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The stories are all connected to each other, hence the episodic titles. They are all set in Trunks' Universe after Trunks' return from the main timeline, yet all DBZ characters make an appearance. Start with "Walk This World".
A site focusing on the DBZ couple Bulma and Vegeta. Great variety of stories from many different, talented authors. A few NC-17, but all stories have the rating clearly marked so easily avoided for those underage or who are simply not interested. Also includes fanart and hosts contests. Unfortunately the site has not been updated since May 16, 2005, but the stuff that's there is wonderful.
A very engaging author with a good grasp of plot, spelling, and grammar. Most of his(?) fics are Vegeta-centric, and revolve around his relationship with Bulma. Especially recommended: Rediscovering Honorand Guardian of Vegetasei, even if the latter is only 8 chapters long so far.
Very well drawn ongoing webcomic in which the post-manga cast agrees to participate in a tournament to decide who is the strongest in the entire multiverse. The ultimate what-if story, not just for a lot of vs-matchups, but also answering questions such as "what if Kakarot never hit his head?", "What if the Nameks merged in to one super-being to defeat Freeza" and "What if [insert villain here] had won." At first I was skeptical, so if you are a person who doesn't find that awesome, it's better than it sounds.
Chuquita has one of the most interesting and well thought out multiverses. She has taken lesser known Dragon Ball Z characters like King Vegeta and Bardock and given them interesting characteristics. She had been writing this multiverse since before the year 2000 and she is still writing. She had also written a bunch of web comics.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Break Through The Limit by Captain Space
Synopsis: For Want of a Nail, Piccolo's defeat at the 23d World Tournament leads him to train much harder than in canon, leading to him being more powerful than Raditz when the alien arrives. This, in turn, leads to Raditz' survival and subsequent reconnection with his brother. Rather than being left in obscurity as a Starter Villain, Raditz takes on a role as one of the guardians of Earth.
Comments: This is one of the better "Raditz Lives" fics out there. His presence also leads to some really interesting twists, such as Zarbon abandoning Frieza in return for one of the wishes on Namek, Trunks being the son of Bulma and Zarbon, and Cooler mortally wounding Frieza on Namek, and Frieza subsequently joining with the Big Gete Star.
YMMV on this one. Almost every character is OOC and the plotting is terribly jumpy from point to point. There's an unfortunate amount of "telling not showing".
Synopsis: This story is set after the Episode of Bardock which was released in 2011. After being on Planet Plant for over a year Bardock cannot obtain the power he used to defeat Chilled. He decides to leave Planet Plant and finds himself on Planet Earth.
Synopsis: Cell becomes one of the Earth's greatest heroes in this epic twist of Dragon Ball reality! Experience the impact of this dramatic and empowering change!
Comments: A truly epic story that includes tons of extras. It captures the feel of the show very well - this troper actually felt nostalgic while reading it. The fic is not without flaws - the explanations can get long-winded, though the author's notes can help to prevent confusion, and some of the more complicated discussions (marked by the author) can actually be skipped without hurting the story. Cell also wanders into Gary Stu territory, but he always stays within the realm of tolerance, at least in this troper's opinion. Besides, some of the stuff he does is so awesome you won't even mind. The fic updates every Thursday but is fairly sizable already, and is too long to finish in one sitting. Not that that will stop you from trying.
Synposis: Frieza makes a different choice against Goku on Namek and his life takes a drastically different course. As his empire and family crumble away from him, Frieza must rise from the ashes and become a hero in a galaxy that fears and despises him.
Comments: A very interesting take on how Frieza could turn into a hero after his loss to Goku on Namek. Instead of immediately renouncing his evil ways, the former lord of the universe is subject to a rash of events that change his view of things forever. New characters are present, along with some more focus on Piccolo and the human characters. However the Buu saga is ignored, being replaced by a saga revolving around Hatchiyak and Dr. Raichi's plot for revenge on the Saiya-jin.
Synopsis: Goku's ship crashes into Kami's lookout upon its arrival on Earth. Under the tutelage of Kami, Goku, or Kakarot as his name now remains, grows into becoming the new guardian of Earth.
