Aborted Arc: The Garlic Jr. Saga basically becomes a non-event when Garlic Jr. and his henchmen have the misfortune of running into Mr. Popo.
Achievements in Ignorance: Goku is able to obtain a muffin on his spaceship because he erroneously believes there's a muffin button.
Dr. Briefs: ...Where did you get that muffin? Goku: Muffin button. Dr. Briefs: But I never installed a muffin button! Goku: Then where did I get this muffin...?
The mysterious muffin button also enables mind reading, somehow.
In the second TFS Podcast, Kaiserneko confirmed a fan theory he found that he believed explained it perfectly: the ship is Goku's original ship from when he landed on Earth, which used Freeza's technology. A muffin button existed on the ship before Dr. Briefs took a crack at it, because Freeza's ships have the technology to synthesize their own food.
Goku's death counts as well.
Krillin: Goku, you can't die! Here! I brought a senzu bean! Goku: I don't think that's gonna work. Krillin: Why not? Goku: I sort of have a hole in my esophagus. Krillin: Wait, then how are you breathing? Goku: *dies*
Megami33 also cameos as Sailor Moon at the end of episode 4 to comment on her thoughts about Piccolo blowing up the moon.
One of the fake Namekians in Episode 12 off-handedly mentions two guys who "just wanted to play a children's card game," a reference to LittleKuriboh, who by that point had become an official cast member.
Lanipator's brief stint as Freeza is an allusion to voice actress Linda Young. Both Freeza and Yu Yu Hakusho's Genkai are voiced by Young, whom Lanipator's performance is based on.
The character of Guldo is basically Dio from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged. Antfish... does NOT voice him. But he does voice Ginyu.
Little Kuriboh makes an allusion to his own role as Yami Yugi. When Freeza changes into his second form, he becomes larger and gets spikier horns. It's only appropriate that he uses his DAN GREEN voice for this form. The voice in general is not an allusion, as it predates the Kai dub by months.
In the Tree of Might special, Tien reveals that he is Jewish. Gan Xingba, who voices him, actually is Jewish.
Actually Pretty Funny: Subverted. Freeza makes a Double Entendre pun while dishing out a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on Nail. Nail begins to chuckle, and Freeza thinks that Actually Pretty Funny is in effect. Then Nail reveals that he's actually laughing because he suckered Freeza into spending an hour flying nowhere special and then beating up a hopelessly outclassed opponent while Dende was heading back to Krillin and Gohan to help them use the dragonballs. Freeza quickly stops laughing.
Later played darkly straight in Episode 30:
Freeza: Come on now, give me something funny. Goku: You... killed my best friend! Freeza: Ha! That is pretty funny. Hilarious, actually.
The half-hour finale to season 2 was in itself 12 episodes of the show compressed. According to Lani, this was for the better because some of the episodes they included dragged at an unbelievable pace. They cut the events of one out entirely because oh how much it slows the plot down (when Gohan goes back and tries to fight Freeza).
The Garlic Jr. Saga is compressed into one episode, thanks to Mr. Popo.
Adaptation Induced Plot Hole: Rather than the Death By Despair induced by his people dying, Abridged Guru dies because of an unrelated heart attack (he explicitly states he doesn't care about any of the other Namekians dying). In spite of this, Guru is still revived by the wish to bring everyone Freeza or his men killed. This could be explained as his heart spontaneously restarting, which is what lines like "actually dying this time" seem to indicate.
Goku's fight with Freeza takes a sudden and unexplained shift from them being evenly matched to Freeza effortlessly trouncing him due to Freeza powering up being skipped, the footage from Freeza powering up instead changing to Freeza being struck by lightning from God, and it does nothing to him.
Going from the pinball gag where Freeza enters his high score, it seems that he's already at half power, as the other scores match up with the characters power levels at that point. Though it does open a new plot hole concerning why nobody mentioned their opponent suddenly getting several times more powerful.
In the source material, Present Trunks (but not Future Trunks) could easily become a Super Saiyan at a young age because he was conceived after Vegeta became a Super Saiyan. However, in this series, Vegeta gets Bulma pregnant before he becomes a Super Saiyan.
A Death in the Limelight: A sort of common pattern in the Namek Arc; whenever a character storywise is going to die in the upcoming episode, they read the disclaimer. Otherwise, it's a character that gets the focus (usually Vegeta). Made painfully obvious in episode 29.
In Episode 12, Krillin has to go a month with Bulma walking around in her underwear and no "alone time" because the toilet keeps yelling at him. He is finally able to relieve that tension in Episode 13.
Bulma: It's everywhere!
In the beginning of Episode 20, Burter, Jeice, and Recoome briefly talk about the last time they felt the urge.
Nappa: (looking at Tenshinhan getting pissed that Nappa just killed his friends) Oh Vegeta, I think I made him mad. Should I talk to him about it? The first step to solving your problems is healthy communication. (Tenshinhan tries to punch him) That was very rude. I was talking to VEGETA! (beats the crap out of Tenshinhan)
The Ginyu Force, with a special mention to the extremely polite Captain Ginyu.
Lord Guru is a senile, bloodthirsty despot. It gets even better with an alternate interpretation of Abridged Guru, after he gives Nail a falseRousing Speech. He knew Nail was going to die. Why not give him some hope of coming out of it alive?
Toolo (that surviving Kanassian Alien from from Bardock: The Father of Goku), who is oblivious to the fact his people are destroyed, probably because he couldn't tell the difference between his visions and the present moment anymore.
"I CAN SEE THE FUUUUTURE!!!"
Freeza gives us one that explains a little too much: The Namekians are space rednecks.
Guldo trying to be nice to Vegeta in the past is quite the opposite of their encounter in the source material.
In the main series, Ginyu cares very little about his men and even plans to replace them with Freeza's mooks before even finding out if they've succeeded in their mission or not. Here, he's undoubtedly loyal to Freeza and while firm with discipline, he and the rest of the force have a mutual respect for each other...except for Guldo.
Jeice's voice actor in the FUNimation/Saban dub (using Ocean Studios) gave Jeice something of a Liverpudlian accent. Chris Sabat at FUNimation took that and turned it into an outrageously exaggerated Aussie twang instead. TFS beats it into the ground and pisses on it for good measure by turning Jeice into a full-on overly-jingoistic Larrikin.
Krillin: WE GET IT, YOU'RE FROM SPACE AUSTRALIA!!!
Whenever Goku is being crushed in a giant villain's hands, he squeaks like a squeaky dog toy. It is amazing.
"Why does everyone laugh when they do that? That's my ribs crushing my lungs!"
Arguably, this can also apply to when Freeza grabs Goku from behind, eliciting a single squeak and an exclamation of, "Bad touch!" before Goku then pummels Freeza in a spoof of when Freeza was tenderizing Vegeta's kidney.
Angrish: Nappa drives Vegeta into a truckload of this.
During his fight with Vegeta, Goku took Nappa's place.
In Episode 18, Vegeta is driven to a very immense rage. His scream is so loud, it covers the planet, reaches into space, breaches the barrier between life and death, and travels through time so Future Trunks can hear it. He then goes into a minute-long incoherent "conversation" with Krillin.
Vegeta: I am here for it... Dragonball... I need that Dragonball... Give it to me... One you took... Need my wish... SHUT UP GHOST OF NAPPA! I'M NOT CRAZY! YOU'RE CRAZY! ESPECIALLY YOU, NAPPA! Now, Dragonball. Hands please.
Freeza: "Tell me. Have you ever heard of planet Vegeta?" Nail: "N-no? Freeza: "Funny. Because that's exactly what I expect the next person will say when I ask them about Namek!"
Arc Fatigue: Lampshaded In-Universe in Episode 24, where Krillin randomly is surprised at the fact that they're still on Namek. He also gives the fourth wall a nudge by noting that it feels like it's been a year since they got there, which is how long it's taken to do Episodes 13-24. (For the curious, the events in those episodes take place over six days.)
Vegeta: That...reminds me. Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious? Zarbon:(affronted): Did— Did I what? Vegeta: Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious? Zarbon: What? No! God, no! Vegeta: Oh, thank God! I j— wait, what do you mean by that? Am I not good enough for you?
Bulma's nightmare about Vegeta seems to be setting this up.
Are We There Yet?: Nappa to Vegeta during their flight to Earth. Their year-long flight.
Are You Done Yet?: Bulma and Ginyu do this to rants by Krillin and Vegeta, respectively.
