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- Lame Pun Reaction:
Piccolo: So yeah, that's basically it in a nutshell.
- Krillin says one that gets him an owned count.
- Vegeta tries one in episode 8 after Nappa's attack on Tien.
- Krillin attempts to make a pun in episode 44 after Piccolo finishes explaining to everyone about Cell. For once, everyone else is unified in their response.
Krillin: You mean a nut-Cell.
Piccolo, Vegeta, and Tien: Shut up.
- Lampshaded Double Entendre: When the cast meet Goku and Gohan and discover that Gohan is Goku's son. But due to the aforementioned traits Goku doesn't have a clue what they're talking about.
- Zarbon is full of this right until he transforms, upon which he is far less subtle.
- There's this from episode twenty-three:
- Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: Vegeta does this when Nappa mentions Fraggle Rock.
- Large Ham: Lanipator as Piccolo and Vegeta, but hell, that doesn't matter!
- Laser-Guided Karma:
- Krillin discussing karma with Dende ("Little Green") followed by shots of Vegeta getting pummelled by Zarbon in his "Beast Within" form. note
- 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".
- Laugh with Me: SubvertedFreeza: (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: Beat What?
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.
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!
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Freeza has his own way of cutting the conversation about Zarbon's sexual preference short.Freeza: Oh no, that minion died, could you go fix that, we'll continue this conversation never.
- Lightbulb Joke:
- Freeza tells one in episode 23:Freeza: How many Namekians does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Their whole race! One to screw in the lightbulb and the rest to die... And then the other one dies, too.
- It comes back to bite him in the ass in Episode 25:
- Freeza tells one in episode 23:
- Lighter and Softer: Though it still has its darker moments, the series is overall more silly than Dragon Ball Z. This is especially true for History of Trunks Abridged, where the Crapsack World Bad Future and how it changes the lives of its inhabitants is largely played for Black Comedy (Chi Chi going a little nuts, Bulma being desperate for a man, the Androids being more petty and less sadistic than canon etc).
- Like a Son to Me: Subverted. In episode 9, Gohan believes that this was gonna be the basis of Piccolo's last words to him, due to lack of reproductive organs. Instead...Piccolo: Why didn't you DODGE?! bleh. (dies)
- Limit Break: In episode 8, Final Fantasy VII style. Also works as a Visual Pun as Krillin literaly reaches his limit to the amount of insults he can handle: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; after being killed by Freeza, Krillin also needed to be revived by Porunga because, like Chiaotzu, he'd been revived by Shenron once already. 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.
- Literal-Minded: Goku.Freeza: Will you just piss off?
Goku: I don't have to use the bathroom!
- And Android 16.
- Little "No": Mr. Popo's reaction to Blue Popo's existence.
- The Load: Gohan tends to be this for Piccolo, who ends up Taking the Bullet twice because of him.Piccolo: Why can't you save YOUR OWN DAMN SELF?!
- Love Epiphany: Krillin gets one when he's trying to psyche himself into blowing up 18.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: From the very first episode: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.
- Made of Explodium:Vegeta: (after being thrown into a lake) ...Why did I explode?...
- Made of Indestructium: The Dragonballs, which is why Guldo using his time-control powers to stop Krillin from destroying one needn't be done in a rush. (Well, either that or Krillin is just a wimp.)
- Madness Mantra: Mr Popo in Episode 40, after downing a gallon of LSDMr Popo: All these squares make a circle... All these squares make a circle... All these squares make a circle...
- 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 . 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."
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Everyone. Nearly the entire cast of Dragon Ball Z is voiced by 10 people with their own abridged series, especially during the Saiyan Saga and Freiza Saga:
- Lanipator: Krillin, Vegeta, Piccolo, Mr. Popo, Shenlong, Radditz, Master Roshi
- Kaiser Neko: King Kai, Gregory, Yajirobe, Korin, Zarbon, Burter, Oolong, Garlic Jr., Trunks
- Takahata 101: Nappa, Arlian King, Bardock, Dende, Super Kami Guru, Guldo, Porunga, Lord Slug, Cell
- Masako X: Goku AND Gohan
- Hbi2k: Farmer With Shotgun, Dr. Briefs, Turles, Nail, King Cold
- Little Kuriboh: Narrator, Freeza
- Antfish: Bojack, Dodoria, Captain Ginyu, Mr. Satan
- GanXingba: Tenshinhan, King Yemma, Toma, Recoome, Jeice, Android 17, Chilled
- Megami 33: Bulma, Chaotzu, Puar
- Mars Needs Women: Dende, as a member of the sluglike monogender Namekian race, doesn't even know what breasts are before meeting Bulma but instinctively knows that he wants to "nestle between them".