Comments: From the author of The Fall of Lord Frieza, this troper has to say that this is definitely the better story. While it glosses over the majority of the Dragonball sagas, up until the release of King Piccolo, since Kakarot spends most of his childhood training with Kami and Popo on the Lookout, the story is infinitely engaging. It also gives large roles to forgotten characters like Yajirobe and Nam of all people, who puts the death blow on Nappa
Synopsis: Gohan has been working at the CC since he was 15, but now at age 18 his mom forces him to go to high school. How will Gohan fit in while trying to keep his identity as half-alien, superhero AND scientist hidden? Gohan x Videl high-school fic with some twists
Comments: Very original story, with a great focus on not just the earth-shattering DBZ battles, but interesting side characters. The further in the story goes, the better it gets, with some surprising twists, but all are well built-up and the character development is extremely well done. The action scenes are few and far between, but all outstanding and extremely exciting.
Synopsis: For Want of a Nail. During the battle with Raditz, Goku is injured too greatly to make the ultimate sacrifice in the battle for Earth's fate, leaving the door open for someone else to step in and be the hero. Follow this re-telling of DBZ where the Earthlings are the main focus of the story.
Comments: Very original story, bringing into focus the characters who were more or less forgotten after Dragon Ball and allowing them to shine. The author has also brought back character who where developed in the old series but were simply never seen again making them likable motivated characters. So far, has mostly focused on Tien as he has ascended to the mantle of Earth's protector, but the author has also shown a remarkable ability to characterize almost every character in the cast extremely well, while allowing the lesser known characters of the series their Day In The Lime Light.
Synopsis: An old saying in Martial Arts goes; 'To defeat your enemy, you must first defeat yourself.' But what can you do, when you are the enemy? Can you defeat yourself? What will Gohan do, now that the ultimate enemy has been revealed: Gohan himself.
Comments: A rather dark Gohan-centric fic that manages to captivate the reader within the first two chapters and simply doesn't let go. An interesting concept is taken to it's extreme and for once we see the consequences of what would happen if a DBZ fighter would turn against the people. The most fascinating thing about this fic is that it isn't simply a battle of Good vs Evil. Gohan and his enemy are both well-developed and have done their fair share of bad things. The character development is well-done, the action scenes are action-packed and the villains and characters are all well-developed.
Synopsis: Framed as an autobiography by an aging Krillin, this story details his life from his leaving the monastery in Dragon Ball to just past his final resurrection in GT, with a few extra stories in between.
Comments: An excellent look at the entirety of the Dragon Ball saga from the perspective of the character who has been there for most of it but never quite in focus. Throughout the story Kuririn reminisces about the good times and reflects on the meanings of their adventures from an older wiser standpoint. He talks about how he dealt with his own growing weakness compared to his friends, as well as his own role as one of Earth's protectors. He reflects on his friends, his family, their enemies, and the nuances of the world around him, all with his own distinctive personality, and as a result shows sides of all the characters of the series, not just himself, in interesting ways. The story hits adventure, comedy, drama, and tragedy in the distinctive Dragon Ball style, and the writing is very personal - with the impression that Kuririn is talking directly to the audience - interspersed with a few scenes of his family interacting with him as he writes.
Warning: Definitely deserves its 'M' rating, also comes with a slash warning and a strangeness warning. I mean, come on, Android 16xChichi???
Synopsis: AU, largely BV,with other pairings. With Earth destroyed, Bulma and the Z gang find themselves in an outer space guerrilla war against a tyrant. Can the mysterious Vengeance help her win the war against Frieza, and more importantly,the ruthless Vegeta?
Comments: This is a very hard fic to describe. Very AU, somewhat dark, but seems almost canon in the way events play out. Dark elements include Goku going near-crazy from starvation; the only reason he doesn't is because he eats Piccolo's arm, repeatedly. Also includes some very strange ships that this troper ended up liking, namely Puar/Raditz??
Synopsis: When Bulma comes down with the flu Vegeta takes over Capsule Corp. for the day, much to the horror of executives of a rival company who had hoped to intimidate the heiress into a deal. One-shot.
Comments: It's always hilarious watching people underestimate Vegeta. The ending is delightfully half-sweet, and half-horrifying. Eight thousand words makes for a decent sized one-shot, as well.
