- Sadist Teacher: Mr. PopoKami: 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.
- Santa Claus: The Misfit Minions in "Christmas Tree of Might" are on Santa's permanent naughty list for various reprehensible acts, while Turles is mad that Santa never visited Planet Vegeta; Santa himself appears to give Goku the motivation he needs to defeat Turles and reveals that the Saiyans always tried to shoot down his sleigh whenever he approached their planet.
- 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.
- Schmuck Bait:Popo: (to Garlic Jr. who just insulted him and has no idea what he's capable of in this universe) "Oh please, do go on."
- The Scream: Krillin in episode 13, though he's prone to shrieking in horror anyway. Just usually not to the extent where it goes on longer than a minute and can be heard miles away.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.
- Vegeta gives off the granddaddy of all screams in episode 18. It can be heard from EVERYWHERE.
- Screaming at Squick: Bulma hits on Future Trunks. She flirts with him by saying "I'll be your mommy" in reply to finding out he's a "momma's boy". On the outside, Trunks looks calm. On the inside however, totally different story.
- Screw Politeness Im A Senior: Pretty much any character over 50 is shown to be a Jerkass of some kind.
- And considering some of the characters are several centuries (if not several millenia) old, their unpleasantness will sometimes go over 9000.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
- As Freeza and Vegeta are fighting, Freeza's scouter keeps counting higher and higher before reading, "F**k This, I'm Out" and exploding.
- Selective Obliviousness: Kami doesn't notice Mr. Popo's Alternative Character Interpretation, even when it's directed at him.
- Self-Deprecation: The final scenes of both (so far) Dragonball Z Kai Abridged episodes.Episode 1:Yugi: This has HOW many subscribers?Episode 2:Nappa: Aaaaand unsubscribed.
- Self-Parody: Dragonball Z Kai Abridged, which parodies the very concept of The Abridged Series by retelling the entire first season in two minutes.
- Sentai: The Ginyu Force. Vegeta lampshades this by asking Gohan if he's watched any (how he'd know of those shows on the other hand...).
- Space Hulu.
- Figures.Gohan: Vegeta, if you don't mind me asking, what are we in for?
Vegeta: Ever watched Power Rangers?
Vegeta: Ninja Turtles?
Vegeta: Sailor Moon?
Vegeta: VR Troopers?
Vegeta: Samurai Syber Squad?
Vegeta: ...Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills?
Gohan: Oh yeah!
Vegeta: God dammit!
- 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.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Gohan manages to make this sound badass, who is usually treated with a Flat "What." before he tells them in laymen's terms.Gohan: I'M GOING TO EVISCERATE YOU, AND USE YOUR GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT AS A CONDOM WHILE I FORNICATE WITH YOUR SKULL!
Gohan: I'M GONNA SKULL*** YOU!
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Bulma and Vegeta's sex scene. They only show the outside of Bulma's house in the night while the audio is humping...and Vegeta revealing he doesn't know what a condom is.
- She's A Man In The Original Series: Dodoria.
- Ship Tease: Bulma dreamed about Vegeta coming to rape her. Okay, yeah, not the best tease, but they do canonically hook up, so...
- Shoot the Medic First: Directly from the source material, but Dende is nice enough to point out that he's the white mage and no-one fucks with the white mage, before being blown up.
- Shoot the Messenger: Freeza in Episode 18.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.
- He resorts to this in the previous episode to end a rather uncomfortable discussion regarding Zarbon's sexuality.
- Shoryuken: Freeza performs one on King Vegeta in a flashback. He even shouted it, with accompanying an "You win!" and "Yatta".
- Shout-Out: Beside ones to other Abridged Series, there are shout outs that range from Pokemon to Looking for Group.Nappa: For pony!
- This scream by the Ricola guy in episode 2 (shown in this point in the video) sounds a bit like R2D2's scream.
- In Episode 4, Piccolo's line "Everyone of Gohan's race can become a giant gorilla" is delivered in the same manner as an almost identical line given by Turles in the infamous Big Green dub.
- From Episode 6: "YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL PYLONS."
- Episode six has one for The MonarchGreen Bug: Welcome to Oz, bitch! Yes, you (Vegeta) with the spiky hair, you're going to be my bitch! I'm going to sell you for a cigarette but not before I violate you because you're my bi-
- The TV reporter who is asked for a word to describe how dead Yamcha is gets addressed as "Mr. Kent". He also tells Jimmy to get a picture of the bald one.