- Mathematician's Answer: From episode 25:
- 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.
- Meanwhile, Back at the...: Used often in early season 1, to the point of parody.
- Metaphorgotten: Done, unsurprisingly, by Goku."Now I may not be the brightest knife in the crayon box..."
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read/Dirty Mind-Reading:
- Piccolo, while looking for Gohan's mind, gets to hear Vegeta's thoughts. They're...rather disturbing.Vegeta: "Oh God, this feels amazing. First thing I'm gonna do when I get home is step in front of a full-length mirror, strip down, turn Super Saiyan and -"
- When King Kai attempts to speak to Mr. Popo telepathically, his brain explodes (non-lethally, but it gives him one hell of a headache.)
- Piccolo, while looking for Gohan's mind, gets to hear Vegeta's thoughts. They're...rather disturbing.
- Mind Screw: Attempted with Vegeta.Vegeta: Look at your men, now back to me, now look back to your men, now back to me, I am not your men, I'm flipping you off, now look at the the ground, back to me, where's the Dragon Ball? It's gone, I threw it, and there's not a damn thing you can—
Burter: *comes back with the Dragon Ball* Here you go.
- Mistaken for Gay:
- Zarbon, numerous times. It doesn't help that he's extremely camp. After Freeza finds out about Zarbon's having a girlfriend, this exchange happensFreeza: 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.
- 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
- Mistaken for Murderer: When Goku takes Burter out, Jeice assumes that Burter is dead and is horrified, then goes off to get Ginyu for an attempt at revenge. In truth, Goku intentionally held back in order to avoid killing his overmatched opponents, but Vegeta was more than happy to make up for that...
- "Mister Sandman" Sequence: When Cell first shows up. He's even the one singing it!
- Counts as a serious case of Cerebus Syndrome as the song interrupts a humorous moment of Kami and Nail pestering Piccolo and takes place instead of the usual closing card and stinger
- Mixed Metaphor: In episode 28, Goku is just full of these.Goku: Hey, I'm just like any other guy. I pay my taxes one leg at a time.
- Mood Whiplash:
- 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.
- Played inversely in Episode 27, when Freeza's beating of Vegeta is no longer Played for Laughs. Aforementioned tyrant is about to skewer Vegeta on his own hand when Goku arrives and threatens Freeza in a way that hasn't already shown up on Freeza's extensive "heroic speeches" list.
- Goku's just turned Super Saiyan in response to Krillin's death and when Freeza has the nerve to target Gohan next, this happens:Freeza: *in pain as Goku crushes his hand* What are you..? Let go of me!
Goku: *through gritted teeth* I'm going to break you. *tightens grip*
Goku: Like a Kit-Kat bar.
Freeza:...What? *gets decked* WHAT?
- 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 Sandman as 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.
- Morton's Fork: Vegeta in regards to his father.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!
- Motivational Lie: Numerous times:
- Goku convinces Oozaru Gohan that Vegeta killed his pet dragon Icarus (even though Vegeta wasn't even on the planet at the time) to focus his rage on Vegeta.
- King Kai lies to Goku by telling him its Christmas to give Goku extra encouragement when fighting Lord Slug.
- Guru praises Nail as "Namek's Number One Son" when he's pitted against Freeza. Only after they've left does Guru reveal that Nail doesn't stand a chance.
- Mugging the Monster: Garlic Junior attacks the lookout to begin his takeover of earth. Sadly for him, in the abridged adaptation Mr Popo is not someone you easily trap in a bottle.
- Mundane Made AwesomeGoku: Tell her [guitar riff sequence] to put dinner on. [more guitar] Because I'm hungry. [even more guitar]
- Also counts as a failed Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.
- Also, the (MAHOGANY!) desk of King Yemma.
- 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.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: A variation is used by Nappa.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.
- Another variation:Tenshinhan: Let's do it for Chaotzu!
Yamcha: And Krillin!
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.
- From episode 23:Krillin: Now let's hurry up and wish back Piccolo, Tenshinhan, and Chaotzu!
