met the two! Vegeta: Well look at that, so did we!
Vegeta: I had the scouter upside down. [calmly] It's over 9000. [breaks scouter] Rah. Nappa:[lying, broken, on the ground] Why do you sound so bored? Vegeta: Because he's still not a threat. Nappa: But— Vegeta: To me.
Gotta love how Nappa quotes his own line:
Nappa: Hey Vegeta, "What does the scouter say about his power level?"
And as shown in the Running Gag below, because Raditz is so weak (with a power level of 1200), he's become the basic unit of measure. According to Vegeta in an announcement video, the new Dragon Ball Abridged page has OVER 9 RADITZ of Team Four Star power.
Vegeta: "Wait a damn minute, something's wrong here. Back on your planet the Namek could barely stand up to Nappa, yet here he is now taking on Freeza. In his second form." Gohan: "What do you think happened?" Vegeta: "Well either Freeza hit me so hard I'm in a delusional coma, or..." Gohan: "Or..?" Vegeta: "Power levels are BULL***!"
Piccolo manages to get one out after Freeza blasts a hole through his chest "F**k you."
In Episode of Bardock, when the eponymous Anti-Hero finally realizes he's in the past: "OF ALL THE STUPID... ASININE... SHARK-JUMPING BULLSHIT!" It pisses him off enough he goes Super Saiyan.
A completely unbleeped one in episode 34 after Bulma and Vegeta have sex.
Bulma: ...Wait. Vegeta: What? Bulma: Where's your condom? Vegeta: The fuck's a condom?
Aside from that, the typical bleeped versions whenever someone insulted him for wearing a pink shirt.
Vegeta ups the game by dropping the c-bomb against Android 18. Even the other characters are stunned.
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Only Vegeta can use "No homo" as one of these and still sound undeniably badass.
He also plans one to use on Krillin after the dragon has been summoned.
Vegeta: (thinking) Ok, as soon as they summon the dragon, I'm going to rush up and snap the bald one's neck. I'm totally going to yell "Team Three Star" when I do it, too! (imagines it, and Krillin's scream) Amazing.
Although the killing was interupted, Freeza uses a Running Gag as one to Vegeta.
Freeza: It's time to send you crying home to mommy. Vegeta: My mother's dead. Freeza: I know.
Vegeta: So then, before I put down the clown, let's put it to bed, shall we? Do you feel fear, android? Android 19: No, please. Get away. Leave me alone. Vegeta: All I needed to hear.
Prison Rape: Few instances of it during Episode 5 when Vegeta and Nappa were in an Arlian prison.
Nappa: Hey Vegeta. Don't drop the soap. Green Bug: Welcome to Oz, bitch! You (Vegeta) with the spiky hair, you're gonna be my bitch! I'm gonna sell you for a cigarette but not before I violate you because you're my bi-"
Nappa does this twice.
"Hi, I'm Nappa and this is Vegeta. He was a prison bitch!"
Rapid Fire No: Vegeta lets one go when he's about to get blasted away by Goku's Kamehameha.
Part 3 of episode 30 had two instances almost back-to-back:
First, when Goku decides to spare Freeza some energy, King Kai can be heard repeatedly saying "No". Subverted in that it is not rapid fire.
Shortly after, Freeza fires a blast at Goku and Goku returns the favor (thinking Freeza is wasting the little energy he was just given, so now Goku has to give him even more) with Freeza desperately shooting off "NONONONONONONONONONONO!"
Android 19's last words before being destroyed by Vegeta's Big Bang Attack.
Krillin: Well, I dunno, maybe you could have bitched at him, how 'bout that! That's all you appear to be good for these days! Huh?! Used your bitch-fu on him! Bulma: The Mistress of Bitching; that's what they should call you! (a few scenes later) ...seriously! Five ancient Sages of Bitchdom all gathered together on the peaks of Mt. Bitch to proclaim your birth! And a hundred years later, when all the Bitch Stars had aligned, you were born and made everbody's life around you a living hell, because YOU! ARE SUCH! A BITCH!
Goku delivers one to Freeza without realizing it.
Freeza Unfortunately, Vegeta and I were having a disagreement. He wanted himself to live, and well... I didn't. GokuWhy do you wanna die? Freeza No, I meant I wanted him to di- Goku Is it because you look weird? Freeza WHAT?! Goku Oh well you know you've got that big head, those weird lips, and that tail - (Freeza attacks Goku, who just shrugs it off) Goku And you don't have ears... Freeza Okay, NO. (Freeza attacks Goku again, much more violently. Goku just shrugs it off again) Goku And to top it all off? You're really kind of a jerk.
Same episode as the Goku one, Freeza has this to say about the Super Saiyan Legend and Vegeta's constant clinging to it in response to the Prince once again claiming (wrongly) that he's achieved that fabled status:
Freeza: Okay, seriously. Super Saiyan. What is that, what even is that? I'll tell you what it is. It's just some stupid legend passed by your filthy monkey ancestors around a campfire like it was their own dung. Let me tell you, Vegeta. I don't deal in legends. I deal in facts. And here's a fact. By the end of this, you are going to be crying. Like a little…bitch.