- That one is more of a brick joke. Superman from episode five (The Hall of Justice scene) is voiced by Hbi 2 K, as is, "Mr. Kent."
- "No." "Don't be rude, Nappa."
- Krillin's Butt Monkey nature comes to a head, which devolves into a rage-induced FinalFantasy Limit Break attack. Comes complete with the End-of-battle victory theme.
- "Vegeta, I can't...believe it!" When Krillin and Piccolo do their
multi-form techinqueTwin Jitsu.
- In the announcement video of how the series will be hosted at That Guy with the Glasses, Vegeta portrayed himself as "The Nostalgia Saiyan".
- "You couldn't hit the side of a space barn!"
- A parody of the Ghostbusters theme is featured at the end of episode 10.
- When Vegeta cuts Oozaru!Gohan's tail, he starts singing a familiar song
- The insult "team-killing fucktard" is used in Bardock Abridged.
- "This season. You." Possibly doubles as a shout-out to Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Abridged, considering Antfish is a member of Team Four Star, and Lanipator made a guest appearence as Mr. Popo in that series.
- A more obvious one to ATHF is the
- A more obvious one to ATHF is the
- "Damn it man, I'm a doctor, not an English teacher!"
- From the Bardock special:(Bardock is under the pile of the dead bodies of his teammates.)
Bardock: Oh, God! It's true! You do soil yourself when you die! Oh, God, it's everywhere! It's in my Dodoria wounds!
- The title for Episode 13: Dr. Briefs Made This Episode In A Cave... WITHABOXOFSCRAPS!
- In Episode 14, Krillin references the AC/DC song "Big Balls" when he sees the Namekian Dragon Balls.Krillin: Whoa, those things look huge! AC/DC be damned.
- Krillin calling Dende "Little Green" might be a reference to the UK dub, in which Piccolo was referred to as "Big Green"... which Krillin calls Nail. Nail responds by threatening to snap Krillin's neck if he calls him that again.
- During the Curb-Stomp Battle between Zarbon and Vegeta, while Vegeta is being head butted by Zarbon, he can be heard saying narf, zort, poit and troz.
- From episode 17:Vegeta: M-my power is maximum◊...
- Also from Episode 17: Appule can be seen playing Tenkaichi Budokai 3 as himself fighting Bardock. Doubles as a Call Back to the Bardock: TAS special.
- Gozu and Mezu from episode four of season one introduce themselves and speak in German accents just like Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon's body builder characters Hans and Franz from Saturday Night Live
- When the Ginyu Force landed on Planet Namek in Episode 18, they greet Freeza, saying "We're here", in a manner oddly similar to a group of villains synchronize when they're speaking along with having a very shallow and grave voice. (Alternatively, it could be a reference to Poltergeist. Or both.)
- The Albino Namekians could be a reference to the White Martians: they're white, the other sentient species on the planet is green, and the two races don't get along too well.
- Episode 19: As he fights Gohan and Krillin, Guldo (who can stop time) does something in particular.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?
- Vegeta pulls a "Look at your X, now look at me" in episode 19.
- The Spaceys restaurant is is parody of the Sonic Drive-In restaurant chain.
- The uncensored version of Vegeta's Cluster Bleep Bomb has the line "find me in the Alps", a Shout Out to an edited line from the TV version of The Big Lebowski.
- In the Christmas Special, Piccolo says to Turles, "Bitch, you look like Goku."
- Piccolo and Turles also reference Harry Partridge and his "Nicholas Cage Wants Cake" short.Turles: You want this kid?
Piccolo: I want him.
Turles: You want this kid?
Piccolo: I want him.
Turles: You want this kid?
Piccolo: I want him.
Turles: You want—you want—
Piccolo: I WANT THAT KID!
- In the Bardock Special, there are numerous shoutouts to Image Boards and the memes prevalent on them:Dodoria: That Bardock's a pretty cool guy.
Zarbon: He conquers planets and doesn't afraid of anything.
Freeza: Doesn't afraid of anything indeed.
- And the whole of Episode 20 to Professional Wrestling.
- Super Kami Guru tells Dende that he could be Batman.Dende: I don't know who that is!
Super Kami Guru: This is why we need TV!!!
- Vegeta finishes off Recoome and Burter with a Renegade interrupt.Goku: Vegeta! That was not very Paragon!