King Yemma: And not just any mahogany! But mahogany from the planet Malchior 7! Where the trees are 300 feet tall and BREATHE FIRE! From these trees this desk was forged 2000 years ago using ANCIENT BLOOD RITUALS OF THE MALCHIOR PEOPLE! Not only does this make my desk NIGH INDESTRUCTIBLE, but it can BEND THE FABRIC OF THE UNIVERSE ITSELF! [beat] ...Also it's a very fine material. Very expensive. Kami: O...kay.
Authority Equals Asskicking: A simultaneously humorous and chilling example as Mr. Popo's explains the "pecking order" to the Z-Fighters receiving training: You - The Dirt - The Worms Inside of the Dirt - Popo's Stool (shown as a black box with the word "Censored" stamped across it) - Kami - Popo. A confirmation is even presented after Mr. Popo knocks Krillin off Kami's Lookout (increasing his "Owned Count") after asking a question out of turn, despite asking if anyone had any.
Chi-Chi's violent outbursts are feared by Krillin.
Also Guru. "Kill it like the rest."
Back from the Dead: Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Tien, Yamcha, Chaotzu, Krillin, and all the Namekians, except for the ones from the village Vegeta killed on Namek. Since they wished back the ones killed by Freeza and his men, and Vegeta wasn't one of Freeza's men anymore, those Namekians are still dead.
And in another change from the original series, Nappa is revealed to be alive in The Stinger of Episode 30 (Part 3), since Vegeta was still working for Freeza at the time he killed Nappa.
Bacon Addiction: Goku takes his very seriously. So much that, instead of a heart virus, Future Goku dies from...
Future Trunks: High cholesterol.
Goku: From what?!
Future Trunks: According to the coroner, too much bacon.
There's also Super Kami Guru. Though his worst phase seems to be over, these days he settles for being a Cloud Cuckoo LanderJerkass.
It's revealed in Lord Slug Abridged that much like Kami and Piccolo, Guru and Slug split from the same Namekian, and that Guru is the evil one.
Badass: Goku manages to be an even bigger one in the Abridged series than in the main continuity, due to his fights being radically cut down in time.
Badass Boast: Played with a lot, given the prevalence in the source material:
Piccolo: "Yeah. That's right. I can take anything you can dish ou-oh God there go my organs."
Vegeta's is a rather unusual case. He manages to make a Badass Boast to Cui about how he got destroyed on Earth.
Recoome delivers an absolutely epic one in Episode 20.
Recoome: "Vegeta! You think that just because you're the Prince of all Saiyans, you're the best there is at what you do, but let Recoome tell ya somethin', brother, you ain't no Wolverine, and you ain't got what it takes to step up to a FIVE-TIME CHAMPION! You see, Vegeta, you sit there and brag about how the Saiyans are the mightiest warriors in the universe, how they're the most ruthless, but look where they are now...DEAD! You talk about your legends, your warrior race, and your pride, but that doesn't mean a damn thing to this man! BECAUSE THE NAME'S RECOOME, AND IT RHYMES WITH DOOM, AND YOU'RE GONNA BE HURTIN', ALL TOO SOON!"
Freeza derails a Namekian by keeping a running tally of how many times he's heard a particular Badass Boast. The Namekian tries to utter an original phrase, but Freeza has already heard "We're going to fuck your face!" twelve times. Admittedly, it was less common than "We're here to stop this senseless slaughter of our people" (92), "Now you're going to pay" (355), "We are the ones who will stop you" (419), or even "You insane bastard" (190).
Later, Goku delivers a boast even Freeza hasn't heard before.
Goku: Soooo, are you that Freezer Guy?
Freeza: I am Lord Freeza, yes.
Goku: Awesome! Imma deck ya in the shnoz!
Freeza: I...I'm sorry. That's a new one!
Subverted again twice in Episode 25, as Vegeta already knew Freeza could transform and cuts him off, while Freeza grows increasingly bored with Vegeta's speeches about the Super Saiyan.
Gohan gets one in Episode 26 before taking on Form 3 Freeza.
Gohan: Hey Freeza! The human body is composed of 75% water! I am 100% DEATH! HAVE SOME!
Even Freeza gets one in Episode 28.
Freeza: You know what the difference between you and I is? You can punch a board and it will break in half. I can punch a board and wipe out its entire race.
Super Saiyan Goku gets one in episode 30.
Goku: I am the hope of the Omniverse. I am the light bulb in the darkness. I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger. I am the Alpha, and the Amiga.note Not a misspelling; he pronounced it wrong. Unless you're a fan of Classic Doctor Who. This could also be a reference to the Amiga line of computers, produced by Commodore in the 1980's.I am the terror that flaps in the night. I am Son Goku! And I am a Super-*blasted by Freeza before finishing* ...Saiyan.
When presented with the whole "five minutes" thing:
Goku: Oh, well than I'll have to kill you in four.
Future Trunks delivers a good one when Freeza dismisses him as a mere distraction until the Super Saiyan shows up.
Future Trunks: Oh, well. If you're looking for a Super Saiyan...I can fill the part.
Burter: Speed of light and strength of all Recoome: The Ginyu Force shall make them fall! Jeice: We're King Cold's army's strongest force Guldo: We'll beat them all, secure the course! Ginyu: If trouble meets us as we pass Ginyu Force:WE'LL SHOVE OUR FIST RIGHT UP THEIR ASS!
Bigger Bad: While Vegeta was the Big Bad of Season 1, Team Four Star made it pretty clear that Freeza was lurking around the corner. And during the Ginyu Saga of Season 2, Cooler and King Cold's names was thrown around.
The Toilet in Kami's Spaceship. It speaks Japanese when Dr. Briefs tried to fix it, but it was set to a "language he didn't know." Later, when Krillin tries to use it twice, the toilet speaks in German.
Dr. Briefs: Damn moonspeak!
The toilet speaks three times in German. It says, "I'm filled with pisswater!", "Shit in my face!", and "No!" The last one is briefly heard before being destroyed.
One of the evil minions happily flashes back to the time where he raped Rudolf.
And later with another henchman.
Krillin(after hearing the henchman's story of how he killed a cancer patient): God, you are one of the worst mall Santas ever — right behind those ones that molest kids! Minion: So I'm the worst mall Santa? Krillin: Oh, come on!
Blatant Lies: Vegeta does this in Episode 21. Goku asks Vegeta what happened to him, and Vegeta says he fell down some stairs. When Krillin attempts to call him out on this, Vegeta threatens to throw him down a flight.
Goku blames Icarus's death on Vegeta in order to get Gohan to attack him. This is not true.
Guru does this in Episode 22 when he tells Nail he can kick Freeza's ass. As soon as Nail flies away to fight Freeza, Guru calls him a fool and says that if he had bothered to train Nail properly, he might have stood a chance.
Even Dende pulls one on Krillin.
Dende: The better question is, why did I tell him he was immortal?
Blofeld Ploy: Freeza does this to Minion 43 when he gets fed up with Zarbon's incompetence.
Freeza: Minion 43 could you come to the bridge? I need an example. Minion 43: An example of what Lord Freeza—(explodes) Freeza: You see that, Zarbon? That's you if Vegeta is not in front of me in the next 10 minutes. *beat* Bye.
Vegeta:(angry)SO WHAT'RE YA DOIN'? Gohan:(scared) What am I doin'? Vegeta: WHAT'RE YA DOIN'? Gohan: Nothing much. Vegeta: THWARTIN' MAH PLANS?! Gohan: Thwartin' your plans?! Vegeta:ARE YOU?! Gohan: ..... Yes.
Freeza spends the first part of Episode 27 assessing his situation (with all those dead subordinates and all) while effortlessly dodging Vegeta's attacks. When he gets to what to send the Ginyus' families, he considers gift baskets and wine before kicking Vegeta's ki blast back and deciding on gift baskets with wine.
In Episode of Bardock, Bardock, upon unexpectedly waking up in a normal bed, thinks that Hell should have beds made of spikes, spiders, or spiky spiders ("spikers").
In Episode 31, Maron asks what Yajirobe's and Korin's children would look like: fat men or kitties. Korin responds "fat kitties."
In Episode 33, when Trunks brought the group to where Goku will landnote and he brought snacks:
Trunks: Now I'm sure you're all wondering why I brought you here.
Freeza: Oh good! I'll stop by [Earth] on the way home. Get some space eggs, some space milk, and BLOW IT THE F**K UP!!!
