Kami: Mr. Popo, where did you send them? Popo: I'll tell you where they're not—safe.
Sanity Slippage: After realizing that Gohan stole one of his Dragon Balls, Vegeta starts to lose his mind, and his eyes become bloodshot. He snaps out of it when he senses Gohan getting his power unlocked by Guru.
Say My Name: Done by Dende to Vegeta, in a Kick the Son of a Bitch moment: Vegeta had Krillin blow a hole in his chest, banking on the Sayian trait of growing stronger from injuries; the greater, the stronger. Dende makes Vegeta ask him by name to heal him. He didn't know it until Dende made him say it.
The Scapegoat: The Albino Namekians for the Great Drought. Guru drank it all.
Vegeta: Ugh, I just got here and already this planet's annoying me.
Vegeta gives off the granddaddy of all screams in episode 18. It can be heard from EVERYWHERE.
Gohan: "Krillin, do you hear that?" Krillin: "I feel that." Freeza: "What the devil is that noise?" Goku in his spaceship: "Ahh, time for a delicious sports dri—huh? The heck is that?" King Yemma in the afterlife: "Purgatory... Hell... Denise? Denise, do you hear that? Oh God, is that my wife!? LEAVE ME ALONE! YOU ALREADY TOOK THE KIDS, WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT!?" Trunks from 20 years in the future, on another planet, in another solar system: "Alright mom. Once that time machine is done, I can go back into the past to save Goku and my Fathe—... Daddy?"
He gives off another after his first arm is broken by Android 18, and then after being healed, goes off to do so by himself in the desert with...explosive results.
Series Continuity Error: Goes hand in hand with reusing certain clips for reaction shots, but a particularly noticeable instance happens in Episode 19. As part of the Wheel of Death TV show gag, the scene cuts to Freeza watching on the television Vegeta blew up in a previous episode and with a Dragon Ball behind him when all seven are currently being held by Ginyu.
Episode 28 has a clipped-in shot of Krillin flying away, dressed in his orange gi, although he had spent the last few episodes in the Saiyan armor.
In episode 38, Gero is never shown replacing his removed arm, but some shots show him with both anyway. This one's the fault of the source material, though.
In episode 43, when Piccolo and Cell are having a conversation, a frame shows a hole Cell caused before he actually powers up to cause it.
Acai: Lord Freeza, the Ginyu Force are scheduled to arrive in five minutes. Freeza: Thank you, Acai. Acai: Also, after rising concerns with our personnel...exploding, we've decided to form a union. Freeza: Adorable. (Acai explodes)
He resorts to this in the previous episode to end a rather uncomfortable discussion regarding Zarbon's sexuality.
Minion: Lord Freeza, Vegeta's broken out of the healing taAAAAAAANK-*BOOM!* Freeza: Oh no, that minion died. Could you go and fix that, we'll continue this conversation never. Zarbon: Um, didn't he say something about Vegeta?
King Vegeta in Episode 25.
Chichi threatens Krillin with this after Krillin asks what she would do if hypothetically he were to reveal the fates of Goku and Gohan after the fight with Raditz.
Not just shooting the messenger but she threatens to "Castrate the messenger in his sleep with a rusty carving knife." Ouch.
Shoryuken: Freeza performs one on King Vegeta in a flashback. He even shouted it, with accompanying an "You win!" and "Yatta".
Guldo:ZA! WARUDO! Krillin: What are you (time stop) going on abou- (a steamroller drops on him) Guldo: You see that? That was just a taste of my power! (A still intact Krillin lifts the steamroller) Huh? Krillin: Ow! What the hell was that? Guldo:(in disbelief) That... was supposed to crush you. Krillin: Gohan, did you see it? His power! He can— Gohan: Stop time? Krillin:--summon steamrollers! Gohan: Y-You sure about that? Krillin: Positive!
The line "Please don't break my arm" from Lord Slug Abridged is spoken like it`s being read from textspeak. This is possibly a reference to a troll on Second Life named Ralph Pootawn. He`s a big green creature that when is asked to "Plz" not do something responds with "No".
In episode 29, Goz sings a bit of "Haben sie Gehort das Deutsche Band?" from The Producers.
In episode 30, Part 1, when Goku goes Super Saiyan, he says a line that would make Darkwing Duck proud of him.
The blip.tv exclusive stinger for episode 30 Part 3 has King Cold and his men turning the maimed Freeza into Mecha Freeza mimicking Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith, complete with Big "NO!"
When Goku goes Super Saiyan in episode 30, Freeza stands there stunned and says "That's not funny."
Revenge of Cooler has a couple from the titular character.
In the Cooler Movie, Krillin mentions that he doesn't want to go pick up the Senzu beans because last time he forgot Korin's name and kept calling him "Whiskers the Wonder Cat", which is the name that was given to him in the infamous Harmony Gold dub.
