''Dragon Ball'' is a Japanese media franchise created by Creator/AkiraToriyama. It began as [[Manga/DragonBall a manga]] that was serialized in ''Weekly Shonen Jump'' from [[LongRunners 1984 to 1995]], chronicling the adventures of a cheerful monkey boy named Son Goku, in a story that was originally based off the Chinese tale ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' (the character Son Goku both was based on and [[BilingualBonus literally named after]] [[Literature/JourneyToTheWest Sun Wukong]], in turn inspired by [[Literature/{{Ramayana}} Hanuman]]). The manga was soon adapted into one of the most popular {{anime}} productions ever made.

The story follows Goku and a huge cast of friends and enemies as they search for the magical Dragon Balls that can make any wish come true. Of course, no sooner had someone gathered and used the Dragon Balls than they would have to be sought out again. On top of all this Goku was training up to fight in the periodic "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament. The series is generally broken down into several arcs, with Emperor Pilaf, the 21st World Martial Arts Tournament, the Red Ribbon Army, the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament, Demon King Piccolo, and the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, plus a few filler mini-arcs, comprising [[Anime/DragonBall the original Dragon Ball anime series]], for a total of 153 episodes. After defeating these major threats to the world, Goku finally won the tournament on his third attempt and went off to get married.

After that, the anime (and the American version of the manga from that point) experienced a name change to ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', while it continued uninterrupted as ''Dragon Ball'' in the Japanese (and every other version in the world) manga. The reason was the ''Dragon Ball Z'' period featured a change in showrunner, as well as some of the animation team (and the author [[WordOfGod thought it would be ending soon]])... on top of undergoing a '''''massive''''' [[{{Retool}} plot realignment]] and [[DarkerAndEdgier tone shift]] that [[WhamEpisode significantly alters the arc of the story]]. At the start, it is revealed that Goku was not simply a boy with a tail but one of the last of the alien race, the Saiyans. He was sent into space shortly before the Saiyan planet was destroyed (with shades of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', ''Anime/GoldenBat'', and ''[[http://www.animevice.com/prince-of-gamma/18-31482/ Prince of Gamma]]''). Goku and his friends, reinforced by former enemies (a recurring theme) had to fight [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil progressively more powerful]] villains. Although Goku and his martial arts skills (which let him and his friends fly, throw energy blasts and occasionally read minds) dominated the battles, the story was actually mostly about Goku's son Gohan and how he faces the challenges. Running seven years and nearly 300 episodes, the series can be broken down into the four primary {{big bad}}s of the series: Vegeta, Freeza (Frieza in the dub), Cell, and Majin Boo (or Majin Buu in the dub, or Djinn-Boo in the manga). Both ''Dragon Ball'' the manga and ''Dragon Ball Z'' the anime came to a triumphant conclusion after 519 manga chapters and 444 anime episodes (plus two TV specials) after Gohan is married and his own daughter Pan enters the "Strongest Under the Heavens" tournament.

Since the original ''Dragon Ball'' saga was a mega-hit, ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' was created as an anime-only continuation by [[Creator/ToeiAnimation Toei]], with some character designs and initial input by Toriyama. ''GT'' was not as well received, lasting 64 episodes before cancellation (although this was still much longer than originally intended), bringing the original era of Dragon Ball anime to an end at 508 episodes plus 3 TV specials, although the status of ''GT'' as part of the canon [[FanonDiscontinuity has been hotly debated since, with fans on the fence on where it lies]]. After the release of new material written by Toriyama himself starting in 2013, ''GT'' is now officially an AlternateContinuity[[note]]2013 was the year ''[[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Battle of Gods]]'' was released, and it's the first film in the franchise to be {{canon}}. Two years later, ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection F]]'', the direct sequel to ''Battle of Gods'', was released, followed by ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', which is also canon[[/note]].

At one point ''Dragon Ball'' was turned into an [[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame MMORPG]] by Netmarble, simply titled ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline''. [[NoExportForYou It was only released in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Korea]]. The game had three playable races: [[UnEvenHybrid Saiyan Hybrids]] ([[CallASmeerpARabbit called "Humans" in-game]]), Namekian, and Majin. The servers and website for the game were closed in 2013.