Recap Episode: Parodied hilariously with Dragon Ball Kai Abridged, which recaps the entire Saiyan saga in a little more than two minutes. Then with Episode 2 of Kai Abridged, which does the Namek/Freeza saga in seven.
Record Needle Scratch: Happens when the warrior Namek confronting Freeza breaks out of his heroic speech because of his annoyance with Freeza's verbal heroic speech lines count; also happens after Krillin comments that he's not the first person to die in the series moments after Goku dies (leading to the first instance of the "Krillin! Too Soon!" gag).
Two specific instances stand out, since they actually use the "in space" bit: Jeice actually describes Space Australia as "Australia... in space" and the restaurant Spaceys has "good food... in space".
Recycled Script: Parodied in Lord Slug Abridged. Several of Slug's henchmen get fried after they accidentally refer to him as "King Piccolo", and even the Dragon finds his wish very familiar...
It's enough similarity that even Goku figures it out.
Much to his disdain, characters notice this about Cooler when it comes to Freeza.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Vegeta learns that Krillin doesn't have the four-star dragonball, he breaks a blood vessel out of pure rage, causing his eyes to appear red.
Freeza:Really, killing [children] is a kindness. I could retract that kindness if you wish, but then who's the villain? Goku: Y-You. Freeza: N-No...that was a rhetorical question. Goku: And I gave you a rhetorical answer.
Rip Van Tinkle: Related but squicky example. After spending a month on a spaceship with Bulma walking around in her underwear the entire time, Krillin has had no opportunity to... relieve himself, especially because the toilet keeps screaming at him. Once they finally land on Namek, Krillin excuses himself and heads into a nearby cave to "take care of business", then leaves with Gohan. Then Bulma goes into the same cave to set up camp and... "OH GOD, IT'S EVERYWHERE!"
The Rival: Yamcha insists that he and Tenshinhan are rivals in the second Q&A. Tenshinhan disagrees.
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: Vegeta tries to do this when he's fed up with the idiocy in the first season between Nappa and Goku.
The only explanation for how Vegeta's scanner readout was upside down when he was wearing it on the same side as usual.
And also probably the only reason that Bojack is inside King Kai's planet when in the movie, he's actually in a star that happened to be near King Kai's planet.
As well as the reason Goku has a horrific memory followed by an aneurysm when seeing Popo at the start of Season 2, yet the same episode has a flashback depicting him casually asking Popo for a ride to fight Vegeta and Nappa.
For one thing, we don't know that he was ever face to face with Popo in the Lookout. For another, a lot of things are scarier when you're helpless in a hospital bed.
Vegeta: "I find Cui, I kill Cui. I find Dodoria, I kill Dodoria. I find this Dragonball, I take this Dragonball. Let's see what else I can find."
Running Gag: The "Krillin Owned" tally, references to how weak Raditz is, Piccolo calling Gohan a nerd, Yamcha calling Tenshinhan and Chaozu gay (with Krillin picking up the slack after Yamcha dies), and Krillin being told it's Too Soon after making an insensitive remark (i.e., comparing the rundown city to New Orleans during his training, loudly proclaiming that he's not the first to die after Goku dies, telling Goku that Chaotzu is "here... and there... and there..." after Chaotzu exploded).
Vegeta's use of the titles of rock songs ("Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet and "Rock You Like A Hurricane" by The Scorpions") for a Pre-Ass Kicking One Liner.
Things Piccolo says to Gohan, including "NERRRRRRRRD!" and "DOOOOOOOOOOOOOODGE!" The group regretted not taking the chance to have Gohan return the favour in the Freeza saga and made up for it with Kai Abridged 2.
Also, Goku's Kaio-Ken. Every time he shouts the name, someone goes "[something]note usually Kaio What?" and gets punched in the face. Happens twice to Vegeta, and it even happens to Bardock during the special — he gets a future vision of Goku using it and stops blocking his opponent's moves. Freeza is the exception so far, as Goku didn't harm him at all.
Heck, the gag isn't even restricted to this series. It manages to earn a reference in Death Battle, where Masako steps in to voice Goku in the "Goku VS Superman" fight, inflicting the gag on the Man of Steel.
Zarbon's Double Entendres that do nothing but heavily imply that he's gay even though episode 17 reveals that he's straight and just so happens to speak in homosexual innuendo.
Bojack being stuck in the center of King Kai's planet.
"I don't know what this [name] is, but it sounds [adjective]."
One that shows up in a couple recent episodes:
Character A:"(talks about bringing something along for an emergency)." Character B:"Krillin?" Character A:"Krillin."
In episode 18:
Not Gohan:[says or does something creepy] Gohan: I need an adult. Not Gohan: I am an adult.
One appears to be forming where someone mentions Yamcha, and another person remarks that they don't know who he is, but still manage to make fun of him for being weak.
Recently, the person who gives the disclaimer will die that episode.
As of Episode 24, cutting off Yamcha before he can say anything.
This gag is the result of Real Life Writes the Plot due to Yamcha and Kami's voice actor Vegeta3986 leaving the team. Kami was quickly given a replacement, but to emphasize Yamcha's Butt Monkey status they don't let him speak for the rest of the second season.
It hurts to laugh.
Goku making a squeaky noise when being crushed (and his opponent doing it again because it's hilarious)