The fanfic is absolutely excellent, and displays all characters quite well and in-character. It really puts into perspective the personality Vegeta had after the events of the Buu Saga, taking his character development and rolling with it to a point where in this humble Troper's opinion, it's Better Than Canon.
Synopsis: A wish is made that no one on Earth has, or even remembers having, superhuman strength. What happens when that strength is required to save the world again? Complete with an epilogue.
Comments: Focuses on some trivial things at first, such as Gohan's commute to school making him switch to a boarding school, where Mr. Shu works, and then the plot immediately explodes into action. Brings some underused characters into the spotlight when they are the only powerful beings left facing an alien invasion and another evil doctor. Focuses quite a bit on Gohan, but not in the annoying way that other Gohan-centric fics tend to be.
Synopsis: For the sake of Earth a deal must be made. A broken soul must face the horrors of his past. Lovers are torn apart, and blood is shed. Our heroes learn that it takes more than strength to survive, and a prince will learn that redemption isn't easy. Canon pairings.
Comments: Incredibly well written. Goes very in depth into what exactly happens to the rest of the universe after Freeza, and conveniently pulls the cast into it without making them the center of attention. Somewhat Vegeta-centric, and, as hinted in the summary, manages to avoid making the cast too overpowered for their enemies, despite taking place after the Buu saga. Updates are recent, and it's already a nice long read.
Synopsis: Trunks goes too far back in time and ends up on a planet being purged by Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz. Trunks reluctantly joins the trio and is exposed to the darkness that is his father's past. Complete.
Comments: The writing in this story is absolutely spectacular. The author pulls no punches in her portrayal of Vegeta, as he's every bit the monster he was at that point in time. The plot is gripping and full of twists and turns that will keep you reading, and the characterization is phenomenal.
YMMV on this one. Vegeta, unlike in canon, shows almost no signs of changing at all, and Trunk's involvement inadvertently sends everything down the tubes. This fic is a horror story, that starts out bad and ends up worse. Well written, but only read it if you want to see the entire world go to hell.
Given that the story is now complete, I can say that the above entry has some things wrong...but it's spot on with others. The way in which Trunks affects his fellow Saiyans is slow and subtle, but the payoff is well worth the read. Plus, Raditz lives!
Synopsis: An AU where Frieza has Goku, Vegeta, and their families captured for experiments for ten years the human Z fighters plus Videl work on a ship together. Until Gohan manages to escape Frieza, meets Videl, and hides on the ship.
Comments: This is an amazing AU that somewhat reminds me of Firefly. It has good development with the characters, and shows good relationships between them. The action has great pace, and the plot is well thought-out. It's a WIP, but has regular updates.
Synopsis: Why Hercule decided to claim the credit for defeating Cell.
Comments: This is the most mature, complex and detailed look at Hercule's character I've read. The Hercule presented here is a man with complex motivations, and the strange mix of pragmatism and altruism is almost heartbreaking.
Synopsis: A misspoken wish lands Goten in the past, traveling alongside Bardock, the grandfather he never knew. Concerned for his friend's safety, Trunks soon joins him, and together with Raditz and Vegeta they travel from Vegeta-sei to Earth, meeting up with family and friends and trying to find a way back home.
Comments: The writer doesn't get all the facts quite right, notably ages and the like, but has a solid plot and complete characterization of all those involved. Though she's not above a little humor thrown in here or there. A good read for those who find Bardock an underused character.
Synopsis: Seven years in hell can make even a hardened Saiyan rethink his ways. When a newly-dead Vegeta seeks out an old comrade in hell with a personal request, Raditz finds himself thrust back into the world of the living as a specter charged with protecting Vegeta's family and his own nephews.
Comments: Not much to say about this one. It's good — which is rare in DBZ fanfiction if the sparsity of this page is any indication — to the point of being Better Than Canon, and the villain shakes up the My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours cycle in interesting ways; instead of just being stronger than the heroes, the new villain is tricky and just plain hard to kill.
Synopsis: Sister/sequel fic to Raditz's Return. While Raditz is busy protecting Bulma and the kids on Earth, Vegeta isn't content to wait around for the gang to use the Dragonballs to resurrect him. Instead, the Prince of Saiyans embarks on a journey into the Mythic Hells, the underworlds of long-dead religions and mythologies, in search of a means to escape hell by his own power.
