Fanon / Dragon Ball

From Dragon Ball Z:

  • Dragon Ball Z fanfiction is almost universally permeated with the notion that Saiyans undergo some sort of physiological/psychic connection when they fall in love, that Saiyans mate for life, refer to their love interests specifically as mates, and that the connection is formed in a process called "bonding" which involves one or both partners biting the other on the neck vampire-style. People may have originally gotten the idea for the psychic connection thing from a scene in the anime where Bulma gets a horrible feeling as Vegeta dies against Majin Buu. However, this is the only scene even close to suggesting this, appearing to show that numerous writers have blown it out of proportion.
    • It could also be said for when Videl senses that Gohan is alive despite everyone thinking he's dead.
    • Likewise in Super, there's an episode where future!Mai seems to communicate with future!Trunks telepathically (he hears her voice despite her lips clearly not moving).
    • It's especially bizarre since we see in Dragon Ball that Master Roshi can read minds if he focuses. Saiyans, meanwhile, didn't even know ki sensing was possible so it doesn't seem likely they'd have been able to use telepathy all this time.
  • Broly. Due to a liberal translation in the FUNi dub, he is almost universally thought to be increasing his power level at a constant rate, indefinitely, while in his Legendary Super Saiyan form. (The DBZ Multiverse fan manga has actually made it a plot point). Actually that Broly replenishes his Ki and stamina and keeps them at the top no matter how long he fights is closer to the truth.
  • A small but vocal section of the fandom believes that male Saiyans are capable of getting pregnant and bearing children, due to the fact that nearly all of the Saiyan characters that have showed up in the series are male.
    • A different portion takes the same evidence and comes to the conclusion that Saiyans have a higher sex ratio than humans, such that male births are more common than female births.
  • Another, less disturbing bit of fanon is the general acceptance that the heart disease that took Goku out of action in the Android saga and wreaked havoc on the world in the alternate timeline was caught by Goku on Yardrat and brought to Earth, despite contracting it a year later in Trunks' timeline and three years later in the regular timeline.
    • Diseases lying dormant in a body for years is not unheard of, it's actually a Truth in Television. We're not given enough information on his heart disease to understand what it fully is but many fans assume it to be a virus of some sort because it fits the characteristics of Virus Latency. Also, if not a virus, there is the possibility of incubation period which is the period between infection and clinical onset of the disease. It's possible that training for the Androids gave Goku a healthier body which allowed his immune system to fight off the disease for a longer period of time but on the day of the Android attack fighting them overexerted his body and the pathogen struck.
    • Which could be related to the French dub saying he got it on Namek (and yes, why then Vegeta, Krillin and co. didn't is anyone's guess).
  • Chichi attacking Goku (or anyone else) with a frying pan, despite the fact that she was never seen doing this in the original series. However, in the 2008 special, Chichi was finally seen using a frying pan as a weapon on Master Roshi, making this officially canon.
  • Mystic Gohan. That specific title was never used in the official material (licensed games referred to this form as "Ultimate Gohan") but that form of Gohan does exist, apparently transcending Super Saiyan, and unlocked by Old Kai in the Buu saga.
  • Videl states that surnames have fallen out of fashion in the world where Dragon Ball takes place, to the point where she guesses that Son Gohan is the son of Son Goku because very few families still use surnames. Nonetheless, it's common for fans to give characters surnames, for example: Bulma Briefs and Videl Satan, despite those being Bulma's father's given name and Videl's father's stage name, respectively.
  • A widely accepted fanfiction idea is Vegeta was raped/abused by Frieza at some point during his time working with him, and the abuse/rapes were what fueled his treachery.
  • Speaking of Frieza, given how murky or nonexistent his backstory is, fanon has inevitably attempted to fill in the gaps, regarding everything from the name of his race/species, to his actual age, to why he is apparently the only villain in Dragon Ball Z who is evil of his own free will.
  • Due to how Goku and Vegeta don't seem to age between the beginning of Dragon Ball Z and the beginning of Dragon Ball GT despite how many years pass, many fans have concluded that Saiyans age slower and have longer lifespans than normal humans. Like the Mr. Seahorse theory above, this often shows up in Goku/Vegeta yaoi fics, usually as a way to get rid of Chi-Chi and Bulma.
    • It is presented as canon that saiyans age slower than humans and stay in their physical prime longer. This is explicitly stated by Vegeta after the post-Buu timeskip in Dragon Ball Z, before the final tournament. Whether or not they have longer lifespans is up in the air.
      • Assuming a saiyan's body works similar to a human's (and considering that saiyans and humans can interbreed with no real medical intervention it's a safe assumption) one can assume that slower ageing and a longer physical prime would translate to longer lifespan because aging is actually a result of the body's natural ability to regenerate and repair itself deteriorating. The older we are the less the body can regenerate resulting in things like slower healing, weaker immune systems, and the various physical signs of ageing (impaired senses, difficulty moving, wrinkles and graying hair, etc). Most old age deaths are either from the body not being able to recover from illness due to a weakened immune system or just the body shutting down because it can't support itself anymore. If saiyans age slower and have a longer physical prime, that means their bodies hold onto their natural regenerative abilities for longer. Therefore unless saiyans abruptly hit the wall and go from their primes to decrep in 10 years they must have a longer lifespan.
  • A lot of fan fictions tend to have Vegeta never calling someone by their name aside from Goku and Trunks, like "Earth Woman" for Bulma, "Kakarot's" son for Gohan, or "The Bald One" for Krillin despite the fact that Vegeta regularly call them by their name, particularly after his Character Development.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Z