The success of ''Dragon Ball'', and its ''overwhelming'' influence on not just Japanese but ''global'' popular culture, is impossible to dispute. It became one of the biggest hits ever in Japan, it was the series that popularized manga and anime the most in Europe, Americans always have an idea of what it is when they hear its title, most Latinos and Americans who grew up during the 1990s have watched it, it's still running on TV internationally and merchandising is alive and well. It is sometimes derided for being simplistic and for drawn-out multi-episode fights with little story progression; however, one must keep in mind that the show is primarily aimed at [[{{Shonen}} kids and teens age 10 to 18]], with [[PeripheryDemographic older adults not really in the picture]].

There were many {{non serial movie}}s (only a few could be wedged into the series' timeline) released at least once a year, three set in the ''Dragon Ball'' timeline and thirteen for ''Dragon Ball Z''. Two made-for-TV movies were made for ''Dragon Ball Z'', which are technically in canon, and until ''Super'' retconned ''GT'' out of canon, the same went for the made-for-TV ''Dragon Ball GT'' movie. They returned to this well for the seventeenth one to commemorate the [[{{milestone celebration}} tenth anniversary]] of the franchise, and they did a web special in 2008 to commemorating the 40th anniversary of ''Magazine/ShonenJump''. There have also been several TV specials and OVA's within the franchise, mostly based on the ''Dragon Ball Z'' portion of the story.

To date, there's been three {{live action adaptation}}s: The American-made ''Film/DragonballEvolution'', which came out in 2009, the earlier, campier, Taiwanese ''[[Film/DragonBallTheMagicBegins Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins]]'', and the Korean-made ''Film/DragonBallFightForVictorySonGoku''.

In the early 2000s, the manga was re-released in Japan as the "Kanzenban" or "Perfect Edition," with brand-new covers drawn by Toriyama. This split the 519 chapters across 34 volumes instead of the original release's 42, the Kanzenban also included all of the original color pages, and every other issue included a booklet with a drawing by current, popular Shueisha artists, talking about how much ''Dragon Ball'' had influenced them. The final volume in 2004 included a new, adjusted ending written and drawn by Toriyama.

From 2009-2011, Toei aired ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' (''Dragon Ball Z Kai'' [[MarketBasedTitle outside Japan]]), a "[[{{Recut}} refreshing]]" of ''Dragon Ball Z'' initially only covering the material from the Saiyan to the Cell Games arcs with almost no {{filler}} or {{padding}}. In 2014, ''Kai'' resumed but on a much lower budget, with different music, and including a lot more filler than the previus run.

''Dragon Ball'' now also has a {{spinoff}} manga called ''Dragon Ball SD'' in ''Saikyo Jump'' by Naho Ooishi which began on December 3, 2010, some 26 years after the first chapter of the original series was first published in ''Shonen Jump''. As of June 21, 2011, there was another spinoff, this time a one-shot, called ''Episode of Bardock'', also by Ooishi; later in the same year the Bardock short received an {{animated adaptation}}, and Shueshia started to reprint brand new copies of the original manga, in its original 42 Volume glory, although with a different stylized logo.

In 2012, Toei Animation started reworking on their classic animated adaptations, with brand new productions. ''Dragon Ball'' wouldn't be left out of the party, and it was announced that Toei was working on a new movie named ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods''. Toriyama was directly involved with the writing and it was to be set not long after the defeat of Kid Boo. The movie hit Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013. Two years later, Toriyama worked with Toei again to bring about a direct sequel to ''Battle of Gods'', titled ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF''.

Later in 2015, 18 years after the end of ''GT'', Toei announced that the franchise was going to get a new TV anime called ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Premiering on Fuji TV on July 5, 2015, the series at first simply retold the events of ''Battle of Gods'' and ''Resurrection F'' before moving on to its own new material.

Needless to say, the franchise's impact on shonen manga is unparalleled to say the very least. Although not the first to employ the vast number of the tropes that it is most associated with, it became the de facto ''face'' of them (especially outside its home country where, for many, it was ''[[GatewaySeries the first anime anyone ever saw]]'' and a introduction to both the shonen battle genre and anime in general). To this day, the shonen genre, and various anime in general that use elements from it, pay homage to, or parody, this series and continue its legacy. For proof, one need only look as far as three series of [[TurnOfTheMillennium the Noughts]] which are often considered the most direct of its spiritual successors: ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', and ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
!!Works with their own pages:
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' (manga; 1984-95)
** ''Dragon Ball'' (anime; 1986-89)
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' (1989-96)
*** ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' (2009-11, 2014-15)
* ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' (1996-97)
* ''Manga/JacoTheGalacticPatrolman'' (2013-14) [[spoiler: StealthPrequel set before the first series. The title character would later return for ''Super''.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' (2015-18)