Comments: Probably the best Dragon Ball Z fic this troper has ever read, even better than Raditz's Return. Might not be up to par with Fanfic titans like Team 8 or Shinji and Warhammer 40K, but if you liked Raditz's Return then it's definitely worth a read.
Synopsis: The Earth is threatened by a new enemy, and they've figured out how to cancel out the ability to use ki. How will the Z Senshi fare when forced to protect the Earth while inflicted with this bizarre and crippling limitation?
Comments: This is a fun story. The author brings back all the minor characters that got pushed to the side and makes them active and useful. The Z fighters are forced to fight strategically and cautiously, and they're forced to think as well as punch their way through problems. The author does a good job keeping everybody in character. Be warned, there's some swearing, which can be a little jarring. Also, the whole theme of, "Use your head, not just your fist," does get a little Anvilicious, but that kink aside this story is excellent.
Synopsis: Android creation explained, human potential expanded upon and the details of world politics examined. Set between the Freeza and Cell sagas, explodes the effects of the Garlic Jr. saga. Recommended for fans of the first Dragon Ball series. In progress.
Comments: This is a brilliant and thoughtful story without falling into any cliche traps . The author brings back all the minor characters that got pushed to the side and makes them active, useful and interesting but in realistic ways. The brilliant and imaginative thought put into the world of DBZ by this author is brilliant, 40 chapters long and still going strong the O Cs are done tastefully and well they are well thought out and their interaction with the story makes sense and works; obviously this does not take away from the series' normal characters. I cannot say much else for fear of spoiling, truly an excellent fic and it deserves more love.
Synopsis: A sinister force has taken some of Goku's friends and bolstered their power... as well as cutting loose the resentment that lies inside their hearts.
Comments: It's a neat concept that handled well, though the writing is rough and Tien, Puar, and Chaotzu are forgotten. However, the characterization is good and the plotting is deft. Besides, it has (almost) every character who never did anything beating on the characters who got too much attention.
Synopsis: Rather than Vegeta becoming the Majin slave of Babidi during the early Buu Saga, the wizard chooses another Saiyan... Gohan.
Comments: This story seems to be unfortunately abandoned now (two years as of this addition), but the 30 chapters of this story are all extremely well-written and take the Majin concept in an interesting direction. Serious bonus points as well for using the canon events to take a much darker turn than the anime in a way that makes sense for the character.
Synopsis: After the Cell Games, Chichi tries to cheer up Gohan...by defeating Vegeta in combat?! But what she gets is more than anyone could have bargained for...
Comments: This fic starts off as deceptively simple (though well-written) fluff before it pulls a total Wham Moment, at which point the fic explodes into an epic with a well-blended combination of comedy, action, and drama. Instead of the standard My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours fare the villain goes the way of David Xanatos, and seemingly "useless" characters such as Puar, Chichi and Yamcha finally get their chance to shine.
Synopsis: After the Cell Games, the Borg (TNG-era) arrive at Earth after discovering Goku's energy signature. Vegeta tells them that he has some knowledge as to who they are, as Frieza blockaded a planet that was invaded by them.
Comments: Wow, just wow. All the characters are in-character, the Borg are incredibly scary in this fic, and we get the idea that the Z-fighters are in for one hell of a battle. Sadly, it hasn't updated since '03.
The Borg are only scary until you recall that at this point in DBZ just about all of the major characters are capable of destroying entire planets without too much trouble.
Synopsis: There's 3 major arcs. The first, where Gohan enters high school, but the Red Rain army are moving in to try to take control of Satan City, and they've duplicated some of Dr. Gero's android technology. The second arc has Babidi planting a dark seed into Gohan and watching the chaos unleashed. The third arc has has an uninterrupted Budokai.