Another example during Episode 20, when Recoome explains that the only things he sells are his merchandise; we see typical Recoome memorabilia (cap, action figure, etc.), and then the last thing that pops up is a Recoome vibrator.
Breakout Character: Nappa. They brought him back for season 2; his being dead at this point in the original series (and therefore not having any footage of him on Namek) didn't stop them; they just turned him into a ghost.
Break the Haughty: Both Vegeta and Freeza are subject to this as they each realize over the span of a few episodes that they're fighting an utter moron and losing.
Brick Joke/Call Back: Almost every joke that isn't a Running Gag. Noteworthy examples would be the whaaaaaaaales, "What smells like deer," and the narrator's bet with King Kai.
When Gohan asks Krillin if he hears Vegeta's bloodcurdling scream of rage, Krillin replies, "I feel that." Later, when Gohan asks him if he feels Freeza's energy as he's powering up, Krillin says, "I taste that."
In Episode 25, the Solar Flare is Dodoria as a fat woman, as Freeza is the one who receives it.
Gohan brings up Peach Farming when fighting against Recoome:
Gohan: "I'm not going to back down. I may be younger than you, smaller than you, weaker than you, and much less experienced, but I know way more about Peach Farming than y— I think this was a horrible decision."
In 2009, Team FourStar made "Yamcha the Scarfaced Bandit", a parody of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer". One year later, guess what the minion Yamcha attempts to fight is playing on his scouter?
In the Bardock: Father Of Goku special, Freeza contemplates calling Cooler, but decides against this, citing his reasons as "No, he's a prick." Cooler is later seen in his ship and deems not to fire on Goku's pod. His reasons? "Because I'm a prick." This joke carries on into a later episode when Freeza is wondering what he'll do first once he becomes immortal. He eventually decides that he'll "slap Cooler right in his smug, prick face!" And on his Space Twitter profile, the message below his boast about blowing up Planet Vegeta says "@Cooler- You're a prick".
When Krillin and Gohan hide from Freeza and his men in Episode 14, Krillin makes a quacking noise and Dodoria comments on the majestic sound of the space duck. In Episode 21, Goku hears Krillin screaming in pain due to his beating from Recoome... and thinks it's a duck. In Episode, 25 he tries to fool Freeza into thinking he's a space duck. While right in front of him.
In Episode 16, Guru wants Nail to gather the dragonballs to wish for a plasma screen TV. In Episode 21, he compares Dende's loss of everyone he ever loved to the origin of Batman. When Dende has no idea who that is, "See! This is why we NEED TV!"
After two exclamations of "No! My space <NOUN>!" from Raditz, Piccolo exclaims, "We get it, you're from space!" Much later, after Jeice finishes a sentence chock full of Australian slang, Krillin shouts, "We get it, you're from Space Australia!"
In Episode 11, when Krillin sees Gohan's new hairstyle, he likens Gohan to Moe Howard. Then in Episode 18, Vegeta says the same thing when he meets Gohan mid-flight.
In Episode 21, Jeice gets repeatedly punched by Goku, while trying to remember what Captain Ginyu told them to do in such a situation. When Ginyu is actually present in Episode 22, he calls him out on it.
In Episode 23, Bulma yelled at Gohan and Krillin by saying that she fought a giant crab and killed one.
Episode 24 has so many:
We found out what happened to the Albino Namekians.
George Takei strikes again!
Vegeta's "scream" occurs. Piccolo yells out, "Ow! My ear!"
This dialogue between Vegeta and Gohan returns from Episode 18, but with different results.
In Episode 25, Piccolo mentions something about Nail adding him on MySpace. This goes back to the contents of Episode 1.
Lord Slug Abridged mentions Freeza Day, the misfit minions, and Goku saving Christmas from the Tree of Might special. When Slug goes giant, he crushes Goku and laughs when Goku squeaks, just like when Vegeta did the same as an Oozaru.
Gohan's comment that the mountain Piccolo was throwing him at looked more like a plateau gets repeated by Vegeta, when Freeza is throwing him into one.
Vegeta's Legendary Super Saiyan Rant;
Freeza: I feel like we've been here before, have we been here before?
During the credits to the Christmas Tree of Might, it gets mentioned that one of Piccolo's gifts was a bigger part in the next movie. Sure enough, his role in Lord Slug was key to the good guys winning and probably the most memorable thing about that movie.
At one point, when Freeza calls Guru a slug, he replies "Leave my brother out of this!". We learn that he's the Evil Twin of Lord Slug in the Lord Slug film.
In episode 27, when Freeza is going to attack.
Gohan: So that means we should-? Piccolo: DODGE!
Freeza likes to keep count of all sayings and speeches he gets from opponents. In episode 27, Goku gives him a new one.
Goku: So are you that Freezer guy? Freeza:[beat] I am Lord Freeza, yes. Goku: Awesome, Imma deck you in the shnoz! Freeza:[beat, followed by dropping Vegeta humorously] Vegeta: Ow. Freeza: I'm sorry, that's a new one.
Episode 28 brings an end to the "Kaio-ken/Kaio-what?" running gag.
Episode 29 has Goku send Piccolo to hold off Freeza while he charges his attack, as payback for Piccolo getting him to do the same thing against Radditz in Episode 2.
Piccolo: Di...did you just hold a grudge?
Episode 30 Part 3 where Goku mentions how everything on Namek that "looked the same before now looks all the same but on fire."
In Episode 11, Popo says, "See you when you get back! Except...this season ...you" to Krillin. In Episode 29, right after Krillin gets killed by Freeza, Popo appears in the stinger, saying "Called it!"
During Freeza and Super Sayian Goku's battle in episode 30 part 2, Freeza gets behind Goku and grabs him around the chest and he squeaks like when Vegeta squeezed him when they fought.
When Guru confesses his sins as he's dying in episode 30 part 2, he admits that he shifted the blame on the Albino Namekians after causing a drought. This fulfills two Brick Jokes at once: The great drought we overheard random Namekians talking about in episode 16 and Guru explains, as Freeza had disgustedly asked in episode 22, that's how he got so fat.
When escaping the destruction of Namek Goku gets distracted by an ACTUAL Muffin button.
In episode 20, Ginyu said told Freeza that he was contractually obligated by his brother Cooler to perform the "Daddy's Little Princess" dance after completing a successful mission. In The Stinger for episode 30, part 3, King ColdNote Freeza's father calls Freeza "my Little Princess".
In episode 18, Vegeta yells at (a hidden) Gohan, saying "Show yourself before I turn this place into a barren wasteland. So basically the same only on fire." In episode 30, while trying to escape a doomed Namek, Goku says "Everything looked the same before. Now it all looks the same but on fire!"
In episode 24, Popo claims the plants he’s watering is pot. In episode 30, his first line is "I'm so f***ing high right now."
At the start of Episode 29, Krillin reads the usual legal disclaimer, then gets told by an off-screen "producer" not to "worry about your check, we'll send it to your next of kin". (Krillin's reply: "What?!") In Episode 31, Krillin reveals that he really did have next of kin: himself, thanks to a huge life insurance policy he took out on himself before leaving for Namek (which was first mentioned in episode 15).
In a fridge heartwarming variant, Krillin explaining Karma to Dende. Dende asks if, by doing a great act of goodness, he can get his family back. Krillin dismisses it, but come the end of the season, his family gets brought back partially because of his own actions
Vegeta announces his leaving Earth and his returning to Earth the same way.
When Freeza thinks he's finally killed Trunks in Episode 33, the end of his boast ends in "cadaverific."
Krillin (by everyone) to the point of having a special counter whenever he is disrespected (usually someone beats him up, but in Episode 2, Krillin got owned when Master Roshi told him to shut up, and in a Season 2 episode, Krillin owned himself after screwing up a witty one-liner).
If it isn't Krillin, it's normally Yamcha.
Lampshaded in the second FAQ special where the question "Why do you guys pick on Krillin so much" in answered with "Because Yamcha isn't around as much".
Also, when Yamcha launches into a panicked rant upon the pending return of Freeza, Krillin responds with "You know what? If he wasn't doing it, I would."
Raditz (by his teammates) with the constant references to how weak he was.
Vegeta seems to be suffering a good deal of psychological trauma as well, especially in Season 2.
Nail is one toward Guru.
Guldo to Vegeta, who treats him like a dog, and even to the rest of the Ginyu Force.