Cell's introduction in Episode 42 has him singing "Mr. Sandman" in about the most terrifying way possible while dragging a corpse around and stalking Piccolo, which could be a reference to the Halloween franchise which has repeatedly used the song as a Soundtrack Dissonance Leitmotif for Michael Myers.
In "The Return of Cooler's Revenge", after Gohan gets kidnapped by the robots.
During the rehasing of The Dead Zone Abridged, the theme from The Dead Zone is playing in the opening.
Shown Their Work: In episode 19, Krillin says "I once had a crush on a little Indian boy that I thought was a girl..." This actually happened (with Upa) in Dragon Ball.
In Season 2's Stinger, Nappa reveals that he hired a "Mark Satan" to help him do a film. "Mark" is actually Mr. Satan's real name as revealed by Akira Toriyama.
Nappa also mentions that the name isn't just right and considers Hercule (the English name for Mr. Satan) as an alternative.
Toward the end of episode 30, when Yamcha's freaking out over Bulma dumping him, King Kai has Tenshinhan break one of Yamcha's legs. Yamcha screams "My good leg!" Tien broke Yamcha's left leg during the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai in Dragon Ball.
After Sauza is killed, his last words are that he'll see his cousin Jeice in Space Hell. Video game information often says that not only are Jeice and Sauza of the same race, but they apparently hate each other (nothing about them being cousins, though).
When Future Trunks introduces himself to Goku, his nervousness causes him to accidentally call him Sun Wukong. Sun Wukong is the name of the Monkey King from Journey to the West, which Dragonball was loosely based on.
When Piccolo criticizes Dr. Gero's decision to incorporate pain receptors in the androids, Dr. Gero's rebuttal is actually pretty accurate (pain may not be a pleasant sensation, but it's useful).
Piccolo: Ya know, I never really understood why you'd bother installing pain receptors. Kinda comes off as an intentional design flaw, if you ask me. Dr. Gero: Don't you criticize my methods like you understand the neural system! Pain is imperative to recognizing when you are in peril, to give the human mind conte-*Piccolo breaks his arm off*-EEEEEEEXXXXXTTTT!
The series itself seems to be full of references to inconsistencies and/or food-for-thought points that have been brought up either on this very wiki and/or on popular Dragon Ball fan forums. Such examples include Goku being an absentee father, this running in the family, Piccolo basically taking his place in Gohan's life, Gohan being psychologically messed up from everything he has to go through as a child, clues as to what goes on with members of the Planet Trade Organization when they're not being space pirates, Vegeta being a borderline-heeljerkass even when he's supposed to be one of the good guys�even the differences between all of Dr. Gero's androids in both morality and physical makeup are lampshaded to hell and back.
In Episode 44, when reading the blueprints for the Androids, Trunks says that Android 17 and 18's names are Lapis and Lazuli, respectively, as well as Android 16 being modeled after Gero's dead son. These are are all from a Q&A section in one of the full color volumes.
Freeza: Well, well, well. I'm legitimately surprised that I missed one of you. But that's just fine, because I've been working on some jokes. Now tell me if you've heard this one. How many Namekians does it take to— *gets punched and sent flying* Piccolo: Just one.
Freeza gets it again in Episode 28.
Freeza: Oh please, everyone's always on about the children. I already tried leaving them alive, but all they do is grow up under my rule or dedicate their pathetic lives to revenge. Usually both. Really, killing them this a kindess. I can retract that kindness if you wish, but then who's the villain? Goku: (totally lost) Y... you.
Sibling Rivalry: Although the two are never shown interacting with each other (just as in the actual series), Freeza and Cooler really hate each other. Freeza repeatedly calling Cooler a prick and all.
Then again, Cooler freely admits that he's a prick.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: When Vegeta is training in 400G despite being hurt, Bulma starts arguing with him over a video link. They start cussing each other out. Eventually, Bulma orders him to meet her in her bedroom in 10 minutes. And that is where Trunks comes from.
Slasher Smile: Vegeta shows a nice one, just after he gets a warm greeting by Namekian villagers who tell him where to find the next Dragon Ball. Cue the opening.
Ginyu has a hell of a slasher smile himself after punching a hole in his own chest, Kubrick Stare and all.
Freeza seems to have one all of the time.
Piccolo puts on a nice one after maiming Dr. Gero.
Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: The Christmas Tree of Might falls not only under Global Threat, but is classified as "Disney Evil" when Goku learns that it's sucking all the Christmas Joy out of the planet.
In Episode 27, while Freeza is terrorizing Vegeta and the others, Goku is sitting in his pod singing "Lime in the Coconut" and "Row, Row, Row Your Boat". King Kai and Tien actually join in on the last one.
Space Pirate: Bojack, who was a modern criminal type in-series (or rather, movie), but here is a traditional arrrr type, possibly to make up for the fact that he is a voice-only character.
SpaceX: From "space pods", "space armor", "space barns" and "space ducks", "space Twitter," "Space Skype," "Space Hulu," freakin' "Space Mexico" and "Old Space Yeller".