Gohan: What about Yamcha?
Krillin: What about Yamcha?
Vegeta: I don't know what this Yamcha is, but it sounds just like Raditz.
- From episode 24, while they're deliberating who to wish back to life:Piccolo: Just wish me back.
King Kai: I guess we should ask Yamcha what he thinks.
Piccolo: No one cares what Yamcha thinks.
- Another variation:
- My God, You Are Serious: Tien says a variation of this when he realizes that King Kai wasn't joking when he said that Tien, Chaotzu, and Yamcha would be on his planet forever.
- Also, though he doesn't say it word-for-word, this is basically 17's reaction after learning that "that fat clown" thing was actually Android 19 and not just a joke.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Goku gives an epically nonsensical one after achieving Super Saiyan for the first time.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Bulma has a very minor one when she realized she solicited her son from the future for sex.
- 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.
- In Revenge of Cooler, a weakened Goku names a dying bird "Toriyama", after the original creator of Dragon Ball. After he gives his energy to "Toriyama", he tells the bird to "teach a dinosaur to ride a ball", which is a lyric from "Cha-La-Head-Cha-La".
Android 16: I would love to see your dinosaur.
- Also counts as Meaningful Name and Bilingual Bonus, since Toriyama literally means "bird mountain", and that's why Toriyama's production company is named "Bird Studio".
- The gag is used again later on when Android #16 communicates with a bird, learning that it's name is Toriyama.
- 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.
- sings to make money in the three year time skip is based on a song he sang to Puar in the official english dub to annoy him. The catchy tune Yamcha
- 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 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.
- In Episode 45, Dr. Briefs mentions that he has children, plural. This is a reference to Tights from Jaco the Galactic Patrolman, who turned out to be Bulma's older sister.
- Trunk's line about his mother having been "37" for 10 years in the History Of Trunks abridged special, referencing Bulma's lying about her age in the Battle Of Gods movie.
- The information Trunks reads off the Androids' blueprints (#17 and #18's real names being Lapis and Lazuli and #16 being modeled off of Gero's dead son) was revealed by Toriyama in the full-color reprints of the manga; Krillin's amazement references the fact that this information is a Retcon and didn't exist when the anime first came out.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: D.V.E.D., in Cooler 2, takes Yajirobe to something called "The De-organer."
- 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.
Krillin: Y'know, if he were't doing it... I would.
- Lampshaded when Yamcha freaks out in episode 32:
- Nested Mouths: Third-form Freeza whips out one of these as a reference to Alien.
- Never Heard That One Before: Played with with Freeza, who keeps a tally of heroic speeches:Namekian Warrior: We're here to stop this senseless slaughter of our people.
Namekian Warrior: This has gone on for too long. And now, you're going to pay.
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:Freeza: Impudent little... These are not spare parts! What you are looking at is the ultimate culmination of science and nature!
Trunks: Oh, wow! I've... never seen that before.
- A short while later:
- Never Live It Down: In-Universe:
Kami: Lower.Kami: Hmph, I didn't think so.
- Goku calling Piccolo and other namekians as "Yoshis"
- Vegeta being a "Prison Bitch". ...At least until he kills Nappa.
- Guldo getting dog biscuits thrown at his head by Vegeta.
- Krillin is never going to let Bulma forget she tried to have sex with her son from the future.
- This seems to be a trend. Kami isn't willing to let Piccolo forget about the first time he fused with Nail.
Nail: Isn't this the part where you chant to yourself?
- And after Kami finally fuses with Piccolo... Nail and Kami both get in on the fun.
Piccolo: Shut up.
Kami (now inside Piccolo's head): Come now, we should do whatever feels right.
Piccolo: Oh please no...
Nail and Kami: YOU CAN WIN, YOU FEEL GREAT, YOU. CAN. DO. THIS!
Goku: We found three more Androids.Trunks: DAMMIT!Vegeta: Three whole Androids, eh? Pretty sure that makes 8. Hmm, never letting the boy live this one down.
- Future Trunks only warning the Z-fighters about Android 17 and 18 (the only ones that showed up in his timeline), but not knowing about all the other Androids that appear in theirs.
- Never Say "Die": Spoofed.
- Never Say That Again:
- Never Trust a Trailer: You see all that cool stuff in the Episode 31 intro? You're not getting any of it thanks to Mr. Popo.