Vegeta: Renegade for life.
- When Goku asks if Vegeta actually lost to Recoome:
- A great one in Episode 23 as Jeice meets his demise at the hands of Vegeta:Jeice: (right before he dies) Clever girl.
- Again in Episode 23Vegeta: (after getting punched by Jeice) Thank you, sir. May I have another?
- In Episode 24: "Stop right there, Namekian scum!"
- Also: "SUMMONITSUMMONITSUMMONITSUMMONIT-"
- When Mr. Popo is seen growing pot at the end of Episode 24, he is humming "Because I Got High" by Afroman.
- The Wilhelm scream is referred to as such in episode 24, when the soldiers are discussing, and trying to imitate, it. Then they actually do it with some "help" from Vegeta.
- In Episode 25, one of Gohan's Unstoppable Rages references another character famous for them:
- After Krillin cuts Freeza's tail off in Episode 25, you can hear him make Curley and Zoidberg's 'whoop' sound as he runs.
- In Episode 25, Councilor Nappa appears to be wearing a particularly familiar yet oddly concerning choice of hats◊.
- Piccolo's Big Damn Heroes moment in Episode 25 accompanied by theme music for a different Demon King.
- Lord Slug says Get Over Here/Come Here when he extends his arms to grab Goku.
- Also, after Lord Slug has conquered earth.
- Piccolo comments that Freeza's third form will make Ridley Scott sue them. This is a reference to Chris Rock's line from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back''.
- The following is an odd reference to GTA IV;Krillin: I'm an optimist.
Vegeta: You're an idiot.
- Who else but Vegeta should make a 40K reference in Dragonball Z? This was said during his Beam Spam attack in Episode 27:
- Vegeta isn't the first person to use the phrase "Super Saiyan Swagger".
- 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.
- In episode 30, Part 2, when Vegeta rising from his grave:Vegeta: When there's no more room in hell, Vegeta will walk the—[notices Namek collapsing on itself]—other hell. What the hell?
- Not the only Romero reference in episode 30. When Guru is eaten alive his last words are "Choke on them".
- According to Bulma, her father is a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.
- 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.
- Episode of Bardock includes a after credits sequence that references a famous Dub-Induced Plot Hole by having Bardock refered to as a "brilliant scientist" who admits he's working on a "fake moon thing."
- Also in Episode of Bardock, when the primitive Saiyan Tupac gets blown up by Chilled, Dr. Dre calls him a "big... small guy"
- The primitive Saiyans try to sing "Welcome Christmas" from How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to both Bardock and Chilled. Both stop them before they get any farther than the first eight words.
- Episode 32 is entitled Battlefield Ee-arth.
- There's a subtle one in episode 32 when Gohan and Vegeta ask for their suits of armor, with Vegeta sounding a bit like a certain ice-themed superhero...Gohan: Mom, where's my Saiyan suit?
Vegeta: (with an "urban" accent) Woman, where is my Saiyan suit?
- When Future Trunks goes Super Saiyan and Freeza loses it, the theme for a different alien cyborg starts playing...Freeza: EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!
- In Episode 34, Future Trunks' time machine vanishes to the iconic TARDIS sound effect.
- Later in episode 33 when Trunks is lifting up Freeza's planet-destroying-attack the opening theme from The Lion King plays.
- And this from episode 33:Vegeta: Wait a second! Did someone drink the last Hetap?! I'll kill you!
Krillin Woop, woop, woop, woop, woop!
- 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.
- The title of episode 34 is "News of Future Past".
- From Episode 35 we have this:Goku: (talking about the androids) I wonder if they dream of electric sheep...
- As well as this:Piccolo: Look! In the sky!
Goku: Is it a bird?
Piccolo: It's the androids!
Goku: ...my second guess was a plane.
- In Episode 36, there's a point when Doctor Gero proclaims "bully!"
- In The Stinger to Episode 37, Nail and Piccolo continue to discuss new attack names with references to various other series:
- In Episode 38, the Cybermen theme plays when Androids 17 and 18 are awoken.
- One word: Inconceivable!
- 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.Piccolo: "I'm coming!"
Vegeta: "I am Vegeta, Prince of all Saiyans! Last of my royal blood, bringer of death, destroyer of worlds, and wrecker of your shit!"