Lampshaded by Piccolo in episode 2, providing the quote on the SpaceX page.
Jeice: More specifically, Space Brisbane. Go Space Broncos! Gotta be careful though Burter, or a space dingo'll eacher space baby.
The "Space Brisbane" part was specifically to set up a donation request to help the real Brisbane, which was being ravaged by floods at the time.
Episode 20 gives us space sodas, space burgers, and a restaurant called Spacey's.
It's good food, in space
Episode 23 mentions Space Pickles, and Krillin mistakenly says Jeice is from Space New Zealand.
Planet Namek is the Space Boonies, according to Freeza.
Piccolo switched from Myspace to Spacebook.
There are even Space Eggs
Kai Abridged 2 gives us a new swear: Space Fuck.
For those who are curious, here's the complete list: Space Pods, Space Armor, Space Barns, Space Ducks, Space Twitter, Space Mexico, Space Skype, Space Hulu, Space Australianote Space Aus' for short, Space Brisbane, Space Brisbane's (presumably) space rugby team the Space Broncos, Space Dingos, Space Babies, Space Soda, Space Burger, a restaurant called Spaceysnote It's good food, in space, Space XXXXnote Space Australian Lager, Space VBnote Another Australian lager but described as piss., Space Boonies, Space Pickles, Space New Zealand, Space Cats, arguably Myspace, Spacebook, Space Eggs, Space Milk, Hot Space Potato, Space Hell, Space Frenchman, Old Space Yellernote Krillin: How is that a thing?!, Space Christ, Space Radio Shack, Space Best Buynote -Buy-Buy-Buy-Circuit City, Space Triple A, and "What the Space Fuck?"
In their playthrough of Halo: Reach, there's also a mention of Space Europe, Space China, and Space Guantanamo.
Spared by the Adaptation: The Kannasans, though they died in the original show, managed to miraculously repopulate, as said by Vegeta in episode 26.
Special Guest: Kyle Hebert (the voice of the narrator, teenage Gohan, and Ox King from the FUNimation dub of the actual series) makes an appearance as the narrator at the end of the second movie, which was before the official formation of Team Four Star but contained most of the original voices of this abridged series.
In Episode 33, we find out that Trunks was apparently taught the dub spelling, causing him to mis-pronounce Freeza's name as "Fry-za".
Spoiler: Shouted constantly by the people on Freeza Planet 419 (A.K.A. Kanassa) after the native species mysteriously repopulates itself. All of these are It Was His Sled to the fandom, but only the first has happened in-universe yet.
"Bulma and Vegeta have a kid!" "Cell reaches Perfect form!" "The real Buu is a child!" "Goten and Trunks become a guy!" "Gohan is the strongest in the universe but still doesn't do craaaap!"
Spoofed with Their Own Words: Radtiz's infamous line, "Excuse me, has anyone seen my arm? You can't miss it, it's green!" is quoted verbatim.
Subverted with the line "The name's Recoome. It rhymes with doom. And you're gonna be hurting all too soon." Rather than make fun of it, they turned the ham Up to Eleven and made it Recoome's Catch Phrase for his wrestling persona.
Squee: Goku does one when King Kai warns him about Freeza.
Squick: Many moments in-universe, most notably this conversation;
Dodoria: And that's why I was considered the most beautiful, and fertile, woman on my home planet. Before Freeza blew it up. Vegeta: He tends to do that. Also, huuuugh.
After Dodoria says she has a big meaty vagina, Vegeta kills her without hesitation all the while squicking over it in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged episode 2.
Stealth Insult: Possibly? Before his battle with Android 19, Vegeta laughs and says the idea of him being beaten by the android is "Precious".
Stock Phrases: Freeza keeps count of how many times he hears these from would-be heroes. He keeps track of even more than we do due to his constant exposure to heroic speeches; phrases such as "We're... going to... fuck your face!", which we would consider unique ones, he counts as stock, having heard it twelve times so far.
In the Bardock special, Freeza complains about having to hear said speeches.
In Episode 27, Goku finally gives one Freeza has never heard: "Imma deck you in the schnoz!"
Stock Scream: The Wilhelm Scream can be heard in the Bardock Special. Also, from the Bardock Special onwards, the dying screams of the characters from Team Fortress 2 are used for the deaths of almost all mooks.
Stoners Are Funny: Mr. Popo after dropping a gallonnote A hit of LSD is about 44 million times smaller of LSD.
Stop Helping Me!: invoked In episode 22, Super Kami Guru talks up Nail to Freeza something fierce...
Guru: Please. Nail isn't afraid of you. He is the strongest of our race! Freeza: Oh really? Nail: ...uhhh, sir? Guru: Yeah, Nail's gonna destroy your sorry ass! They wouldn't be able to air it on the news because it'll be so BRUUUTAL! Nail: Sir, seriously! Guru: Hush, Nail! I'm speaking for you.