Icarus, who gets eaten whenever he appears in the Abridged movies.
Bulma: Gotta admit, even with the broken ribs, you really... Wait... Vegeta: What? Bulma: Where's your condom? Vegeta: The fuck's a condom?!
The Caligula: Guru's reign during his prime was apparently "terrifying."
Call Back: Piccolo mentions that he switched from MySpace to "Spacebook" in Episode 25.
In Episode 26 he mentions how he just assumed he could connect to the Internet with his antennae when Nail mentions he has apps.
In Episode 3, Piccolo tells Gohan that he's going to throw him at a mountain in order to draw out his hidden power. It doesn't work. Gohan corrects him, saying that it looks more like a plateau. The scene is repeated in Episode 26 between Freeza and Vegeta.
Krillin's Destructo Disc hits a mountain after slashing Nappa's cheek, replete with sound effects used previously when Piccolo's Special Beam Cannon hit a different mountain in Episode 2.
In the Lord Slug special, the minions think Christmas is the Earth name for Freeza Day, mentioned in the (Christmas) Tree of Might special.
The Stinger to Episode 27 is a call back to a line from Episode 5. Vegeta even lampshades it:
Huh. Should've known that was a one-hit wonder.
In episode 29, Goku has to charge his spirit bomb attack to use against Freeza, and needs Piccolo to provide a distraction. The conversation between the two is word for word the conversation between Piccolo and Goku in episode 2 when Piccolo charges his Special Beam Cannon to use on Raditz and gets Goku to distract him, only with the roles reversed.
Also, not only is Goku humming the same song Piccolo was while charging the Special Beam Cannon, but Freeza finally hits Piccolo's glubock!
Lampshaded by Piccolo, as the way in which Goku says it is so similar that the Namekian wonders if he's angry about dying last time.
Piccolo: Did you just hold a grudge?
Episode 30: Kidney Shot. Doubles as Ironic Echo as in this case, Freeza's on the receiving end. Only after the pause, Goku yells "Stomach Punch."
The Stinger? Well in reference to Krillin's death and episode 11...
Popo: Called it.
While searching for an escape ship, Goku notices that Namek looks "the same, only on fire" while it had looked "all the same" before. This is a call back to not one, but two things Vegeta has said previously. Once he had called out the planet for looking the same everywhere, and another time he had threatened to reduce an area he was floating in to a barren wasteland.
"So basically the same, only on fire."
In the climax of episode 30, Goku finally locates the muffin button that he mentioned to Dr. Briefs.
In episode 33, Freeza starts malfunctioning while saying "dead" and switches to "cadaveriffic".
Also in episode 33, Krillin yells "Whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop!" in the background after unintentionally pissing off Vegeta. This goes all the way back to the start of season 2 when he was called "Curly".
In Episode 34, Piccolo, Goku, and Gohan are all training together in a three-way spar. Gohan fails to dodge every single attack and ends up falling off a cliff. Goku remarks to Piccolo that he really needs to learn how to dodge, but Piccolo interrupts, saying "Still working on that."
Calling the Old Man Out: Gohan uses Goku and Ginyu's body swap as an opportunity to let out some much needed aggression:
Gohan: Abandon me for a year with Piccolo... Send me off into space... And the next time I get to see you, you lost your damn body!? YOU'RE NOT EVEN YOU ANYMORE!
Calling Your Attacks: Subverted when Goku takes a bit too long with this to throw the Spirit Bomb and gets blasted by Vegeta.
Goku: "FULL NELSON!" Raditz:(incredulously) "A full nelson? That won't work on me. I'm Raditz!"
And Raditz was recast due to an argument over attack names ("Double Sunday" or "Keep Your Eye on the Birdie") mid-attack.
Finally, Piccolo tries to call the name of his five-minute beam attack during the battle with Raditz; after struggling to use the Japanese name, he just goes with the English name, Special Beam Cannon.
Piccolo just shouts a lot of random syllables in Kai Abridged.
Parodied in Dead Zone Abridged when Garlic Jr.'s minions have names for actions/attack patterns that didn't have any in the original, such as: "Wheel of Bitchslaps" for when they attacked Goku in a circle and "Gentle Statue Push" when Goku gets sent flying into a statue.
Lanipator's voicework is a deadringer for Chris Sabat's Piccolo, Vegeta, Shenron, and his early work for Popo; Linda Young's Freeza (albeit briefly); and Justin Cook's Raditz (until the recast). He also replaced Masako X as the voice of Master Roshi in season 3, sounding much closer to Mike McFarland's version of him.
Vegeta3986 for Sabat's Yamcha and (in the first FAQ special) Brian Drummond's Vegeta.
Faulerro, who replaced Vegeta as Yamcha halfway through season two, also sounds similar to them.
Played with by LittleKuriboh for Freeza in Bardock the Father of Goku, where he initially resembles Linda Young's Freeza, before coughing a returning to his usual Abridged Voice, explaining that "[he] had something in his throat". Also, despite being cast before Dragon Ball Kai was even announced, his Freeza sounds uncannily similar to Chris Ayres' more sophisticated take on him.
General Ivan's Cooler for Tom Hardy's Bane, especially after he transforms.
Cerebus Syndrome: Yes, you read that right. The Namek arc is slightly more serious than the Saiyan arc, due to Freeza still being evil and nasty. Sometimes it's Played for Laughs, but mostly it's genuine drama.
Characterization Marches On: The Abridged version of the Dead Zone movie (even before the rest of the series) had surprisingly different characterizations for some of the characters, such as Gohan being of average intelligence for his age (or possibly lower,) and Goku being rather callous about his son's well-being.
The first episode has Nappa wanting to use the Dragon Balls to wish for panties after overhearing Oolong's line about wishing for a pair of Bulma's. Later episodes made him more of a Psychopathic Manchild and less of a perv, to the point that when Oolong's line is repeated in a flashback, Nappa's reaction is now "Yes...pandas..."
Nappa becomes FAR too insanely stupid to live, Piccolo becomes a lonely and sarcasticJerk Ass, Krillin's Butt Monkey status has increased to crazy levels (right down to having a counter for the many times he's been "owned"), and Vegeta becomes pretty much the sanest character (when he's calm), and he's the bad guy (for now).
Chew Bubblegum: Piccolo screwed this one up several times throughout Dead Zone.
[Gohan disappears from Nappa's sight as he tries to stomp him] Nappa: "Huh! Where'd he go? Did he disappear? Or was he never there to begin with? [Dramatic music plays]
Guru: "I shall henceforth be known as Super Kami. No wait... Super Kami Guru."
King Yemma is sometimes no better, with his obsession with his desk, and more specifically the material it's made out of: mahogany. But not just ANY Mahogany. Mahogany from the planet of Melchior SEVEN, where the trees are 300 feet tall and breathe FIRE!
Cluster Bleep Bomb: In one episode, Vegeta goes into a long rant, most of which can't be heard over the beeps of Jeice's scouter. During The Stinger of that episode, the rant is heard without the beeps, but it turns out to be a Minor Insult Meltdown or string of Unusual Euphemisms instead. [[note:*:If you listen closely, the dialogue sounds slightly different than when he first said it, but it still gives the implication that's what he said in-universe.]]
Vegeta: "Son of a gum-chewing funk monster! Why the fruit does all this funny stuff happen to me?! Forget my life! Always surrounded by miserable failing clods! Like this whole world just likes to bend me over and findme in the Alps! Like I'm some sort of schlock receptacle! Well as far as I care, these miserable cows can have a fancy barbeque, with a Goddamn pig!"
Content Warnings: The outtakes, parodied. "If you're under the age of 18 and have not heard the word "fuck" before... well, ya have now."
Krillin: "Warning! The following contains strong language not suitable for minors. If you're under the age of 18, then you-"*CRASH* "OH MY GOD WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!"
Couch Gag: From Episode 17 onward, the "please support official release" message is always done by the character who dies in that episode. (Or, in Episode 25's case, the character who ceases to exist as an individual being in that episode. Jeice and Recoome died the following episodes they did their announcements though, and Vegeta didn't die in Episode 18, although his sanity did temporarily)
In Episode 28 this is taken another step: a character who was horribly wounded at the end of 27 (yes, he did the message for that episode) does it for this one too... slowly... and in great pain.
Lampshaded in episode 29, where Krillin does it and then is told that his paycheck will sent to his next of kin.