Comments: Very well done. Several minor characters from the original Dragon Ball saga make an appearance and are fleshed out. Spelling could use a little work, as there's more than the occasional misspelled word. Complete, but continued in Torment and Pain
Typos like "murmured in disbelieve" and "pail in comparison" make this story hard to take seriously, although the writing and plotting was interesting enough to keep me reading for a few paragraphs. -Reyemile
Synopsis: In this retelling of the "Search for the Dragonballs" saga, Son Goku is now a little girl with a monkey tail and superhuman strength who is found by a bratty teenaged boy named Bulma, who is on a quest to find seven orbs that can summon a wish-granting dragon. Along the way, they meet many friends and enemies.
Comments: This is almost definitely, in my opinion, the best genderbending fanfiction ever. While the story changed many genders of some of the characters (ex. Goku and Yamcha are females, Bulma and Chi-Chi are males), it both kept and switched around many of the important plot points of the original manga without making the characters act out-of-character (ex. Bulma wanting to wish for the perfect girlfriend, Yamcha wanting wish away her fear of boys)
Synopsis: Like the other genderbent fanfic above it, it is another retelling of the "Search for the Dragonballs" saga. However, the author has stated that she wants her fic to go through this arc to the end of Buu Arc, meaning that this genderswapped fic is a retelling of the whole story of Dragon Ball
Comments: Even though it just started and is currently on-going, it is quite an interesting read, as this writer keeps the characters much like how they are in the original story, only with their genders reversed. Plus, it still keeps the vibe of the original without having to make so much changes.
Synopsis: Two separate plans awaken and entwine after Frieza's death, leaving Goku and Piccolo to deal with their nightmarish results. But not even they could foresee disaster. It has come down to one final battle... how do you free a mind trapped by a demon?
Comments: Piccolo-centric; very well-done with lots of interesting plot twists, this story has a rather unique outlook on Piccolo and his demonic origins. For the most part everyone is in character; though Chi-Chi and Kami of all people get some slight Death Eater treatment it's nothing gratuitous, and if you can tolerate that it is otherwise an excellent story.
Synopsis: Tired of an absent father, Gohan reaches his breaking point when Goku leaves his family to train with Uub. Gohan's clear that he never wants to see his father again but what happens when Goku comes back for a visit? How will everyone deal with this issue?
Comments: Picking up right at the point where Z left off, this story takes a rather darker look at the effects that Goku's repeated abandonment have had on his family, and on Gohan in particular. The drama is gripping and the author mercifully avoids Ron the Death Eater territory with regards to Goku's character; his bad behavior is due to his childlike thoughtlessness rather than a desire to hurt, and once he is made aware of the pain his actions have caused he makes a genuine effort to make amends with his family even if he doesn't ultimately succeed in Gohan's case. The ending is both satisfying and realistic, as well as being true to the spirit of the series.
Warnings: YMMV on Gohan's characterization; some may consider his anger with his father extreme to the point of being OOC, especially what with screaming out "I hate him!" at one point, and refusing to give Goku another chance even after he has shown remorse. His changed attitude is, however, given a tolerable explanation within the context of the story.
Synopsis: "Following a night of drunken debauchery, Trunks finds a shocking slip of paper in his room. 'Marriage License,' he says, showing his best friend the sheet. 'Trunks Briefs and Goten Son. That's definitely us, alright.' *Non-Yaoi. No. Really.*"
Comments: It really isn't, either. If anything, it mocks the whole pairing into the ground... hilariously. It's our boys' childhood antics taken to the logical conclusion, and one can only wish that the author had included the look on Vegeta's face.
Synopsis: What if Raditz touched down in West City, instead of an empty field? An unlikely fighter has to face the odds and protect the city without Goku to back him up, wildly changing the destiny of the entire planet... and his own. This is his story.
Comments: Instead of crashing out in a field and killing one farmer before going hunting for Goku, Raditz crashes into west city, kills several dozen people, and gets into a fight with Yamcha. One lucky tail-grabbing victory later, Yamcha, now in bad need of medical attention, ends up being abducted by Dr. Gero. Piccolo arrives just in time for Raditz to wake up, and the two get into a fight. Goku arrives just in time to misunderstand the situation, taking Piccolo as the attacker and Raditz as the defender. And from there, things spiral further out of control. All in all, this fic is very well written. The characters feel in character, even as the plot pits them against each other and teams them up with villains, both knowingly and unknowingly. Unfortunately, this seems to be a dead fic.