Vegeta: Nappa, what are you doing? Nappa: It's his turn, Vegeta; I have to wait for him. Vegeta:(sputters in disbelief, as his nose starts bleeding) Nappa: You okay, Vegeta? Vegeta: Yes, just... just an aneurysm from the sheer stupidity. Nappa: Huh. Didn't think you were that stupid, Vegeta! Vegeta:(screams in rage)9 minutes, 18 seconds. 9 minutes, 18 seconds! Nappa: What's that, Vegeta? Vegeta: Happiest. Moment. Of. My life!
Vegeta:I'msurroundedby idiots. Goku: I thought you were surrounded by gumdrops and ice cream! [Vegeta screams in anguished frustration]
After Nail makes it clear to Krillin that he doesn't appreciate the nickname Krillin tried to give him...
Guru: Big Greeeeeen!
Vegeta and Zarbon in Episode 17 try to lay low and don't want to fly around like a jackass saying "I've got a Dragon Ball!"/"Come to papa, you bald bastard!". They were going to say "Come and get me, Freeza" but what they heard works too.
Chiaotzu (almost) correctly guesses that Freeza pulled a Taking You with Me when Goku proved to powerful to beat, since he tried the same thing. The almost comes from the fact that Freeza would have survived if he'd done it correctly, and Chiaotzu is instead guessing King Kai's line of thought.
Dende and King Kai thinking up the same plan to get the living people off of Namek, save Goku and Freeza.
In Episode of Bardock, the villagers start to sing on two different occasions. Both times they are stopped, first by Bardock and then Chilled, with both saying "No! None of that! Shame on you!"
Super Senses: Namekians and hearing. Piccolo can hear people talking... from the other side of the planet.
Gohan (stuck on top of a cliff) How am I supposed to get down from here? Piccolo (from really far away) CLIMB DOWN! Gohan: I can't even get any food or water! What should I do? Piccolo:I SAID CLIMB DOWN!! Gohan: If only I had some sticks or reeds lying around... I could make a makeshift ladder, or a rope... Piccolo:AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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 what the hubris in your wish is. Piccolo: (still distant) NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!
And shortly after that, when Vegeta figures out Gohan and Krillin have summoned Porunga without him:
Vegeta: Oh, you mother—*cut to Krillin and Gohan*—fuckers! Piccolo: (still distant) Ow, my ears!
Lord Slug's weakness, which Piccolo totally exploits; Piccolo rips his ears off first so he isn't affected.
In 34 when Piccolo overhears Trunks and Goku's conversation and laughing and taunting Vegeta:
Piccolo: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! Vegeta: What's so funny!? Piccolo:Your shirt!!
Planet Vegeta was blown up by falling rocks, not a Death Ball thrown by Freeza. At least, that's what its Wikipedia entry says.
P.S. Freeza rules you!
Gohan's stupid-looking watch tells time, and nothing else...
When Vegeta asks Krillin to almost kill him, we get a blend of this and Exact Words.
Krillin: And there's no reprecussion for this? Vegeta: I will not punch you. Krillin: Oddly specific.
Krillin doesn't listen to his instructions, so Vegeta threatens to punch him anyway.
Take That: The AWA special is an affectionate Take That to the crew at Daizenshuu EX... at least, we hope it's affectionate, considering they interviewed TFS on their podcast and played the video at their panel...
Goku: Man, this is worse than that time I was in high school, and all the guys called me "Geeko", and I was Piccolo's slave, I couldn't get ChiChi to like me, and... Oh wow, I hit that rock harder'n I thought.
And then there's this:
Nappa: Wait, Vegeta! Does that mean we've offended EVERYONE?! Vegeta: Hold on a minute, let me think... DRAGONBALL: THE MOVIE! Nappa: Haha...aha! Aaaaah, high school!
And then this jab at a certain dub.
Krillin: I know! I'm gonna call you Big Green! Nail: CALL ME THAT AGAIN AND I WILL SNAP YOUR NECK!
Vegeta says this to Gohan after he runs into him in episode 18.
There are several in the Bardock special, aimed at the later villians and the GT saga, when Bardock sees into the future as he is dying.
Bardock: But wait...wait, there's more. He fights...a giant green bug...man. And then a giant...pink...manchild. Oh no, it's dark again...where is... Para Para Brothers: *rapping and dancing* Bardock: ...and I now welcome the sweet embrace of death...
Speaking of GT, in Episode 20, when Vegeta introduces himself, the "Step into the Grand Tour!" rap from Funimation's GT dub (prior to the season boxsets) plays. He quickly says "Oh the fuck with this!" and attacks Recoome.
Krillin: It's been tough, but now we'll never have to see that rotten Saiyan ever again! [Vegeta crashes to Earth] ...Alive again. We'll never have to see him alive again. That's what I meant. Vegeta: They've broken my body... I've failed in my mission to find the Dragon Balls... I even lost my tail... but at least it can't get any worse... from here... Ghost Nappa: Vegeeeeta...