- 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.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Trunks' alternate timeline Android 17 was bored with killing humans and had just decided to quit and become a park ranger when Gohan kicks him through a building. An angry 17 responds by vowing to kill every human.
- 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.Bardock: It's in my Dodoria wounds!
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Zarbon on Vegeta after his transformation.
- 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!!!"
- The entire Kanassan race seem to be like this.
- Non-Indicative Name: As Cell discovers, East/West/North City do not have names corresponding to their actual geographic location.
- 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.
- And Freeza after being bisected by his own attackFreeza: Daddy, I don't want to be on Namek anymore.
- Goku delivers one after being repeatedly dunked underwater while fighting Freeza.
- Noodle Incident: The jockstrap incident.
- When Vegeta is figuring where Ginyu hid the Namekian Dragonballs:Vegeta: If it's anything like that jockstrap incident, Ginyu probably buried them somewhere around here.
- Freeza mentions it in episode twenty-seven.Freeza: (thinking) This has been one giant mess. It's just like that jockstrap incident, only now I don't have Ginyu around to dig the holes.
- Mentioned again in episode 32 by King Cold, when he's trying to decide where to land their spaceship.Freeza: Daddy, we can park anywhere we want.
King Cold: Now son, if this is anything like that jock strap incident, we don't want to get boxed in!
- Trunks mentions getting his sword from Tapion, but gives us no further exposition.
- When Vegeta is figuring where Ginyu hid the Namekian Dragonballs:
- No-One Could Have Survived That: Played with in Revenge of Cooler after Goku took a blast, fell in the river and off a waterfall.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: How Dende seems to hint at how the Eldest Namek helped his entire race through a great drought that struck Namek...
- No Sell:
- "The only thing Recoome sells is merchandise!" (Including a Recoome vibrator, apparently.)
- Freeza pulls this on Goku a few times.Freeza: No, seriously, Kai-oh-what?
Freeza: Thought so.
- He also No Sells a Bolt of Divine Retribution. And mocks God for the lack of effort.
- And Super Saiyan Goku turns the tables on Freeza.
- 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.
- Suberted by Semi-Perfect Cell against Tien. Tien's kikoho doesn't actually hurt Cell, but it does pin him in a hole in the ground for several minutes and allow the Androids to escape.
- 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 Completely Useless: See Calling Your Attacks above.
- Not So Different: Both Bardock and Chilled can't stand the primitive Saiyans' singing, and use the exact same words to say so.
- Vegeta and Bulma both have moments where they respond to an unintentionally backhanded remarknote by telling themselves "Just accept the compliment".
- Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Said word-for-word by Zarbon after insinuating that Vegeta is gay.
- 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.
- The Narrator Is A Cheating BastardNarrator: 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!
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 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 "F$#!k this movie," in reference to the sheer number of Off Model shots in it that he had to either throw out or correct.
- Then in episode 46, there's a mirrored shot in which 16's Red Ribbon logo is on the wrong side of his chest (the two 'R's inside the logo are correctly mirrored, though). Kaiser admits that it was a pretty big screw up in the episode's making of.
- As a side effect of the original footage, the style of the characters change constantly.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The Ginyu Force being pwned out of King Kai's planet... by KING KAI HIMSELF.
- Oh Crap!: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!
Vegeta: No, no, no...
Vegeta: No, no, no, nononono—[blasted backwards into the sky] FUUUUUUU [50 seconds later] UUUUCK!
- And a bit later...
- And further still:Vegeta: [after cutting off Oozaru Gohan's tail] Ha ha, I did it! I'm the best! Around! Nothing's ever gonna keep me down... [notices Gohan is falling right towards him] No-NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!
- 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.Krillin: Goku, what's your favorite food?
Ginyu: Waldorf salad.
Krillin: See? Double baconat-oh shit.
- 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.
- When Freeza transforms in Episode 25.
- Freeza causes more of these in Episode 26, when he transforms again and kills the White Mage, and Episode 27 when he pummels Vegeta. And then Goku shows up and deflects all of his attacks...
- Goku uses the Kaio-Ken attack on Freeza, prompting "Kaio-what" before getting smacked in the face. Then Freeza immediately recovers and says "seriously, Kaio-what?" to Goku's shocked dismay.Goku: Kai-Oh Crap!.
Freeza: Thought so.
- The favor is returned with Goku's mega Spirit Bomb.
- 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.