Synopsis: After narrowly escaping the wrath of Frieza upon Planet Vegeta, a team of Saiyans descends on Planet Haven to hide. But Haven isn't without problems of its own, and Blitzo, Rhuna, and Makurin - along with team mechanic and leader Zeang - quickly find themselves involved in a battle spanning generations.
Comments: This is a decent fic depicting the lives of several escaped Saiyans and their own struggles on a planet Earth of their own, taking place parallel to canon but rarely involving canon characters. It's a little bit into the second "volume" (of a planned five, judging by the author referring to it as a Pentology), and while it starts off kinda amateur-ish, starts to really improve around halfway through the first volume. It's actually got a very involved story once it gets going, with plenty of characters and a lot of good fight scenes. Dragon Ball X also expands on some of the more drifted-over explanations of the original series and in later chapters begins to incorporate a much more realistic perspective on super-powered fighting. Definitely worth a read, and it could do with some attention.
Synopsis: The River of Fate is a DBZ fan-fiction story which completely disregards anything which happened in canon after the battle between Goku and Frieza on planet Namek. Frieza, who is suffering from complete amnesia, is recovered by a kind-hearted cyber technician and lives an entirely different life than the one he knew as a tyrant of worlds. Meanwhile, back on Earth, King Furry summons the human Z fighters and with the aid of Dr Gero, enlists them as his personal lieutenants in the Earth Defense Corps, an organization whose focus is to defend the Earth against alien and domestic threats, as well as claim the Dragon Balls as property of the Crown. This puts the human Z fighters and the androids at odds with the saiyans and the namekians, causing a civil war between the Z warriors. But that is not all, as new enemies and players join this Game of Worlds, and quickly the entire Earth becomes a battlefield of untold proportions. And on the back of everybody's mind, lays a shadow ... a presence which is sleeping ... waiting ...for the right time to pounce.
Comments: One of the best dbz fanfictions I have ever read, it shows a very in character look of different characters and their point of views as well as what would happen if a civil war ever started with the z fighters
Synopsis: The author has taken the infamous "Dragon Ball GT", and recreated it in a way that the children characters (with ages retconned), Pan, Goten, Trunks, Bulla and Marron go to space instead of Goku, Trunks and Pan. The author manages to give Bulla, Marron and Goten, who barely had any screentime in the show, a good role and growing personalities in the story. Each chapter seems to be about five thousand words. So far, there are seven chapters and the story is still going. As of now, the story focuses on the kids as they travel the Northern Galaxy, searching for the Black Star Dragon Balls. The author also does not use any of the planets from the original show. It's a good, funny, and sometimes exciting read. Ongoing.
Synopsis: Humiliated, embarrassed and proven all but useless by the Saiyans, Yamcha long ago gave up on the idea of ever being one of Earth's great heroes. For a long time, all he could do was stand by and watch as the Saiyans protected him and everyone else from threats to the Earth. But when a new menace appears, one that even the Saiyans are powerless against, can Yamcha find it within himself to save not only the Saiyans, but the Earth itself?
Comments: As someone who always hated the insults directed at Yamcha by some Dragonball Z fans, this fic is a breath of fresh air. Not only does it give A Day in the Limelight to a character who's long overdue for one, it also features a villain that actually uses planning and intelligence to battle the Z fighters, rather than just brute strength. An underrated gem.
Synopsis: Bulma, wanting to understand Vegeta better, uses a teleportation pod to make her a Saiyan, trains with 18 and uses a time machine to travel to Planet Vegeta and proceeds to get stuck there. Forced to work with Frieza (Not wanting to change what comes later) and watch over Vegeta as a child, Bulma gets far more than what she wished for.
Comments: This is one of the finest fanfiction pieces-it's a Tear Jerker at times, especially at the end where she Fights Vegeta who doesn't recognize her and goes Super Saiyan. It evades the usual pitfalls of time travel fic and what Bulma goes through in the past is truly heart-wrenching.