Krillin: Ow! This can't possibly get any worse. Popo: Hi! Krillin: AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! (Krillin Owned Count: 4)
Goku: Oh well, we won't need [all four senzu beans] on Namek!
Ginyu: This is RIDICULOUS! But at least I'm not trapped in some useless body. (Vegeta warps behind him) Vegeta:Give me a minute. (Beatdown ensues)
Dende: "I'm your white mage. And nobody fucks with the white mage." *Freeza'd*
Subverted, since Dende gets revived by Shenron and then, just to prove his earlier point and screw over Freeza, wishes everyone on Namek except Goku and Freeza to Earth. Nobody fucks with "the white mage", indeed.
One could argue that said "A-game" came in the form of an enraged Super Saiyan and a couple of wayward Destructo-Disks. God being God and all, the lightning strike was probably just a final warning of what was to come.
On Namek, Nail mentions that he wants something exciting to happen and doesn�t care what it is. It cannot be denied that an invasion from Freeza does make things less boring.
In Episode 32, Bulma and Vegeta both seem rather good at this.
Bulma: He's probably running out of fuel soon so God knows if he'll ever make it back here! Vegeta: (crashes to Earth) I'M BACK, BITCHES! Then later... Vegeta: The only thing I hate more than weaklings is the color pink! (Screams)
Ginyu: First off, we have to touch on Freeza's balls. Jeice: Uhhh, sir... Ginyu: Yes, yes, realized the moment I said it...
That's What She Said: Krillin's response to Burta's remark about being "the fastest in the universe."
Theme Naming: Parodied in Episode 25. In DBZ canon, most characters from a certain family, race or faction are all theme-named. In particular, the Saiyan race are all named after vegetables (which "Vegeta" itself is short for), so the "smartass" Saiyan who informs King Vegeta of Freeza's plans is named "Butaraga"note Rutabaga.
The primitive Saiyans in Episode of Bardock are all named after rappers.
In the same special, Chilled decides all his minions will be named after fruits, causing some confusion when he randomly starts issuing orders to their "new" names.
This Is Gonna Suck: Yamcha, from the moment he realizes he's the closest one to the androids' rampage to the moment he gets a fist through his chest, is entirely (and correctly) convinced that he's walking into one of the worst experiences of his life. To his credit, he goes anyway. Also, there's this:
Gohan: We have about 10 minutes before Vegeta finds out I stole this. *holds out a Dragonball*
Throw the Dog a Bone: Even while Nappa and Vegeta mock Krillin, Nappa points out that, "at least you've proven that your Raditz is still stronger than our Raditz."
A literal example between Vegeta and Guldo in which Vegeta throws dog treats at Guldo for his own amusement.
After learning that in Future Trunks' timeline, Yamcha commits suicide due to learning that Bulma was pregnant with Vegeta's child, Goku tells Yamcha that he's his friend. Trunks is also trying to be nice to Yamcha, and attempts to avoid saying the word "hanging."
Time Travel: In "Episode of Bardock", Bardock gets sent back to planet Vegeta, extremely far in the past, though he takes a while to figure this out.
Title Drop: Lampshaded and called out in the Christmas Tree of Might.
Episode 29's title, "Freezer Burn", gets dropped as well.
Too Dumb to Live: Freeza's honest view of Goku and all the nonsensical stuff he spouts out.
Freeza: N-no, that was a rhetorical question. Goku: And I gave you a rhetorical answer. Freeza: Good Lord, I traded Vegeta for this.
Goku: Wow, that was a close one. I was almost out of the frying pan and into the...lava. Freeza: How do you function?
Freeza: I just love how easy it is to get away with this s*** with you people. I mean I want to transform and you sit there and let me; I want to blow up the planet and you sit there and let me; I want to reach 100% power and YOU JUST SIT THERE AND LET ME!.
This is Bardock's assessment of the Kannasans. Just because they're psychic doesn't mean they're smart, a theory which turns out to hold water. Though they managed to repopulate later, so maybe they weren't as dumb as they appeared.
Let's not forget about Nappa.
Nappa: [after Krillin throws a Destructo Disk at him] Ooh, a Frisbee, Vegeta! Vegeta: Nappa, no! It's a trick! Nappa: But Vegeta, tricks are for kids. Vegeta: (Beat) You know what, on second thought, catch it. Catch it with your teeth.
Garlic Jr.'s minions in the remade Dead Zone. Upon realizing that the kid his minions kidnapped is the son of Son Goku, strongest man on Earth:
Garlic: Oh god, your father's Goku. Oh my GOD, you morons stole Goku's kid!? How? How did you steal Goku's kid?! Cinnamon: Well, first we beat up his wife. Garlic: Oh my shit.
There's also them trying to kill Piccolo, and by extension, Kami, and THEN try to use the Dragon Balls. They both realize it. Hell, even GOKU figured it out before them.
Kami: Wait so you tried to have me killed, then use the Dragon Balls. Garlic: What? Yow, what? Oh, shit. Wow, I dodged a bullet on that one! Thank god my minions are so incompetent!