[[AC:Animated Films]]
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallCurseOfTheBloodRubies Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies]]'' (1986)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallSleepingPrincessInDevilsCastle Dragon Ball: Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle]]'' (1987)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallMysticalAdventure Dragon Ball: Mystical Adventure]]'' (1988)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZDeadZone'' (1989)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZTheWorldsStrongest'' (1990)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight'' (1990)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallZLordSlug Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug]]'' (1991)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge'' (1991)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallZTheReturnOfCooler Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler]]'' (1992)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZSuperAndroid13'' (1992)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan'' (1993)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZBojackUnbound'' (1993)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolySecondComing'' (1994)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZBioBroly'' (1994)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZFusionReborn'' (1995)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZWrathOfTheDragon'' (1995)
* ''Anime/DragonBallThePathToPower'' (1996)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'' (2013)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' (2015)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallSuper2018 Upcoming film]]'' (December 2018)

[[AC:Crossover Specials]]
* ''Manga/DoctorSlump'': Crossed over in the original series during the Red Ribbon Army arc. The '90s ''Dr. Slump'' anime also had its own crossover episode. And ''Dragon Ball Super'' had both a cameo by Arale in one episode and a full episode crossover.
* ''Manga/CrossEpoch'': A crossover with ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* ''Anime/Dream9SuperCollaborationSpecial'': A one hour animated three way crossover with ''One Piece'' and ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''.

[[AC:Live Action Films]]
* ''Film/DragonBallFightForVictorySonGoku'' (Korea, 1990)
* ''[[Film/DragonBallTheMagicBegins Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins]]'' (Taiwan, 1991)
* ''Film/DragonballEvolution'' (USA, 2009)

[[AC: [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVAs]]]]
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallPlanToEradicateTheSaiyans Dragon Ball: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans]]'' (1993; original/2010; remake)
* ''[[Anime/TheWorldOfDragonBallZ The World of Dragon Ball Z]]'' (2000)
* ''Anime/DragonBallYoSonGokuAndHisFriendsReturn'' (2008)
* ''Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock'' (2011)

[[AC: TV Specials]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZBardockTheFatherOfGoku'' (1990)
* ''Anime/DragonBallZTheHistoryOfTrunks'' (1993)
* ''[[Anime/DragonBallZSummerVacationSpecial Dragon Ball Z: Summer Vacation Special]]'' (1992)
* ''[[Anime/LookingBackAtItAllTheDragonBallZYearEndShow Looking Back at it All: The Dragon Ball Z Year-End Show!]]'' (1993)
* ''Anime/DragonBallGTAHerosLegacy'' (1997)

[[AC:Video Games]]
* Lots of games mainly on Famicom and Super Famicom (plus a few European countries, mainly France and Spain).
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallShenlongNoNazo'' (Dragon Power in the US)
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZSuperButoden Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 3''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Shin Butōden''
** ''Dragon Ball Kai: Ultimate Butōden''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butōden''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZHyperDimension''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZArcade'' (1993-1995)
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZUltimateBattle22''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallGTFinalBout Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout]]'' (1997; second ''Dragon Ball'' game to be released in the North American market, though the first game, ''Dragon Power'', was changed considerably).
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallAdvanceAdventure''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallFusions''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallHeroes''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallOnline''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallOrigins Dragon Ball: Origins Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball: Origins''
** ''Dragon Ball: Origins 2''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallRevengeOfKingPiccolo''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBattleOfZ''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse''
** ''VideoGame/DragonBallXenoverse2''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZAttackOfTheSaiyans''
* ''VideoGame/SuperDragonBallZ''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai Dragon Ball Z Budokai Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 2''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBurstLimit''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZInfiniteWorld''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZRagingBlast Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast 2''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZTheLegacyOfGoku Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku II''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury''
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZSupersonicWarriors Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors Series]]''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors''
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZLegendarySuperWarriors''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallFighterZ''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZDokkanBattle''
* ''VideoGame/DragonBallZSagas''
* '' VideoGame/DragonBallLegends''
!! Additional Pages
* The [[DrinkingGame/{{Dragonball}} "Just For Fun" Drinking Game]].