- 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.
- Krillin's reaction to Future Trunks' sword breaking on Android 18's arm is to let out a terrified and drawn out "oooooooooooh noooooooooo!"
- Tien and especially Krillin have one in episode 45 when Piccolo explains that because of his fusion with Kami, the Dragon Balls are gone. Krillin even starts crying a bit.
- Piccolo gets one in Episode 46 once Kami and Nail have to mention they have another problem in the middle of the fight with Android 17. That problem being Cell!
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Android 16 wants to kill Goku. Do not say you are the one that will kill him instead.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Lampshade hung in Episode 13: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-Liner, Name... One-Liner: Inverted during The Stinger of episode 21:Goku: (during a conversation about the differences between tetanus and rabies) Silly Gohan, animals don't eat people; people eat animals! Silly Gohan.
- 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.
- On the Next: Subverted in Episode 13: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.
- Our Lawyers Advised This Trope: "We here at Team Four Star do not condone child violence... We do, however, find it hilarious."
- Overly Long Gag: Jeice getting repeatedly punched in the nose.Goku: So... Are you going to dodge any of these?
Jeice: Oh, that's what the captai-[WHACK]!
- Overly Long Scream: Vegeta's scream can be heard by Krillin and Gohan miles away, Goku in outer space, King Yemma in the afterlife, and Trunks twenty years in the future.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Pardon My Klingon: Literally Klingon. Dende calls Freeza a petaQ in episode 22.
- Parental Substitute: Piccolo to Gohan, much like the source material. Unlike the source material Piccolo holds some resentment to Goku for this.
- 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.
- Person of Holding: Ginger and Cinnamon.
- 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!
- Plot Hole: Goku said that his Super Saiyan transformation was brought about when Freeza threatened to kill Gohan. That only happened in the original series. In Abridged Freeza was too busy taunting Goku.
- 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!
- It's pointed out Trunks could have been more specific when describing the Androids that attacked.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: Mr. Popo's flying carpet gets 10,000 miles per soul- the gallon. 10,000 miles per gallon...
- Power Levels: A Zig-Zagging Trope with the infamous "Over nine THOUSAAAAND!" line. First Vegeta read it as 1006, then told Nappa, who was being pummeled senselessly by Goku, to wait a moment.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.
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 calls out the Strong as They Need to Be aspect of power levels in Episode 26 while Piccolo is fighting Freeza.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...
Vegeta: Power levels are BULL***!
- Gotta love how Nappa quotes his own line:
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Zarbon: "I'MMA RAPEYA, BITCH!"
- Vegeta has another in Episode 23Ginyu: At least I'm not stuck in some useless body.
Vegeta, appearing behind him: Give me a minute.
- Goku fires one off after going Super Saiyan.Goku: "I'm going to break you!"Freeza: "What?!"Goku: "...like a Kit Kat bar!"
- Goku, once more, in the Cooler special.Goku: "Not going anywhere for a while? Grab a Snickers."
- Vegeta again in Episode 36Vegeta: Quite the cutting edge piece of tech you got there. But I'm curious. Can it feel fear?
Android 19: Scanning...processing...results inconclusive.
Vegeta: Let's fix that, shall we?
- Android 16 in Episode 47:Android 16: Now if you'll excuse me, I will eliminate Cell.
Android 17: I thought you were only programmed to kill Goku.
Android 16: This "Cell" is comprised of 10.78 percent of Son Goku's DNA. These parameters...are acceptable.
- Vegeta has another in Episode 23
- Precision F-Strike: What's the best thing to say when you're about to save the world with a Spirit Bomb?Krillin: BOOYAH, MOTHER***ER!
- Freeza has the perfect response to the news of Dodoria's death.Freeza: ...the f**k?!
- Anytime Gohan swears, you know shit's about to go down.Gohan: (to Freeza) You... Condescending... Sadistic... Callous... MOTHERF#@&ER!
- Vegeta's response to Goku saying he trained at 100G? "FUUU***UUUUCCKK!"
- Vegeta realizes that Gohan, Krillin and Dende have summoned Porunga while he was napping, resulting in the first unbleeped use of the word fuck in the series proper.Vegeta: OH YOU MOTHERFUUUUUUUUUCKERS!
Piccolo: (on another part of the planet) Ow, my ears!
- Freeza's Scouter before it gives up on him? "F**K THIS, I'M OUT!"