Synopsis: Bardock gained the ear of his king and the future changed. Now the Saiya-jin Empire fights a war against the Cold Empire lead by their Prince, on the verge of Super Saiyan. However, Freeza's experiments and metal soldiers often drive the Saiya-jin back. Then Raditz is sent to fetch his younger brother from Earth. He returns with the news that Earth has been destroyed and his brother captured. But he also brings with him someone who can turn the course of the war, a scientist by the name of Bulma Briefs, his new wife. Then she catches the eye of Prince Vegeta and the stage is set for a love triangle played out before the backdrop of war, where desire and love battle with honor and authority and the future can only be seen by one man, Bardock who has returned from captivity with his youngest son to see to the destruction of the Cold Empire.
The writer of this fic never wastes a character. All of them are distinct and examined with voices and points of view that do not contradict canon for the canonical characters and are more than mouthpieces for original ones. One or two places skirt lemon, but nothing to explicit. Very well written so that no plot overrides the other and no character or race forces another to be neglected. All very realistic and sure to keep the reader interested until the end.
Synopsis: During the Saiyan Saga, Bulma sneaks onto the battlefield to watch the fight. After Yamcha is killed, she becomes hysterical and begins yelling at Vegeta for trying to kill them when they are the only one who can find the Dragonballs him and Nappa seek. Vegeta then decides to kidnap Bulma and the three go to Namek to use their Dragonballs. Bulma begins to connect with the two Saiyans and when they realize Frieza is on his way to Namek, she is able to convince them to use the Dragonballs for something other than immortality. Instead, Vegeta uses the wishes to bring back planet Vegeta, transport themselves and the Namekians there, and revive the entire Saiyan race. Frieza wouldn't bother looking for them on a planet he believes doesn't exist, so the Saiyans and Nameks are safe, but only for now...
Commentary: A very well done AU fic. The characterizations are spot-on and the romance between Bulma and Vegeta is developing nicely.
Synopsis: An early, influential AU of epic scope. Vejiitasei is not destroyed, Zarbon finds himself swearing fealty to the Saiyan monarchy, Frieza is setting a clash of empires into motion, and Earth gets caught in the web of intergalactic politics. At the center of everything is Vegeta: a prince whose royal responsibilities are constantly at war with his ambitious personality and forbidden attraction to Bulma: genius of Capsule Corporation and a young woman tying to balance a business model that will save the Earth with the moral problems of marrying into an evil alien empire. Tons of characters, suspense, action, romance, and all skillfully done.
Commentary: Very addictive, Better Than Canon. The characterization and pacing are impressive, as is the complex but seamless introduction of Saiyan culture and biology. (Perhaps not too surprising, since the author double-majored in English and Biology.) Everyone is pitch-perfect, from Bardock to the Z-warriors. Still unfinished, but you'd do a disservice to yourself to pass over the fic for that reason — there are Author's Notes available if you can't wait to know how it ends. This troper was in love at first sight, and a re-read ten years later convinced me its excellence was hardly just nostalgia talking. This fic absolutely Needs More Love.
Synopsis: When everything is lost and you have no meaning anymore why not to wipe out all traces of it? Consumed by dark rage ChiChi has a surprise for Goku but which one is the real surpriser?
Commentary: NSFW. Humorous.Chichi lays awake one night contemplating her life as a wife and a mother and suddenly decides to try to smother a sleeping Goku, the strongest being in the universe, with a pillow. Because sometimes married couples wanna kill their spouses. A look into how nearly thirty years of marriage between Goku and ChiChi still works.
Synopsis: Kakarot was considered to be the strongest Saiyan warrior. Princess Chichi was considered to be Earth's strongest hero. When Kakarot lands on Earth on a false mission by the jealous Saiyan Prince Vegeta, what will happen when two extremely powerful fighters meet? Will they be enemies...or lovers?
Commentary: This is an interesting twist on the whole "what if Kakarot never became Goku?" thing! In this A/U, Kakarot's change from villain to hero is surprisingly real and somewhat touching. Plus, his growing romance with Chichi (who basically takes Goku's place as Earth's strongest fighter) is quite beautiful and real, too. There are few naughty bits between the two, but it's not totally NSFW.
Synopsis: One confession starts off a chain of them.
Comments: This story perfectly encapsulates the way I think that Goten and Trunks's sexual orientations work with regard to each other. Contains If It's You, It's Okay-similar bits which may not be to everyone's taste, but for these two, it works. Even aside from the orientation, they're written wonderfully in character. Just ignore the little Gratuitous Japanese here and there.