- Also, a shoutout to the fic Bringer of Death is (perhaps unintentionally) made during Vegeta's Badass Boast:
- When the Big Getti Star beeps after Cooler reveals how he survived, Cooler replies with "Shut up baby, I know it!"
- After Cooler tells Goku that the Big Getti Star gave him regenerative power, he says "But enough about me, let's kill you!"
- The music that plays during Cooler's regeneration is the theme of the REGIS mk. V.
- Goku's line to Vegeta when the two destroy a metal Cooler is a reference to the Garbage Pail Kids movie.
- In episode 28, after a one-liner, Goku thanks his brain, which responds "You're welcome" in the voice of Orson Welles. Later in the same episode, while drowning, Goku asks his brain for a status report, only to receive the response "...gaaaaaablaaaahh frozen peas...," referencing a blooper reel that has reached Memetic Mutation status.
- 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-heel jerkass 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.
- Also in Episode 44, Goku has a dream imagining himself as "Pirate Goku" and "Ninja Goku".
- In the next episode, Goku mentions after waking up that he's learned all of the plot details that he missed from his "pirate dream," and that he also had a "ninja dream," but it ended. In the time between 44 and 45, Naruto had ended.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Freeza attempts this on Goku in Episode 30 when he interrupts his Badass Boast by shooting him in the face. Goku No Sells it and finishes anyways.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Delivered to Freeza in Episode 25.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.
- Freeza gets it again in Episode 28.
- 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.
- Single-Biome Planet: Namek, which is lampshaded by Piccolo as soon as he's wished there.Piccolo: Ugh... Everything looks the goddamn same on this goddamn PLANET!
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Piccolo"Anyway, I figure, in order to unleash your hidden potential, I'd have to put you in immense physical danger, so I'm gonna throw you at that mountain."
- Hilarity Ensues when it doesn't work.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Ginger, one of Garlic Jr.'s minions in Dead Zone Abridged, is very foul mouthed. He swears just about every sentence.
- 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.
- Smoke Shield: ParodiedKrillin: Did we get him?
Gohan: Krillin, we can feel his energy, why do you even bother asking?
Krillin: I'm an optimist.
Vegeta: You're an idiot.
- Smug Snake: Dr Gero tries to be one. Problem is, reality refuses to live up to his confidence, resulting in many hilarious outbursts interrupting his Hannibal Lecture.
- So Last Season: Piccolo's weighted clothing.Piccolo: Don't think you have the upper hand. I'm still wearing weighted armor.
Freeza: Weighted armor, hm? How quaint. How much does it weigh?
Piccolo: Same as it always did. One hundred kilo's... [Beat and Slasher Smile from Freeza] Oh. That concept kinda lost meaning after a while, didn't it?
- Something Only They Would Say:Gohan: Krillin, that's not my dad!
Krillin: Gohan, of course it's your dad! Goku, what's your favorite food?
Goku/Ginyu: Waldorf salad.
Krillin: See? Double Baconatohsh*t.
- Later:Goku: [dazed] Yay, I'm me again!
Krillin: Wait... Goku, what is your favorite food?
Goku: [confused] ...Favorite?
Krillin: He's him again!
- Soundtrack Dissonance: This plays while Nappa annihilates the Earth's military. From Nappa's perspective, though, the music is very appropriate, since he considers it to be his best day ever.
- Freeza's "favorite things" song.
- 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.
- Cell invokes this trope by requesting "Video Killed the Radio Star" at a radio station before killing them in Episode 44.
- So Unfunny It's Funny: 19's retort to Vegeta's insults.19: Registering insult... Retort: You are short and your hairline is receding.
- 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.
- Lampshaded once again when we learn that Jeice (who had an Unexplained Australian Accent in the original series dub) comes from Space Australia.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 Brisbane, Space Brisbane's (presumably) space rugby team the Space Broncos, Space Dingos, Space Babies, Space Soda, Space Burger, a restaurant called Spaceysnote , Space XXXXnote , Space VBnote , 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 , Space Christ, Space Radio Shack, Space Best Buynote , Space Triple A, and "What the Space Fuck?"
- In the Episode of Bardock Abridged special, Chilled's men temporarily play themselves off as the Space Police. note
- In their playthrough of Halo: Reach, there's also a mention of Space Europe, Space China, Space Guantanamo, Space Obama, and Space Alcatraz.
- Spared by the Adaptation: The Kannasans, though they died in the original show, managed to miraculously repopulate, as said by Vegeta in episode 26.