Dende: Mr. Gohan, those things on that person's chest, what are they? Gohan: Oh, on Bulma? Those are breasts. Dende: They look lovely. I wish to nestle between them. Krillin: [beat] You are just adorable!
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Goku is, by all means, a complete and total idiot through and through, but he's also incredibly badass when the time calls for it. He's a strange variation of his trope in which his idiocy does not take a backseat to his badassery, adding an extra layer of insult to his opponents' injuries.
Cross Over: The Superfriends in Episode 5. Aquaman's whales killed by Nappa in Episode 8.
Krillin: "Why's that Space New Zealand guy here?" Jeice: "Oh, what the fu—"
Combining this with Last-Second Word Swap: during episode 30, when it looks like Namek has been destroyed and King Kai's plan has failed, King Kai is on an angry rant when Kami telepathically contacts him:
King Kai: "And then there's this c— ami?"
Roshi gets one in Episode 2 after it's explained to him that two Saiyans much stronger than Raditz were on their way to Earth in a year. (And this is right after Goku dies and Piccolo kidnaps Gohan and takes off.)
Bulma(after seeing Zarbon): Oh my God, he's so hot! I just wanna grab him and— Goku(doing upside down crunches): ...sixty-nine, seventy, seventy— Vegeta(confronting Zarbon): One time, you've defeated me Zarbon, and that's one time too many.
Cut Himself Shaving: Goku asks Vegeta if he got beaten up by the Ginyu Force. Vegeta responds thusly:
Goku: Vegeta, what happened to you? Did you get beat up by this guy note Recoome? Vegeta: Ahh... No? I... um... Ghost Nappa: You fell down some stairs. Vegeta: I fell down some stairs.
Ginyu. Vegeta was about to let Ginyu go, seeing as he already killed seven of Freeza's elite warriors.
Vegeta: Psyche! Eight for eight! *SQUISH*
Remember that planet with the cute critters Goku used to gather energy for his spirit bomb? He later deflects one of Freeza's attacks into that planet.
Likely also the Namekian child who gets squished by one of the now-inactive Namekian dragon balls in part 2 of episode 30... right after Guru states the same child is the only Namekian he actually cares about...
(Vegeta hits the ground, large explosion. Later, he crawls out.) Vegeta: (gasping) Why did I explode?
Delegation Relay: Freeza tells Zarbon to give the command. Zarbon tells Dodoria to give the command. Dodoria gives the command to nameless mooks. Nameless mooks follow said command and die like flies as the above three stand around looking bored.
Plus the dragon balls being used for the Unspoken Plan from King Kai.
Shenron: How can I be of service, Lord Popo?
Popo: Good question. Kami, the f**k am I doing?
Kami: Good question. King Kai, the f**k is he doing?
Dirty Old Man: As of Episode 28, it would appear King Yemma has gotten bored, and is forcing the dead to strip down naked when he judges them. That's why Vegeta comes to Goku naked in a near-death experience.
Vegeta: Idiot, you don't take your clothes with you when you die. Goku: Well, I did. Vegeta: What? Goku: Yeah. Even had my weighted clothes on, too. And I didn't even die in those. Hmmm... Vegeta: THAT LYING RED MOTHERF*CKER!!!
Disappeared Dad: As the series has progressed, Gohan is displaying increasing anger and disgust with his generally ineffective and absent father. It becomes an asset after Captain Ginyu steals Goku's body, and Gohan launches into a violent rage while shouting all the things that Goku has subjected him to.
Disproportionate Retribution: "Hello, and welcome to the Heavenly Check-In Station. Please no cutting in line. If you are caught cutting in line, you will be sent straight to hell." Of course, cutting in line in front of the gate of heaven before your soul is judged really isn't a very smart move.
This exchange from episode 25:
Dende: (To Freeza) They're from Earth. Krillin: Little Green, why?? Dende: Because my name is Dende.
Distant Reaction Shot: In episode 18, when Vegeta discovers that Gohan swiped his stashed Dragon Ball, we get a string of these showing that Vegeta's yell is audible across Namek, in Goku's spaceship (still in space), in Yemma's house in the afterlife (he assumes it's his wife), and Earth 20 years in the future ("Daddy?").
Vegeta: Now it's time to reveal my giant monkey... [camera over his crotch] Crowd:[collective gasp] Vegeta: ...form. [camera pans to his face] Crowd:[sighs of relief] Man in Crowd: Thank God, I thought he meant penis!
Do Not Call Me Paul: When Vegeta mentions Goku's birth name, Kakarot, to Captain Ginyu (while the latter is broken and beaten on the ground in Goku's body), this discussion occurs...
Vegeta: Hahaha! The best part about this? I get to kill both Ginyu and Kakarot at the same time! Goku!Ginyu: Wait, who's Kakarot? Vegeta: You're Kakarot. Goku!Ginyu: I thought his name was Goku. Krillin:: His name is Goku! Vegeta: No, it's Kakarot! Goku!Ginyu: But he just said "Goku". Krillin:: Yeah, I did! Vegeta:I know what he said! Bu- Goku!Ginyu: So what is it? Kakarot, or Goku? Krillin/Vegeta: It's Goku/Kakarot! Vegeta: NO, NO, NO! Just... Look. His Saiyan name is Kakarot, but he changed it when he landed on Earth as a baby, so they kept calling him by his Earth name, and I am calling him by his real name. *Beat* Ginyu!Goku:So does that makemeGinyu? Vegeta:*Screams at the top of his lungs while he flies towards Ginyu*
Zarbon's association with this trope is even well known to Freeza.
Goku: (screaming due to his burning posterior) My butt is flaming!!
Freeza: ...I miss Zarbon.
A whole slew of these were thrown in episode 24 when Goku was explaining his situation to King Kai after he landed on Namek.
Goku: Well, when I got down here, I ran into some really weird guys. One was really big and muscly, but he went down really easy. Then these two guys double-teamed me. One of them took it really hard in the back, but the other didn't seem that interested, so he went and brought this really horny guy.
Early-Bird Cameo: Vegeta and Nappa in episode 1, Guru and Nail in episode 5, Trunks in episode 18, and Cooler and an infant Broly in Bardock Abridged.
The mentions of Bojack are a partial example since we're told he's there and we hear his voice a couple times, but we won't see him until they abridge his movie (if they do so).
Early Installment Weirdness: Generally averted, but in the Dead Zone abridged movie (made before the official formation of Team FourStar), Gohan was portrayed as mentally handicapped ("I know how many fingers fish have!"). In the regular series, he's probably the most intelligent character of the bunch.
In the pre-TFS abridged movies, most notably The World's Strongest, Goku was portrayed with as a Trickster, being able to outwit his opponents. He was also portrayed as mean-spirited, especially towards Krillin, and swore often. These traits carried over into the first two DBZ Abridged episodes, after which Abridged Goku became the food-obsessedIdiot Hero that is Too Dumb to Live, but we all know now.
Vegeta: GAH! MY eye! Why is it always the goddamn eye!?
Made into somewhat of a Brick Joke in episode 18. When Vegeta pops a blood vessel in his eye, it pops in his right eye. The same eye that was both elbowed by Gohan and blasted by Goku in the aforementioned episode.
Again in Lord Slug Abriged when Gohan defeats a mook by shattering the glass visor of his helmet.
Mook: OH GOD ALL I CAN SEE IS GLASS AND BLOOD!
Fake Out Opening: Episode 31's opening credits show scenes from the filler Garlic Jr. saga, making you think the entire arc will be adapted. Mr. Popo however resolves the plot rather quickly.
Fake Static: Goku somehow manages to trick King Kai into thinking he hung up... during a telepathic conversation. This is immediately lampshaded by King Kai himself:
King Kai: He hung up on me! How the hell did he even do that?!
False Reassurance: To reassure Krillin he won't retaliate for wounding him for Zenkai power boost, Vegeta tells him "I will not PUNCH you".
And when Krillin does shoot him, Vegeta mutters, "You are so punched!"
Bulma: Oh my god, [Zarbon's] so hot! I just want to grab him and... Goku: (doing training) ...sixty-nine, seventy, seventy-... Vegeta: ...One time you defeated me, Zarbon, and that's one time too many!
Flame War: For quite a popular series, these are prevalent in the forums and on Youtube. Also mentioned in the FAQ Specials.