Synopsis: This is one of the best piece of writing this tropes has read, ever. Glad Day is a five-parts fic, Lisalu's own take on the popular "Bulma is taken to Planet Vegeta" theme. It's beautifully written and has a great characterization, but it's really, really dark and very unsettling. While reading the first part, people might wonder why this fiction is in the shipping section, but saying anything else about the plot would be a spoiler; all I can say is that it's simply amazing. read it.
Synopsis: Vegetto remains fused after Majin Buu self-destructs.
Comments: Not strictly a shipping fic, but it does pair up Vegetto and Bulma rather than Vegetto and Chi Chi which is why its in the shipping section. Vegetto deals with being the strongest person in the Dragon Ball universe, the remaining threat of the Majin Curse, and training his children to protect the next generation. Some significant appearances by Krilin, Tien, Chaotzu and Yamcha in later chapters as well.
Synopsis: An AU where Earth is destroyed while Vegeta and Nappa were en route. Bulma and Vegeta work together, alone on the Ginyu's ship trying to get the dragon balls so they can each get their wish.
Comments: This was hard to write a synopsis for. Really it's two characters getting together in a way that hasn't been beaten to death. They are in character and we get a "alien bond" that works for the story. It ends well. I really like this fic, I just don't know how to say it.
Synopsis: Set three years after Trunks returns to his future and destroys the androids, the half-Saiyan finds himself dealing with, in order: his mother conspiring to set him up because she thinks he needs a girlfriend, a group of alien refugees with mind-reading abilities, a prophesy he can't make heads or tails of, helping Bulma set up a brand new college, and a dance student with a most unexpected secret...
Comments: Despite putting this with the shipping fics, 18 chapters in no real pairings have materialized just yet, though it's pretty clear there will be later on. The writing is well-done and the story has good pacing and believable original characters. Even if you don't like O Cs, this one is well-designed and anything but a Mary Sue. Little bit of a trigger warning though, as rape is mentioned in regards to a character's backstory, though the subject is handled in a fairly respectful manner.
Fics that re-tell canon from another character's POV and focus on that character's experiences.Who Would Have Thought? by wingsofseyfert12
Recommended by Joebro
Synopsis: The androids have destroyed the time machine and have killed Trunks. Now there is no hope in this forsaken world. Yet there are some forgotten warriors who beg to differ. RENEWED and EXTENDED edition of the other story.
Comments: Bonus for being a completed story. The very definition of 'Day In The Lime Light'. Focuses on characters such as Mr. Satan, Roshi, Chichi, and Tao Pai Pai trying to defeat the androids. Starts in the forsaken future timeline and it definitely gets worse. Just think of the implications of Cell absorbing Kid Buu, and that's not even the worst of it.
Synopsis: The life and times of Yamcha, from his point of view.
Comments: Ever wanted a Yamcha-focused fic with a sympathetic POV? Here it is. Incredibly well-written and everyone always in character. Focuses on his eternal friendship with Puar and his rocky relationship with Bulma. Chapters have been published on-and-off over seven years, having just restarted after a long absence.
Synopsis: What would happen if Goku was absorbed by Majin Buu and Gohan had to fuse with Vegeta to take on this new threat? Explore the Saga of "Vegehan", the fused entity that was formerly two separate beings; Gohan, the Prodigal Warrior and Vegeta, the Prideful Saiyan Prince.
Comments: If you've ever wanted to see Gohan and Vegeta fuse and battle Super Buu, this story is the way to go. The action is fantastic, the author captures the essence of each character and you won't get bored in the slightest!
Synopsis: During the eve of the Cell Games, Gohan spends his time in Orange City. There he meets a girl named Erasa and spend a momentous day together that'd forever change their lives.
Comments: An adorable start to a predictably sweet series. While the In-Canon relationship between Videl and Gohan was contrived in its romantic ventures, Erasa and Gohan seemed to have a natural parallel innocence that seems to make their chemistry "click" better. The description and scenes involving these two in the first chapter alone makes you want to see more interaction between these two. While a fresh ongoing series, I personally can't wait to see more!