- Nappa, he even makes it big in Hollywood.
- Special Edition Title: The Ginyu Force episodes use their title sequence instead of the regular.
- 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.
- Hebert also provided his voice for the role of Santa Claus in the Christmas Tree of Might special.
- Christopher Sabat, the voice of Vegeta in the Funimation dub, makes a cameo as the voice of two technicians in the Bardock Special.
- Becomes utterly hilarious when you think he and Lani are in pretty much the same role, what with voicing the majority of the cast and all.
- And Christopher Robin Miller of Professor Layton fame. He gives Bubbles a classy British accent in Lord Slug Abridged.
- David Eddings, voice of Claptrap and credited as Lee Rastus, plays a robotic organ harvester in Cooler 2,.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In episode 17, Vegeta almost used the dub spelling of Freeza's name in his note.
- 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.
- Played straight with Piccolo's chant after fusing with Nail. He says exactly what he did in the original dub, only this time Nail (inside Piccolo's head) interrupts him to make fun of him for it.
- 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.
- Trunks gets freaked out when Bulma (his mother) comes on to him. When she finds out that he's her son from the future she is likewise disturbed
- Vegeta (and Freeza's) reaction to the solar flare
- Stay in the Kitchen: Dr. Briefs to his wife.
- Stay Where You Are And We'll Shoot YouKrillin: Don't you mean "Or we'll shoot you"?
Mook: We know what we said.
- Stealth Hi/Bye:
- Ginyu pulls the Hi part on Vegeta twice.Ginyu: Hi Vegeta.
Vegeta: Hi Ginyu.
- In episode 43, Krillin manages to appear next to Trunks without him noticing.Krillin: I affectionately refer to it as "stealth mode".
- Ginyu pulls the Hi part on Vegeta twice.
- Stealth Pun: Recoome's leitmotif is "At Doom's Gate" from DOOM, punning on his famous "Recoome rhymes with doom" line.
- 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.
- And as for the more common ones?Namekian Elder: That...that wasn't part of the deal!
Freeza: Aaaand FIVE HUNDRED! Dodoria, show 'em what they've won!
- 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!"
- And as for the more common ones?
- 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.
- The Wilhelm Scream is discussed by a pair of mooks in episode 23. They're discussing it and trying (and failing) to imitate it; they get it right when Vegeta kills them.
- Stoners Are Funny: Mr. Popo after dropping a gallonnote of LSD.
- Stop Helping Me!: 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.
- Straight Man:
- The hilariously violent Vegeta does not suffer fools lightly.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'm surrounded by idiots.
Goku: I thought you were surrounded by gumdrops and ice cream!
[Vegeta screams in anguished frustration]
Zarbon: Vegeta! How dare you ram into me when I'm thinking about Lord Freeza and my thong.
Vegeta: Yeah... just going to ignore that one entirely.
- Tenshinhan, while ironically being labeled gay, seems like a straight guy, almost on par with how he's portrayed in the English dubs of DB and DBZ.Tenshinhan: I'm the only serious character in this show. That's the joke.
- Also, Nail, especially in comparison with Butt Monkey Krillin and his senile and Ax-Crazy master, Guru.
- Gohan has so far been this for the heroes.
- Piccolo (when not being The Loner) puts up with an awful lot of Goku's idiocy and Nail's inane small talk
- The hilariously violent Vegeta does not suffer fools lightly.
- Strange Minds Think Alike:
- 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.
- Gohan and Vegeta singing Don't Stop Me Now in episode 18.
- 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!"
- After Nail makes it clear to Krillin that he doesn't appreciate the nickname Krillin tried to give him...
- Stupid Chancellor: Nappa to King Vegeta.
- Stupidity Nosebleed: Nappa makes Vegeta have one in episode 9.
- Stupid Sacrifice: Even Piccolo realizes that he could have simply grabbed Gohan rather than take the hit for him.
- Sudden Humility:Gohan: With this powerup, I'm now as strong as you were when we fought on Earth!
Vegeta: Congratulations! You're still weaker than the last 3 guys I killed.
Gohan: Wow. I now know what it's like to feel like Krillin.
Krillin: Sucks, doesn't it?
- 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...
- Similarly: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.What?
- 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!!
- Suicide as Comedy: The fate of the space orphans in episode 12.Cutter: Everyone! Take your cyanide pills!