Then not long after, when the minions realize Piccolo is alive...
Goku: Well of course he's alive, Kami's alive. I mean, you guys have used the Dragon Balls, right? Beat) Ginger: Oh wow, yeah, thank god we're incompetent.
Took a Level in Badass: Played straight and lampshaded with Goku, Gohan and the 'Z Warriors' in season 1. And then subverted in season 2:
Guru:[about Krillin] I see something within this young man: strength yet untapped, power yet unleashed. Now hold still, as I unleash the valley of strength hidden deep within![nimbus of lights surround Krillin] There. I have unlocked your hidden potential. Krillin: Huh... I don't feel that different. Guru:It wasn't that much. Krillin: Huh. So this is my full potential? Guru: Yes. Krillin: So it's... Guru: ...all downhill from here. Krillin: Like Yamcha. Guru: I do not know what this Yamcha is, but it sounds disappointing.
Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Krillin in season 2. He never bothers to learn Dende's name and berates him for going on about his family's death (though since he was resurrected before and naturally knows anyone can be brought back but its still pretty cruel). He also keeps being more cowardly and refusing to fight. Possibly that this may just be a result of everyone being a dick to him but its hard to feel bad for him compared to season 1.
Too Soon: An in-universe running gag, in which anytime Krillin makes an inappropriately-timed joke on the heels of a tragedy, or makes reference to a real-life tragic event, someone will yell back "Krillin! Too soon!"
Both Gohan and Dr. Briefs try to deconstruct the idea of Training from Hell by pointing out the longterm downsides, like horrible muscle degeneration, but both are ignored by their listeners, Piccolo and Goku.
A quick flashback to Gohan's training shows him on the run from a Tyrannosaur!
Vegeta: [Calmly] You know... I thought I'd be angrier, what with the utter humiliation and loss of my tail... Or maybe I'm just so unbelievably enraged that I've come full circle. Oh well! Either way it's time to put an end to this.
Then he calmly unburdens his shame of his defeat on Earth to Cui before blowing him straight to hell. It's starting to look like the only thing scarier than a raging Vegeta is a mellow one. And, of course, Mr. Popo.
"God, I love therapy."
And used twice when his attempt to explain his superiority fall flat due to stupid remarks from Goku.
Vegeta: I'm going to start beating you now. I don't know when I'll stop.
[Later, as he's about to crush Goku's body like a grape]
Vegeta: I'm going to enjoy this far more than I should.
King Cold had a rather jovial tone of voice after Freeza was killed. When Trunks says he thought Cold would be more pissed, Cold says he is, "Blindingly so".
Transformation Is a Free Action: Played with. Vegeta and Freeza's first transformations happen in seconds, with our heroes too shocked to react. Nail distracts Piccolo during Freeza's second one. He only gets away with his third one because Krillin used up too much power shooting Vegeta to make a Kienzan when Gohan asks him why he doesn't do just that. Gloriously lampshaded by Freeza when fighting Super Saiyan Goku.
Goku himself lampshades this in Revenge of Cooler, wondering why he allows the villains to do this at all. Although, like Freeza's first transformation, Cooler's transformation does happen pretty fast as well.
True Companions: The Z-Warriors minus Vegeta by the Android Saga. Trunks, believing he was one of them, asked how the group could be friends with his Jerk Ass father. Tien notes he was assuming a bit too much there.
Try Not to Die: When Krillin goes out to get the Namekian Dragon Balls' password, Vegeta offers him this encouragement.
Vegeta: Try not to get yourself killed out there, God forbid you make me happy.
In Lord Slug Abridged, Guru is Lord Slug's Evil Twin.
During an FAQ special, Bubbles answered the question of how the episodes were scheduled. Yes, the monkey. And no, they didn't have subtitles this time.
Unexplained Recovery: The entire Kanassian species miraculously repopulated after being exterminated and eaten by giant monkeys.
The Unintelligible: Lord Slug, prior to the granting of his wish. Also Neiz (the red guy who's part of Cooler's Quirky Miniboss Squad), goes from being able to speak normally in the original movie to this.
The Unpronouncable: Nobody seems to be able to pronounce the Japanese name for Piccolo's "Special Beam Cannon* (Makankosappo)", including Piccolo himself.
"Makansa... Makakasappa... Mekasappaaah, Oh to hell with it. Special Beam Cannon!"
"Makansapparappaka!!"(In Kai Abridged.)
Goku: "So are you just stealing Krillin's attacks now or should I look out for the Tri-Beam... or the Garlic Gun... or the Makankapotamus".
Cell manages to pronounce it properly, must to Kami's interest.
Also "What the HFIL?" in reference to the Bowdlerisation of "Hell" from the original American import. Similarly, there's an episode where Goku is driving (badly) while singing "I'm on the highway to HFIL" (also badly).
Bulma nearly dies, which she refers to as being "a wish".