- 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.
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.
- The normally utterly monotone, robotic and clean-mouthed Android 16, who otherwise has not sworn once this entire series, has this to say to Cell potentially kill-stealing Goku from him.Android 16: Would you care to repeat that, you son of a bitch?
- Freeza has the perfect response to the news of Dodoria's death.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Only Vegeta can use "No homo" as one of these and still sound undeniably badass.
Freeza: It's time to send you crying home to mommy.
- 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 interrupted, Freeza uses a Running Gag as one to Vegeta.
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?
- Probably Vegeta's best one yet is a Call Back to the Pre Ass Kicking One Liner he gave to Android 19.
Android 19: No, please. Get away. Leave me alone.
Vegeta: All I needed to hear.
Cooler: (grabs Vegeta's head, with his hand covering Vegeta's mouth) You want to know what death tastes like? (charges up an energy blast in Vegeta's mouth)
- Meta-Cooler tries to give one to Vegeta before Goku saves him.
- He also plans one to use on Krillin after the dragon has been summoned.
- 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!"
- Nappa does this twice.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Nappa.Nappa: Is he here yet? Is he here yet? Is he here yet?
- Psycho Strings: This appears to have become Mr. Popo's leitmotif, which plays whenever he is about to do something very painful to someone else.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:*Freeza Goon B shoots the spaceship*
Krillin: Huh... Well there goes our ship.
Bulma: (offscreen) WHAT THE! F***ING! HELL!?
- Pro Wrestling Episode: The Recoome vs Vegeta episode is "Namekimania 2011", complete with into themes and play by play commentary from Jeice and Burter.
- Pyro Maniac: Oolong in the Christmas Special.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged.
- 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.
- Part 3 of episode 30 had two instances almost back-to-back:
- Reactive Continuous Scream: In Episode 27:Vegeta: Healer's down!
Krillin: Need a rez!
Gohan: Out of mana!
Vegeta starts screaming and they all follow suit.
Nappa: VEGETA WHY?!?
- Also happens in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged after Vegeta shouts the Over 9000 meme. He and Nappa proceed to scream at each other for a couple seconds before Vegeta kills him.
- It also happens in part 2 of Episode 10 after Vegeta wakes up after the blast from the Spirit Bomb.
- Readings Blew Up the Scale: During Freeza and Vegeta's power struggle, Freeza's scouter climbs up to "F**K THIS, I'M OUT" and then explodes.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Krillin lets loose pent-up aggression on Bulma: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.
Goku Why do you wanna die?
Freeza No, I meant I wanted him to di-
Goku Is it because you look weird?
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.
- Recoome gives a brutal one to Vegeta:Recoome: You see, Vegeta, you sit there and brag about how the Saiyans are the mightiest warriors in all the universe. How they are the most ruthless. Well, look at where they are now: DEAD! You talk about your legend, and 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 hurting.... ALL! TOO! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONAH!
- Goku delivers one to Freeza without realizing it.
- 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).
- Recycled In Space: In-universe, though most are examples of SpaceX. See that entry for the full list.
- 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.
- Shows up again in episode 19.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jeice and Burter.Ginyu: Burter was so tall... and blue! And you're so short, and red! It was the perfect little yin-yang thing we had going.
- More literal example with Gozu and Mezu.
- Reference Overdosed: Taken Up to Eleven in the "Celloween" special.George: It is a regular Invasion of the Body Snatchers down here! In this Land of the Dead, who knows what Psycho is this massacre? From Dusk Till Dawn, from Crystal Lake to Elm Street, nobody is being Left Behind! If this Hellraiser Slithers into your town, we suggest you run like hell, find a cabin in the woods, and if anyone comes knocking, make sure you Let the Right One In! Or you'll be Dead By Dawn[[note:*]]A horror film festival[[/note]].
- Remembered I Could Fly: Played with when Nappa suddenly remembers he can fly while he's flying.
- And Goku when Nimbus didn't make it to the hospital to catch him in time.
- Hindsight's a bitch, eh Raditz?
- Goku panics because Tien's about to be killed by Cell, and it's too late to fly in and save him. Then he suddenly stops mid-sentence, and teleports.
- Reminiscing About Your Victims: The Misfit Minion who raped Rudolph seems awfully fond of that memory...
- Dodoria's gender. Dodoria was referenced with male pronouns in "Bardock: Father of Goku" but is a woman in the series later on.