Shot of Yamcha's hanging corpse
- Played darkly straight in Episode 34, where Future Trunks reveals that Yamcha kills himself upon learning that Bulma is pregnant with Vegeta's child. Even Goku is taken aback.
- "Super Sentai" Stance: The Ginyu Force, as expected. In Episode 22, Goku tells Ginyu it's boring, and an offended Ginyu says that he makes these poses to raise morale.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Vegeta uses these exact words when he realizes Goku's no brighter than Nappa.
- Also Freeza, much to his chagrin.
- Later subverted when Ginyu, quirky as he might be, calms Freeza down with sensible advice.
- Also Freeza, much to his chagrin.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial:
- 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.
- Planet Vegeta was blown up by falling rocks, not a Death Ball thrown by Freeza. At least, that's what its Wikipedia entry says.
- 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...
- Another one is directed at Dragon Ball Evolution: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 there's this:
- 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.
- Also from Episode 20...Vegeta: Wrestling's fake.
Crowd: *boos him*
- In the Lord Slug specialDr Briefs: Quick, get me Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, and Aerosmith!
Oolong: What about Ben Affleck?
Dr Briefs: (sharply) What about bacon? (Remember that Oolong is a talking pig)
- In the Episode of Bardock special, Bardock himself utters this towards his own plot line!
- Also in the Episode of Bardock, Lord Chilled and his minions, disguised as the Space Police, say they are there to catch evil space criminals and other ne'er do wells. What does Dre say?Dre: I can assure you we have already exiled Chris of the clan Brown from our planet.
- When Android 19 dies he says "Your 30-Day Free Trial has expired. Would you like to purchase Win RAR?"
- As Vegeta and Nappa land on earth, one of the buildings they hit on the way down reads "Saban Capital Group."
- Another one is directed at Dragon Ball Evolution:
- Take That, Audience! / Take That, Me: When Recoome's introduction turns into a send-up of pro wrestling, this is Vegeta's response: "What kind of sadistic retard watches this crap?"
- Take Off Your Clothes: Vegeta to Krillin and Gohan in Episode 24.Vegeta: Now both of you... strip.
Vegeta: I've got body armor for you.
Krillin: Less awkward.
- Apparently, King Yemma has been having newly dead arrivals remove their clothes for laughs. In episode 28:King Yemma: Next! Strip. (stamp.) Next! Strip. (stamp.) Next! Strip. (zipping sound, King Yemma leans forward.) Nice!
Recoome: Recoome thanks you.
- Apparently, King Yemma has been having newly dead arrivals remove their clothes for laughs. In episode 28:
- Taking You with Me: Lord Slug to Goku in Lord Slug Abridged.
- Talking Is a Free Action: Averted, as Jeice found out the hard way. Several times.
- Also averted by Freeza, who is more than happy to power up while the Z fighters are busy talking. He even lampshades how easy it is to get away with it around them.
- Talk Like a Pirate: On King Kai's planet, Bojack is given a pirate accent, it's currently unknown if this will stick.
- Talk to the Fist: Jeice repeatedly gets interrupted by being punched by Goku in Episode 21.
- Technology Levels: Unknown where Earth is, but Freeza is seen using Wikipedia, SpaceTwitter, and Space Skype.
- Vegeta watches Space Hulu.
- Vegeta watches Space Hulu.
- Temporal Paradox: When Trunks asks Goku to keep his birth a secret from his parents or else he might not exist in the future. Goku who's an Idiot Hero, points out the Temporal Paradox.Goku: Wait, but if you don't exist; then you don't come back in time. But then you could never tell me. Which means I never know. You'd still be born and... Why does everything smell like copper?
- Tempting Fate: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...
- Earlier:Krillin: Ow! This can't possibly get any worse.
Krillin: AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! (Krillin Owned Count: 4)
- Then later:Goku: Oh well, we won't need [all four senzu beans] on Namek!
- Still later:Ginyu: This is RIDICULOUS! But at least I'm not trapped in some useless body.
(Vegeta warps behind him)
Vegeta: Give me a minute.
- And then...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.
- Arguably, Freeza tests his limits as well.Freeza: If I'm so evil, then let God strike me where I stand. (cue bolt of lightning... which doesn't harm Freeza at all) Ha, nice try, jackass! Next time, give it your A-game!
- 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!
Vegeta: The only thing I hate more than weaklings is the color pink! (Screams)
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: You wouldn't even think about it until after the reveal, but Dodoria is pink.