In the TFS FAQ Special, Vegeta says that somebody who asks who to voice for will be flamed. Along with that, in the 2nd TFS FAQ Special, Chaotzu insults people who want to audition, saying that "they have no talent" and that "they suck".
NEVER... EVER... EVER... speculate about a future appearance of Ghost Nappa.
There are also debates of how Guru is either a great and hilarious character or a horrible and predictable character.
Nappa himself. Some people just plain hated him.
Surprisingly, Popo hasn't received any negative criticism... yet.
Freeza: I've had a worse time, you know. It's not often I dirty my hands with this sort of grunt work. There's always a certain amount of satisfaction I get out of doing it myself. [Freeza begins laughing - and after a few seconds so does Nail] Freeza: Ah... it is kind of funny, isn't it? Nail:[still laughing] I'm laughing at something else, actually. Freeza:[still laughing] What? Nail:[still laughing] The Earthlings have the password. [Beat] Freeza: What.
And this exchange:
Zarbon: Too bad... and that Bardock was such a dashing rogue... [Beat] Dodoria: ...What.
Foil: Goku is the perfect counterpart to Freeza. Not only do Freeza's attempts at intimidating Goku fall flat, but Goku is literally too dumb to insult.
Foreign Cuss Word: In Episode 27, the Jamaican crab describes Freeza as a "bumbaclot," a corruption of the word "blood clot" considered an extreme form of insult in Jamaica.
Foreshadowing: During the Namek saga, anyone who recites the opening disclaimer will die in one to two episodes (Except Vegeta, who recited two separate disclaimers before dying. Because he's that awesome.)
There's also Popo at the start of that same saga.
Mr. Popo: "See you all when you get back! Except... this season... (looks to Krillin) you..."
Spoofed in episode 7, after Nappa forgot why he and Vegeta came to Earth, Vegeta says, "One of these days you're going to die. Then you'll be out of my hair forever." This is followed by the caption Epic Foreshadowing.
A subtle one in episode 22:
Freeza: "I'll dispatch of this worm and then I'll be back for you, Slug!"
Super Kami Guru: "Leave my brother out of this!"
And another one right at the beginning of episode 30 (part one)
King Kai: At last, Goku... has become... the ONE...and ONLY... SUPER SAIYAN! *pause* Right?
King Kai: You hesitated there for a second. *Beat* What?
After being hit with his own attack:
Freeza "Daddy, I don't want to be on Namek anymore.''
Trunks asks why Freeza has spare parts sticking out of him. Freeza says he's the ultimate union of science and nature, but Trunks is obviously unimpressed.
Freeza "Impudent little...! These are not "spare parts"! What you are looking at is the ultimate culmination of science and nature!!''
Trunks "Oh, wow! I've... never seen that before."
At the be beginning of the "Episode of Bardock" special, Bardock says a certain characters catchphrase.
Bardock: Aw, crapbaskests.
Forgot I Could Fly: Played for Laughs literally when Goku jumped out of a hospital in Episode 13 hoping to be caught by Nimbus. He could've just flown out of the hospital room.
Nappa forgets he could fly... while he was flying.
Forgotten Phlebotinum: Gohan wonders why Krillin never follows up his Solar Flare (which blinds and incapacitates stronger enemies for a while) with his Destructo Disk (which is slow but can cut even much stronger opponents).
In Episode 7, when Piccolo says that the Saiyans are seeking to find the one with the strongest power level. After Gohan claims that Piccolo is the strongest, someone else is seen laughing in the background standing on top of a mountain. Can you find it? (It's at 1:57)
That someone I think is Mr. Popo
Freudian Excuse: Turles hates Christmas because Santa Claus never visited Planet Vegeta, and they only got Freeza's Day (when he blew up the planet). It's actually revealed that Santa tried to visit the planet several times, but they always tried to blow up his sled.
Subverted when Vegeta tells about how he's always lived under Freeza's rule and has lost his entire race. Goku thinks that means that without Freeza he wouldn't have been evil.
Goku: I ran into these really weird guys. The first one was big and muscly, but he went down real easy. Then these two guys double-teamed me. One of them took it really hard in the back, but the other didn't seem that interested, so he brought this really horny guy. George Takei:Oh my! Goku: Who's that, King Kai? King Kai: That's George Takei. Somehow he made this into a three-way. George Takei: Oh my! King Kai:Call! Three-way-call!
In Lorg Slug Abridged, Piccolo is busy beating up some mooks when the Quirky Miniboss Squad make their entrance:
Piccolo: "All right, what's your gimmick?" Dorodabo: "Gimmick?" Piccolo: "Yeah, like the last guys, they were all misfit minions and crap. What are you?" Angira: "We're just here for your planet... though if I had to choose, I'd say I'm the pretty one." Piccolo: "Eh, six out of ten." Angira: "You sassy bitch." Piccolo: (to Medamatcha) "That makes you the weird one with the freaky power..." Medamatcha: "I CAN SPAWN MINI-MES!" Piccolo: "Spectacular. (turns to Dorodabo) And that would make you, no doubt, the big, tough, stupid one." Dorodabo: "You take that back or I'll kill you!" Piccolo: "All right, all right, you're not tough." Dorodabo: "That's better!" Gohan: "Wait, didn't you...?" Piccolo: "Give him a minute." Dorodabo: "...Hey!"
It happens again in Revenge of Cooler Abridged when Piccolo encounters another stock mook trio (only this time they get it mixed up who's supposed to be the pretty one, the stupid one, and the one with weird powers.)
Sauza fries the bag of senzu beans with an energy blast after seeing Gohan risking life and limb to deliver them.
[Cut to a distant punch sound, followed by all four Ginyu's crash-landing into hell]
Giving Up On Logic: In Christmas Tree of Might, Goku starts trying to talk to the titular tree to get it to leave Earth. Yamcha tries to explain that trees can't talk only to be cut off by Slay's voice which appears to answer for the tree since Slay is offscreen. Yamcha gives up in exasperation. The whole exchange is the page quote.
Freeza: Normal human heads are worth one point. Namekian heads are worth twenty. Filthy half-Saiyan brats, fifty. And if you find any miserable, odious, insubordinate, full-blooded monkey garbage...you win.
Gory Discretion Shot: Guru's death of being eaten alive by the Namekians who were infuriated that he had them slaughter thousands of innocent Albino Namekians during the Great Drought. Bulma, Gohan, and Piccolo are absolutely horrified by the brutality, and even Vegeta looks a little appalled.
"Son of a gum-chewing funk moster! Why the fruit does all this funny stuff happen to me? For-get my life! Always surrounded by miserable failing clods. Like this whole world just likes to bend me over, AND FIND ME IN THE ALPS! Like I'm some sort of schlock receptacle. Well, as far as I care, these miserable cows can have a fancy barbecue, WITH A GODDAMNED PIG!!"
Goku also delivers one of these as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner in Christmas Tree of Might and Lord Slug Abridged, the latter's line referencing this this trope's use in the official dub.
The title of episode 19, plus the Ginyu Force theme. It's meant as a parody of the sentai shows that inspired the Ginyu Force, though the episode title itself comes off as a bit wonky if you speak Japanese.note It's given as "到着を恐怖!! ギニュー特戦隊は、敬礼!!" ("Fear the arrival!! As for the Ginyu Force, [they] salute!!"), when what's probably meant is "恐怖の到着!ギニュー特戦隊、敬礼!" ("Dreaded arrival! Ginyu Force, salute!")
In episode 25:
Freeza: (after killing King Vegeta, without the usual exuberance associated with the phrase) "Yatta." ("I did it", in a victorious sense) note This is also a Street Fighter reference to Chun Li's "Win quote," seeing as Freeza just killed King Vegeta with a Shoryuken and got the Street Fighter audio of "K.O.! You win!"
Botched by Piccolo when he tried to say his attack's Japanese name, finally he just decides to go with Special Beam Cannon.
Hands Off Parenting: When Gohan tells Goku to hang Freeza by his entrails, Goku realizes something is up with his son... and thinks Piccolo should sit him down and have a talk with him.
Hand Wave: Spoofed in the Bardock special episode. How does Chilled know about the healing spooge of the Saiyans?
Chilled: Because of reasons! [Beat] Reasons is my intel-guy.
Happy Dance: In addition to Dragon Ball Z's Dance of Joy (which he is contractually obligated to perform by King Cold), Ginyu also does the "Daddy's Little Princess Dance" (commanded by Cooler) the "Dance of Cheering You Up", and the "Dance of Solitude".