- Retconning the Wiki: Freeza is apparently a Wiki Vandal, changing the Saiyan page to say "Stupid monkeys hit by falling rocks".
- Ret Gone: Super Android 13 punches Goku so hard in the dick that it wipes Goten from existence in the future.
- Retired Monster: Dende describes the horror and blood-spilling that occurred when there was a drought and Guru had to lead them through it. And he was not talking about the drought.
- Retirony: Probably coincidental, but Zarbon mentioned that his one-year anniversary with his girlfriend was coming up in the very episode that Vegeta kills him.
- Rhetorical Question Blunder: Happens a fair amount when Goku and Freeza interact.Freeza: Really, killing [children] is a kindness. I could retract that kindness if you wish, but then who's the villain?
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.
- Rule of Funny: Sometimes used for the sake of a punchline.
- 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.
- Fake Namek.
- KaiserNeko's initial explanation for the muffin button gag, though when one fan came up with a plausible in-universe explanation, Kaiser basically said "Sure, why not?".
- Rule of Three: A few of these are slipped in every now and then.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 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, whenever a character says or does something creepy, Gohan will say "I need an adult" only for the character to reply: "I am an adult."
- Krillin can't shut up when he's scared.
- George Takei.Oh my...
- "I did it in the pod on the way here."
- 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.
- It hurts to laugh.
- Goku making a squeaky noise when being crushed (and his opponent doing it again because it's hilarious)
- Goku using taglines from candy adverts as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner
- Goku thinks his enemies have comic book super powers, such as being X-Men.
- Every time someone mentions "that mountain over there.""Actually it looks more like a Platea-UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!"
- Icarus gets eaten or in some way mutilated in each special he appears in.
- The words on the back of Vegeta's pink shirt keep changing, become more suggestive each time.
- Aliens keep mispronouncing Earth as Ee-arth.
- Everyone making fun of Vegeta for his pink shirt, knowing full well how much it pisses him off.
- Different characters commenting how lucky it is that Garlic Jr.'s minions are so incompetent in Dead Zone Abridged.
- Piccolo thinks he's meditating, but Nail knows otherwise.
- Krillin handing out senzu beans by tossing them and shouting "SENZU BEAN!"
Krillin: Huh, could have sworn I had a whole lot.
- Bites him back later on, when everyone else has been pummelled hard by #17 and #18.
- Piccolo's motivational chanting.
- "PECKING ORDER!"
- Shenlong being fed up of mundane wishes.
- The Freeze-Frame Bonus whenever someone uses the Solar Flare.
- He first uses it on Dodoria, causing her to see an image of Freeza taking a shower, which is itself a Call Back to when Goku blinded Vegeta.
- Then he uses it on Freeza, showing him an image of Dodoria wearing a nightie.
- Then in Dragon Ball Kai Abridged Episode 2, he blinds Dodoria again, this time showing Lanipator in drag.
- Then Imperfect Cell uses it on Krillin, Piccolo and Trunks. It's two flies having sex.
- Then Semi-Perfect Cell uses it on Trunks, 16, 18, Krillin, and Vegeta. This happens right before he finally absorbs 18 and becomes perfect, so the image is some art of him binding 18 with his tail, with a disturbingly pleased look on his face.
- In Episode 38, Piccolo and Tien hurting their wrists (and shoulder, in the latter case) trying to punch down the big metal doors to Dr. Gero's lab.
- Tenshinhan antagonizing Vegeta from Season 3 onward.
- Every team has a token loser. The Saiyans had Raditz, Earth's fighters have Yamcha and Krillin, The Ginyu Force has Guldo and Freeza's organisation alternates between Dodoria and Appule.
- Android #19 might be this for the androids, since he lags and is at risk of computer viruses.
- People taking Gohan by saying "I'mtakingGohanbye!"
- Korin trying to ask everyone who flies past his tower on the way to Kami's Lookout if they've seen Yajirobe, and getting ignored every time.
- "Now I know what you're thinking: should I (insert action here)? And the answer may surprise you..." pops up a lot when a character is at the mercy of someone which is immediately followed by said painful action.
- Any short length of time is 'five minutes.' Piccolo, Vegeta, Freeza, Goku, Dr. Gero, and Android 16 have all said it at one point or another... even though Freeza doesn't know how long a minute is.