- And looks like she has lipstick and eyeshadow on. Not to mention her going nuts whenever someone calls her fat.
- That Came Out Wrong: From episode 23: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 .
- 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.
- The primitive Saiyans in Episode of Bardock are all named after rappers.
- Theme Tune Cameo: In Episode 17, Bulma is humming Romantic Ageru Yo, from the original Dragon Ball, when Krillin arrives with the Dragon Ball he got from Super Kami Guru.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Happens often, but a memorable moment is after Popo knocks Krillin off Kami's lookout (Krillin Owned Count: 3)Popo: Enjoy the climb back up, bitch!
- Vegeta seems to be fond of this trope:Vegeta: [after stealing Freeza's Dragon Balls] Later, bitches.
Vegeta: [after stealing a Capsule Corp. spaceship] Sayonara, bitches!
Vegeta: [after returning to Earth] I'm back, bitches!
- Taken to the extreme with Krillin's "bitch rant" at Bulma.
- In Episode 33, one of Freeza's soldiers is more eager to fight Trunks than the rest:Man, move yo' bitchin' bitch-ass over, bitch.
- Vegeta seems to be fond of this trope:
- 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*
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Played with as Piccolo insists this while Tenshinhan fights Nappa... despite the former's desperate pleas for help.
- 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."
- 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.
Garlic: Oh god, your father's Goku. Oh my GOD, you morons stole Goku's kid?! How? How did you steal Goku's kid?!
- And then:Goku: Wow, that was a close one. I was almost out of the frying pan and into the...lava.
Freeza: How do you function?
- Later still: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:
Cinnamon: Well, first we beat up his wife...
Garlic: Oh my shit.
Kami: Wait so you tried to have me killed, then use the Dragon Balls.
- 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.
Garlic: What? Yow, what? Oh, shit. Wow, I dodged a bullet on that one! Thank god my minions are so incompetent!
Goku: Well of course he's alive, Kami's alive. I mean, you guys have used the Dragon Balls, right?
- Then not long after, when the minions realize Piccolo is alive...
Ginger: Oh wow, yeah, thank god we're incompetent.
- And then:
- Too Funny to Be Evil: NAPPA.
- 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?
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 Dumbass: Goku's getting stupider with every episode. And it's hilarious.
- 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!"
- Training from Hell: Played straight (though hilariously) with Piccolo. Subverted with King Kai. And then there's the Training Montage. Taken to its literal extreme with Mr. Popo. Check out 2:45 for a sample.Gohan: So, how was your training, Krillin?
[Krillin freezes as he hears Popo's mocking laughter in his head]
Krillin: [weeping] First rule of Popo's training! Do not talk about Popo's training!
Gohan: Why are you crying?
Krillin: SECOND RULE OF POPO'S TRAINING!
- Training Montage: This AMV sums up the training leading up to Vegeta and Nappa's landing. And it. Is. awesome.
- Tranquil Fury: How Vegeta responds to having his tail cut off.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.
- Also Bulma's answer to Krillin's "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- And Freeza can do it too, though the tranquility isn't always stable.Freeza: Oh, I'm sorry, I'm usually more composed. I'm just a little bit absolutely livid.
- In Episode 30, it actually makes (Super Saiyan) Goku temporarily smarter.Goku: Gohan, take Piccolo, find Bulma, get back to the ship.
Gohan: But what about you?
Goku: If Piccolo dies then all of this was pointless! Take him, get to the ship, and get out of here!
Gohan: This is surprisingly well thought-out for you.
Goku: ...Gohan? Where should you be right now?
Gohan: The ship?
Goku: THE SHIP!!!
- King Cold had a rather jovial tone of voice after Freeza was killed. When Trunks says he thought Cold would be more pissed, Cold cheerfully replies "Oh, blindingly so."
- 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.
- 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.
- Trapped In Villainy: It gives us a fairly strong hint that Zarbon and at least some of Freeza's other men are this.Freeza: You know, Zarbon, I'm starting to think my people don't understand what I pay them for.
Zarbon: You don't pay us—
Freeza: —allow them to live for.
- [Trope Name]:Nappa: Hilariously derailing one-liner.
- 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.
- Twist Ending:
- 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.
- Unnecessary Combat Roll: Piccolo does a series of backflips to gain some distance from 17. Nail and Kami immediately lampshade how impractical this is, considering he could just fly.