Heel Face Turn: Subverted: Freeza, when he asks for and receives energy from Goku, he actually contemplates the second chance he has been given and considers changing his ways for a second...then decides against it.
Heroic RROD: After his rage-induced scream in Episode 18, when Vegeta is next seen his eyes are bloodshot and he is driven insane, talking in Hulk Speak and hallucinating Ghost Nappa. He later proceeds to pop the blood vessels in his eyes right as he is about to utterly erase Krillin from existence, but he instantly recovers upon sensing Gohan's power level and has no recollection of what just happened.
His eyes bleeding looks similar to his nosebleed in Episode 9.
Tenshinhan: Chiaotzu! My partner! Yamcha: Gay. Tenshinhan: Hey! At least I don't spend all my free time living alone with a cat! Yamcha: Hey! At least I get some puss— ...wow, that did not come out right.
Vegeta: Don't you understand? If I didn't get my wish, then I'm not immortal, and Freeza is going to... going to... (stammers upon seeing Freeza) Freeza: Oh don't mind me, by all means...Give me some ideas.
Hulk Speak: An enraged Gohan starts speaking this while beating on Freeza for stabbing Krillin.
Humiliation Conga: Vegeta. After having his tail cut off, being blasted by a Spirit Bomb, getting crushed by a naked child, and almost killed by Krillin of all people, he escapes to his pod, only to be greeted by... GHOST NAPPA!
Vegeta: "Crushed and broken beneath a naked unconscious child...yep, I think I'm done here."
Hurricane of Puns: Goku in Episode 30, part 3, unleashes a slew of puns based around Freeza slicing himself in half. It gets to the point that you can't tell if he's groaning because of the injury or the jokes.
Tien: (after he is revealed to be Jewish) I'm just trying to be culturally sensitive... you Buddhist ass! Krillin: (a little offended) Well, happy holidays to you, too.
Vegeta displayed this when attacked for the second time by Yajirobe.
Vegeta: You... you cut through my armor! This was a gift from my father! Yajirobe: I'm sorry, I'm sure your father was a great man. Vegeta: I hated my father! Yajirobe: Oh, well then I'm sure he was a total prick. Vegeta:[attacks Yajirobe]' How dare you talk about my father like that!
Nappa: Vegeta! Look! A Pokémon. Chaotzu: I'm not a Pokémon, I'm Chaotzu! Chaotzu! Nappa: Hear that, Vegeta? It's a Chaotzu! (generates PokéBall from his hand) I'm gonna catch it! Chaotzu: I told you, I'm not a- (Throws PokéBall at Chaotzu) Chaotzu: Ow! Nappa: Aww! It didn't work, Vegeta! Vegeta: That's because you have to damage it first. Nappa: Alright! I'll see if I can get a critical.
Ignored Epiphany: Subverts the original Funimation dub of Vegeta's dying words to Goku, where he suggested that Freeza was responsible for what he became, and pretty much ignored that after being revived; in DBZA, Goku attempts to suggest that Freeza made Vegeta evil, but Vegeta insists that he'd definitely be evil if Freeza hadn't been there.
Played straight with Freeza in the final part of episode 30, when, after being thoroughly defeated, he ponders if he should turn over a new leaf. Of course, he decides "Naaaaaaaah!" and tries to blast Goku one more time. It doesn't end well.
Yajirobe: You gonna eat that Saiyan? Krillin: What? Yajirobe: Dibs.
And in the second blooper special, along with trying to eat Tien's arm:
Krillin: Yajirobe, what were you doing here to begin with, anyways? Yajirobe: Well, I thought I smelled something cooking, but then it just turned out to be Yamcha's body. Krillin: ...Wait, you didn- Yajirobe:Almost.
One of Bardock's teammates asks an unconscious Bardock for permission to eat a dead alien.
Inner Monologue: Freeza has a Casual Danger Inner one in episode 27. It starts with him hating how many of his men had died on this mission and ending with him thinking on what to send to the Ginyu force families such as a nice wine, a gift basket, or maybe a gift basket with wine in it.
Ironic Echo: Piccolo telling Gohan to "Dooodge!", as mentioned above
"I'm back." *BAM*
"Ooooh, I see what you did there..."
And this exchange:
Freeza: "So, did you eliminate everyone on the planet? Dodoria: "Complete Annihilation." Zarbon: "...Where are all your men?" Dodoria: "Complete Annihilation." Zarbon: (later, as Bardock's pod surpasses Freeza's ship) "So, "Complete Annihilation", huh?" ** In the same special, Freeza debates giving his brother Cooler a call because it's Cooler's birthday, but decides against it because he's a prick. At the end of the special, Goku's pod is detected by Cooler's ship. He orders his men not to fire on it. When asked why he replies "Because I'm a prick."
"My mother's dead." "I know."
Goku and Piccolo's dialogue in Episode 29 when Goku needs to finish up the Spirit Bomb is a slight variation of a similar scene in Episode 2, complete with "Mahnah Mahnah" song. Piccolo even lampshades it given the role reversal ("Did you just hold a grudge?")
Unintentionally done by Goku. He spams the Kidney Punch tactic on Freeza much like how Freeza did to Vegeta.
Popo: Eh, not yet. Give em a couple hundred years. See if they can clean the place up.
Jacob Marley Apparel: Many of the dead seem to follow this, except for Vegeta. But that's because Yemma told him he couldn't take his clothes with him. Vegeta was not amused when he learned Goku kept his clothes.
Played with in that Goku mentions he got to keep clothes he WASN'T wearing at the time.
Jaw Drop: Krillian gives a rather over the top one when Maron reveals she's actually a government agent and has evidence of him committing insurance fraud.
Jerk Ass: Piccolo. One example includes deliberately telling Gohan to let Tenshinhan fight Nappa alone to avenge Chaotzu, despite Ten's constant desperate pleas for help.
Gohan: Where's my daddy? Piccolo: I hate to tell you kid but your dad's dead. Actually, no, I love saying that. HAHAHA your dad's dead! Gohan: (cries) Piccolo: Aw, dammit. This is why I hang out in the wastelands.
Guru and Popo to the point that even Freeza seems nicer
Super Kami Guru I feel they've finally summoned the dragon... it would be a real dick move to die right now...hurk.
Popo (after having explained his pecking order) Any questions?
Krillin Yeah, how...(gets kicked off the lookout, adding another tally to his "owned" count)
Popo Enjoy the climb back up, bitch! (to Tien, Yamcha, and Chaotzu) Any more questions?
Dende is becoming one of these. His hatred for Krillin is so intense he gives up the location to Earth as payback for being called "Little Green". And when Krillin is stabbed by Freeza, Dende revives him, but also tells him he's immortal, probably in the hopes he'll get himself Killed Off for Real. The only person he respects is Gohan.
Dr. Briefs seems to treat his wife poorly and called Dende a fag.
Jumping the Shark: In-Universe. Upon learning that he has been sent back into the past, Bardock declares it "shark jumping bullshit".
The phrase "Good Night Irene" is a reference to Australian MMA commentator Mike "The Voice" Schiavello, who is referencing wrestling commentator Gorilla Monsoon, who said it when wrestler Adrian Adonis performed a sleeper hold.
Just Between You and Me: Vegeta tells Cui how he got his ass kicked by Goku & Co., after explaining the Saiyans' ability to gain power from being beaten to near-death. Cui still thinks their Power Levels are the same (18,000), and doesn't get it.
Cui: "Why are you telling me this?! You'd never tell anyone this!" Vegeta: "Easy - because I know you'll never tell anybody, Cui." Cui: "But, but I hate you! Why would I—" * Vegeta obliterates Cui* Vegeta: "God, I love therapy!"
Just Eat Gilligan: When Roshi and Bulma summon the dragon to resurrect Goku, the dragon actually suggests that they just wish for him to drop the incoming bad guys off into a sun or something instead. note There's a canonical reason why they just can't do that, but Rule of Funny was the dominant factor.They don't listen.
The Namekians could have avoided "The Purge" if they had noticed that Guru's massive weight gain coincided with the Great Drought. Of course, once Guru reveals this, they really do eat him.
Karmic Death: Guru confessed in Episode 30 (part 2) that HE was the cause of a massive water shortage on planet Namek and lied about it, shifting the blame onto the Albino Namekians, which led to the Purge.... He revealed it was all his fault... right before he thought he was going to die, but he didn't, so the Namekians finished him off.