Bardock: Useless-ass psychic powers! *take giant energy beam to the face.*
Viewers Are Geniuses: Some of the jokes are quite subtle and you'd really have to be in the know to get them.
The obscurity of some jokes was actually lampshaded at one point.
Vegeta: Oh God damn it Nappa, nobody's going to get that. Tien: As a matter of fact, I did.
Villainous Breakdown: As of Episode 24, Freeza finally hit his when Nail tells him that while he spent an hour flying to the middle of nowhere and then spent a further fifteen minutes ripping his arm off, Dende has given the earthlings the password to the Dragonballs, shattering his polite and mocking facade for good.
Freeza: I WILL F***ING MURDER YOU! Nail: Whatever.
He gets a second one immediately after when he realizes that his entire army, including his most elite fighting force, have been bested by a 26-year-old dwarf, a five year old half-breed (not present: his Saiyan father, who wiped four of the five) and a Saiyan prince (the last of which actually killed them all) he had written off as beneath his notice. Made for a bitchin' day.
Freeza Lampshades this in episode 25;
Freeza: Oh, I'm sorry. I'm usually far more composed. I'm just a little bit absolutely livid.
Then there's his entire fight with Goku. That seriously took a toll on Freeza's patience.
Freeza: That's stupid! You're stupid! Stop being stupid!
And it just keeps going downhill after Goku becomes Super Saiyan:
Freeza: You think now that you're this... so-called Super Saiyan that you're better than me—Lord Freeza?!WELL YOU'RE NOT!! I own you! I own your planet! I own this planet! In fact... F**K THIS PLANET!!!
Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged's version turns it into this gem:
Freeza:You f*ck me...YOU F*CK ME,YOU MONKEY F*CK!
And even later:
Freeza:SMASH MONKEY! SMASH MONKEY!!
Freeza goes through another breakdown when he sees Future Trunks go Super Saiyan.
Villainous BSOD: Freeza literally has one when Future Trunks cuts him in half, showing an actual Windows BSOD, then the screen itself splits as he does.
#19 suffers a similar issue when murder.exe suffers a fatal error and his eyes change to red circles with a white X (akin to the picture on error messages)
Vocal Evolution: Quite a few. Vegeta's voice is still very raspy, though not as low and growly and Christopher Sabatty as it used to be. Krillin's voice is also much higher and goofier than in the first season.
Voices Are Mental: Rather impressively averted. Goku and Ginyu, rather than keeping their own voices when they switch bodies, are stuck with each other's voices, but still talk like themselves. Other users of this trope should learn from them.
Goku still thinks in his own voice though, which also makes sense. As does Ginyu.
Freeza: I'm impressed, Vegeta. When did you graduate from Pull-Ups? Vegeta: About the same time you got off the rag.
Goku and Freeza do this in Episode 30:
Freeza: You're nothing but an overgrown monkey! Goku: And you're nothing but an overgrown that thing Chi-Chi keeps in her drawer!
Bulma and Vegeta in episode 34, as part of their Belligerent Sexual Tension. They even jumped straight to do the deed after almost 5 minutes of bickering. To put a short part:
Bulma: Don't you call me stupid! Vegeta: Well, then how about bitch!? Bulma: Arrogant dick! Vegeta: Spoiled sow! Bulma: F*ck you! Vegeta: F*ck you! Bulma:F*ck you!! Vegeta:F*CK! YOU! (beat) Bulma: My room, ten minutes.
Vomit Discretion Shot: Played straight, then immediately averted in episode 28. When Goku spins Freeza around holding him by his tail, Freeza doesn't make it a secret that he's going to puke. We don't get to see the actual moment... but we get to see, seconds later, Krillin getting hit by, well, the unavoidable byproduct, projected at high speed across Namek. It's just a couple frames, before it zooms out to the whole planet and we get an update to the Krillin Owned Count.
Voodoo Shark: When Bulma asks her mother why she never seems to age, she answers that it's because Dr. Briefs won't let her.
When Lord Slug somehow misses Goku with a giant energy blast despite being at point blank range, the only explanation we get is Goku's "lucky wristbands".
Warrior Therapist: Nappa claims that he majored in Child Psychology (WITH A MINOR IN PAIN!) and goes on about the values of healthy communication... right before pounding the crap out of the guy he was talking about (Tenshinhan) because they had interrupted him while he was talking to Vegeta.
On a less literal note, Vegeta becomes something like this, though only to himself. During his finale of Episode 10 he remarks about the possible reason behind his Tranquil Fury, and later on, after revealing the depths of his humiliation to Cui and then blowing him up to ensure that he would never tell anyone of it, Vegeta says that he loves therapy, and later on deliberately represses the memory of Dodoria's revelations. Considering that his anger seemed to have broke in Episode 18, his self-therapy doesn't really seem to be working very well.