- The Unpronouncable: Nobody seems to be able to pronounce the Japanese name for Piccolo's "Special Beam Cannon* ", 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, much to Kami's interest.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal:
"That thing's a GUY!?!?!"
- Krillin initially assumes Freeza is a woman.
- And then in episode 15, we get an inversion from Dodoria.
- Unstoppable Rage:
- Vegeta in episode 18. It even drives him temporarily insane, until Gohan powering up snaps him out of it.
- Also, just like in the show Gohan is known for these in general - only now they're even more exaggerated.
- Unusual Euphemism:Goku: Holy black on a Popo!
- 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".
- Vegeta has a meltdown in one episode, his words being bleeped by Jeice's malfunctioning scouter. The stinger of that episode shows his unbleeped rant, which is a string of unusual euphemisms.
- One of those euphemisms, "Find me in the Alps", is repeated by Dr. Gero a few episodes later.
- Useless Superpowers: The ability to see the future is often less than productive.Bardock: Useless-ass psychic powers! *takes 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.
- The obscurity of some jokes was actually lampshaded at one point.
- 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!
- 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!!!
Freeza: You f*ck me...YOU F*CK ME, YOU MONKEY F*CK!
- Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged's version turns it into this gem:
- 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)
- Villain Protagonist: Let's not kid ourselves, Vegeta is pretty much the protagonist for the first half of season 2. And he's most definitely a villain. For the moment.
- Villainy Discretion Shot: Vegeta slaughters an entire Namekian village while the opening credits play.
- 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.
- Voice of the Legion: "I AM CHAMPION CHRISTMAS!!!"
- "WHERE'S MY BABY?"
- 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.
- Volleying Insults: Nail and Vegeta do this to each other in episode 18.
- A little between Freeza and Vegeta in Episode 25: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!
Bulma: My room, ten minutes.
- A little between Freeza and Vegeta in Episode 25:
- 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. note
- 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"
- We Can Rule TogetherDodoria: You and I, we can team up against Freeza! Rule the universe...as husband and wife.
Vegeta: Repressing in 5!...4!...3!...2!...1! *BAM* ...And repressed.
- Zarbon later tries this (minus the proposal). Vegeta tells him he's already heard it.
- We Have Reserves:(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.
- Lord Slug goes through soldiers like copy paper.
- Well, This Is Not That Trope: Played straight at the beginning of the Bardock special:Narrator: Long ago, on a planet long forgotten by time, a young hero was born; a righteous Saiyan warrior who would bring peace to the galaxy. This... is not his story.
- Wham Episode: Episode 24.
- 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 something worse is coming. Cut to an underground lab...
- Wham Line: Episode 17:Zarbon: Well, I need to call my girlfriend.
Kami: The Androids are a threat, yes. But they are paltry compared to what I fear comes next...
- Episode 40:
- What Does This Button Do?: Goku launching his ship by pressing the exact same button Dr. Briefs told him not to press.
- 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.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: "We could use whales! WHAAAALES!" 3 episodes later, Nappa kills them.Nappa: I sank their battleship! And their whales.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- 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.
- What Would X Do?:
- Goku contemplates what Yamcha would do while fighting with Vegeta. Cut to a flashback of his unceremonious death. He moves up to Tien and uses the solar flare.
- Gohan tries to use his father as such an example. Cut to a flashback of "Bye, son!"
- Who's Laughing Now?: Guldo, a few minutes before he's brutally murdered.
- 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.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Team Four Star's fake Episode 2.Vegeta: You got Vegetowned!
- Also, the end of Christmas Tree of Might. Krillin gets a girlfriend, Marron from filler, but doesn't get to keep her as she's not canon.
- 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.
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Said by Vegeta when his explosive technique didn't kill the heroes.
- Pretty much invoked by Piccolo when Cell reveals his origin.Cell: I'm sure, by now, you're more than familiar with my father - Dr. Gero!Piccolo: Oh, God damn it.Cell: But, wait! There's more!
- Pretty much invoked by Piccolo when Cell reveals his origin.
- You Keep Using That Word: Invoked by Goku (of all people) against Freeza.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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Then appears as a Call Back in the next episode:
- 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*
- Vegeta to Cui:
- You Will Be Assimilated: What Mr. Popo did to Blue Popo.
- Add Garlic Jr. and presumably, his minions to the tally.