Krillin discussing karma with Dende ("Little Green") followed by shots of Vegeta getting pummelled by Zarbon in his "Beast Within" form. note Although it would have worked regardless of who was pummeling who there. Both of them had recently slaughtered Namekian villages.
Subverted and played straight concerning Guru. After being brought back to life and transported to Earth with the other Namekians, he realizes he's about to die. So, to 'relieve his conscience', he reveals the cause of the drought, which was led to believe because of the albino namekians. He did it, and drank all the water. How did you think he got so fat in the first place? As the namekians stared in shock, he gleefully allows himself to die... only on his own. He tries, but the Namekians recover in time to brutally murder him in a mob.
Last-Second Word Swap: In the beginning of the Cooler's Revenge special, Krillin was cooking a stew for the campout, and Oolong was asking about what the stew consists of. Krillin responded that it contains the essentials: "carrots, potatoes, por... poise..." Oolong didn't take the news well when Sauza let slip that "the pork is completely overcooked".
Freeza: (Laughing after beating the crap out of Nail with Nail joining in) Ah, it is kind of funny isn't it? Nail: Hehe, I'm laughing about something else actually. Freeza: Hehehe, what? Nail: The Earthlings have the password. Freeza:[Beat]What? Nail: That little Namekian you passed on the way to Guru's? On his way to the Humans with the password, by now he's probably there and they're about to summon the dragon. Freeza:GHHGHGHHH... Nail: Yeah, if I had to guess your biggest mistake it would be not stopping him, that or the purple lipstick. Freeza:I WILL F*CKING MURDER YOU! Nail:Whatever.
Gohan: Oh, so it's a sort of monkey's paw; you have to be careful with the hubris in your wishes.
Piccolo: (still distant) NERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRD!
It happens again at the end of Season 2, when they wish back all the people killed by Freeza and his men. Since Nappa technically worked for Vegeta, Tien, Chiaotzu, and Yamcha need to be revived by Porunga (Krillin had died once already so Shenron couldn't bring him back). In addition, Vegeta was still working for Freeza when he killed Nappa, so...
Raditz: And to top off this expositional onslaught, I... AM YOUR BROTHER!
Lyrical Dissonance: Goku's little ditty as he charges up a Spirit Bomb in Lord Slug Abridged.
Goku: Sun, sun, Mister Golden Sun, kill my enemies~!
Magic Countdown: The notorious line where Freeza claims Namek will explode in 5 minutes, only for it to take more than 5 episodes is of course parodied. Freeza's clearly just guessing how long it'll take, and just says five*
It ends up being 16
. Goku of all people starts calling bullshit and asks Freeze if he even knows how long a minute is.
Magitek: It's starting to be a Running Gag in Season Two. A generic medic in Freeza's army instructs his men to revive Vegeta with "delicious magical science", while Goku calls a sensu bean "sweet sciency magic."
Man of a Thousand Voices: Everyone. Nearly the entire cast of Dragon Ball Z is voiced by 10 people with their own abridged series. Here's the entire cast (note that some of the characters haven't appeared in the series yet but have been confirmed on their website and youtube account):
Lanipator (Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged and DBZA writer): Krillin, Vegeta, Piccolo, Mr. Popo, Shenlong, Radditz(after Vegeta3986 left the show), Goten
Kaiser Neko (Lupin III Abridged and DBZA editor/writer): King Kai, Gregory, Yajirobe, Korin, Cooler, Zarbon, Burter, Trunks, Buu
Takahata 101 (Hellsing and G Gundam Abridged and DBZA writer): Nappa, Arlian King, Bardock, Dende, Guru, Guldo, Porunga, Cell
Meaningful Background Event: In Episode 26, Freeza's yelling can be heard in the background while he makes his final transformation. Dende dies mere seconds after the yelling stops, when it's revealed that Freeza's already changed.
Zarbon, numerous times. It doesn't help that he's extremely camp. After Freeza finds out about Zarbon's having a girlfriend, this exchange happens
Freeza: Oh... And all this time I could have sworn you were... Oh, never mind... Zarbon: You thought I was single? Freeza: Well, I thought you were into...
Later on, Vegeta gets this treatment from Zarbon himself:
Vegeta: That reminds me... Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious? Zarbon:Did I... what? Vegeta: Did you do anything to me while I was unconscious? Zarbon:What? No! God, No! Vegeta: Oh thank God... Wait, am I not good enough for you? Zarbon: Alright, Vegeta, I'm going to be totally honest with you. This is sounding really gay.
Freeza's group is shockingly good at this in Episode 14. Freeza himself is a peppy, fey individual who can go from amusing to intimidating in less than a sentence. Dodoria on the other hand has a brand of humor dark as pitch.
In Episode 14, Goku exclaiming "This is the best day ever!" while a peppy song song plays on the background. Cut to Dodoria slaughtering Namekians.
In Episode 18, Krillin gets happy when he and Gohan approach Guru's place to unlock Gohan's potential. Then he feels Vegeta's anger at finding his Dragon Ball missing.
Krillin: That's it! We're gonna make it! We're finally gonna *feels Vegeta approach* die. We are going to die. Gohan: Krillin, what is that?! Krillin: Pure rage, Gohan. Pure rage.
In Episode 20, during Gohan's fight with Recoome. Inspirational music from Dragon Ball Kai plays as an injured Gohan gives a Badass Boast about Goku, but both the music and the speech are cut off abruptly when Recoome snaps Gohan's neck with a kick.
In Episode 21, Jeice and Burter have a heartwarming moment, and then Goku curbstomps Burter.
Mundane Utility: Krillin wants to use the remaining wish on Porunga for a three-foot long hoagie. Oolong also points out that the Dragonballs can be used to wish for panties instead of immortality.
Musical Spoiler: Subverted when Vegeta is blasted into the sky by the Spirit Bomb. It's followed by a scene accompanied by the rather triumphant "Omae no XXX Ten wo Tarou"... which is cut off when Vegeta falls back to the ground.
My Beloved Smother: Chi-Chi gets a clear feeling for this... until Gohan quickly and shockingly puts a stop to it.
Nappa: Well, it's been fun kid. I mean, for me, not for you. As for you (cut to Piccolo), everyone important to you is dead. Krillin: Hey, I'm still alive— Nappa: EVERYONE IMPORTANT. Krillin: ...damn it.
Tenshinhan: Let's do it for Chaotzu! Yamcha: And Krillin! (Chirping Crickets) Yamcha: OK, just Chaotzu.
Yamcha's apparent awesomeness gets turned on its head in episode 13. When they are stranded on Namek:
Bulma: Who knows? Maybe here I'll finally meet a real man. Krillin: What about Yamcha? Bulma: A real man.
And again when the Z Fighters show up on King Kai's planet. King Kai tells Yamcha to wash his car while the others train.
My Name Is Not Durwood: Freeza has corrected people who mispronounced his name on two occasions: such as Goku calling him Freezer and Trunks mispronouncing it "fry-za" (Since he was using the "Frieza" spelling, lampshaded when he asks why there's an "I" in it.)
Mythology Gag: When recalling his lost underlings, Freeza mentions Cui. Only he can't remember his actual name and winds up calling him "Kiwi", which is the character's original (and less inventive) Japanese name.
Piccolo asks if Namekians are demons. This is a reference to his first appearence in Dragon Ball, when he was known as Demon King Piccolo.
Super Kami Guru, unleashing Gohan's hidden potential, says he's going to go gentle on Gohan because it's his "first time". While this is a continuation of the molestation gag, it also works as an explanation for why Gohan is ultimately going to have his hidden potential unleashed twice more during the series.
Also, during one of Krillin's "IcannotshutupwhenImscared" moments, he mentioned that he once had a crush on a boy that he thought was a girl. This actually happened with Krillin and Upa in one of the early chapters of Dragon Ball. (Also counts as Shown Their Work.)
Then there's Goku's comment that the wound he recieved from Ginyu is the second worst hole in his chest. Piccolo blasted a rather sizable (and fatal) hole through Goku to kill Raditz. Piccolo also shot through him during their battle in the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, but that wasn't nearly as bad.
Bulma is actually humming her leitmotif from Dragonball just before Krillin lands and knocks her out of her chair in episode 17.
When Tenshinhan breaks Yamcha's leg, Yamcha yells that it's his good leg. Tien broke the other one in Dragon Ball at the World Martial Arts Tournament.