Waxing Lyrical: Vegeta occasionally quotes lyrics from "You're the Best Around"
(whilst watching the Namekian warriors destroy Freeza's forces) Dodoria: ...Kinda killing our guys. Freeza: Oh, we have more of those things back at the ship. It's not like we're losing anything valuable.
Also Episode 31. In short summary, Marron is actually an agent of the States' Fraud Bureau who put on an act to get Krillin to reveal his insurance fraud. Also, Popo kills Garlic Jr. before he got to do anything along with his minions. Looks like we're headed straight into the Androids Saga earlier than expected.
Episode 40. The tone of the episode shifts greatly at the end as the threat of the Androids is played completely seriously. And then Kami reveals that somethingworseiscoming. Cut to an underground lab...
Just don't press the start button. [slowly] The start button. Don't press... thestartbutton.
What Happened to the Mouse?: Minor one: Since in this version Vegeta does kill off Captain Ginyu, why doesn't he show up at King Kai's planet with the other Ginyus? Unless he's still a frog in the afterlife of course.
A lampshaded case is the wish to bring back everyone killed by Freeza and his men. Vegeta gleefully points out that this leaves out the villagers he killed.
Yamcha gets chewed out for not warning the others that 19 and 20 can absorb energy until after Goku fires a Kamehameha. Reflects his Butt Monkey status since Krillin also knew this but never warned them either.
Piccolo chews Kami out for stalling so long in fusing with Piccolo despite a major in running loose on earth, and for trying to give his job over to Goku, whose kid Piccolo has watched more then he has.
Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: As in the original series, Bulma makes this suggestion when Goku tells the group about the androids. Only Vegeta just shoots it down instantly, wanting the challenge.
When wishing back Goku Shenlong suggests just wishing Vegeta and Nappa dead, while Roshi ignores his advice (originally Oolong suggests this only for Roshi to point out the in-story reason why that won't work)
Worf Barrage: After a spiriting pep talk from Vegeta's ghost, Goku fires up his Kaioken and unleashes a devastating Kamehameha beam against Freeza, culminating in a massive explosion. Up to this point whenever Goku yelled "Kaioken!" to power up, it resulted in him beating down his opponent thoroughly. However this time when the dust settles, Freeza is shown to have withstood the attack with some effort, but is mostly unscathed.
The Worf Effect: Like, every Z warrior except Goku and Gohan. Then again, justified due to the series it's based on.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Gohan proposes such scientific strategies as knocking down Ape Vegeta due to his weight ratio and escaping Dodoria due to his size and mass when it should be clear he is in the fantasy world of Dragon Ball Z.
Goku even thought Vegeta's Oozaru form would be slowed down due to the increased mass, and was in for a rude awakening when that wasn't the case.
Gohan got books. He also got Icarus, but lost him for the same reason. Then he got him back for the Lord Slug movie. Then Icarus gets eaten. And Icarus is back again for the upcoming Revenge of Cooler movie. Goku calls him emergency food (probably doubles as a Shout-Out to Excel♥Saga).
Yet Another Christmas Carol: Parodied at the end of the Christmas Tree of Might special. Ghost Nappa warns Vegeta that he will be visited by three ghosts. They're all Ghost Nappa.
Goku: Do you know what a minute is? Freeza: What? Of course I do. Goku: I don't think you do.
You Killed My Father: Dende gets a little of this when he refuses to heal a dying Vegeta because Vegeta helped annihilate Dende's entire species.
Dende: Oh, I'm sorry. I can't hear you over the blood of my people on your hands. Vegeta: Oh no, do not be that guy right now. Dende: Oh, I'm going to be that guy right now.
Subverted, though, in that Dende is in fact convinced to do it, if only because Freeza is busy transforming into his most powerful form and Vegeta needed the power boost from almost dying to even have a hope of matching him.
Piccolo: Now go heal Vegeta. Dende: Why would I do that? (Freeza shown mid transformation) Piccolo: Because that. Dende: Oh yeah, that's happening right now.
Your Mom: Several. For instance, an offscreen extra does one toward Bardock when he tries to warn everyone that Freeza's going to blow up the planet.
Bardock: We need to raise an army! Random Female Saiyan:Your Mom's an army!
Vegeta to Cui:
Cui: Where are you off to in such a hurry? Vegeta: Off to plow your mother. Cui: Hah! Shows what you know, Vegeta! We reproduce asexually. Vegeta: Gross. Out of my way.
Cui: I could have got here sooner, but I stopped on the way to plow your mother! Vegeta: ...My mother's dead. Cui:I know.
A similar exchange happens between Vegeta and Final Form Freeza in episode 27. It's much less funny this time.
Freeza: Now that we're done here, its time to send you crying home to mommy. Vegeta: (Badly wounded) My mother's... dead... Freeza: I know.
From the same episode as the second Cui/Vegeta exchange:
Freeza Goon A: Damn man, you couldn't hit the broad side of a space-barn! Freeza Goon B: Yeah well that's only because I'm too busy hitting the broad side of Your Mom! *gets pwned by Gohan and Krillin*