Were it not for Goku, Gohan, or Trunks, the universe would easily have become an example of a Cosmic Horror Story. Think about it - you've got the Saiyans, which are capable of killing thousands without breaking a sweat, a conglomerate of immensely powerful aliens who employ the Saiyans that kill native populations for real estate purposes, an Android that is even more powerful than that, and you've got an Ax-Crazy, Omnicidal Maniac obsessed with destroying planets that ate a god. The kicker is that militias of the world are shown being completely inneffective against these threats.
Even the galactic police are incapable of dealing with these monsters. Let this sink in for a minute: Before Frieza blew up Planet Vegeta, a highly advanced civilization tried to wipe out the Saiyans with a biological weapon because they were deemed too dangerous to live. The Saiyans gave the bio-weapon a No Sell, and the Saiyans in question were downright WEAK in comparison to these monsters, with even King Vegeta and his royal guard being effortlessly defeated by first-form Frieza.
Of course, the fact that a biological weapon explicitly intended to cause extinctions couldn't wipe out the Saiyans, but a virus that Goku came down with could kill even a Super Saiyan, makes you wonder just what that virus is. Maybe the Androids weren't really the ones responsible for nearly wiping out humanity in Trunk's time, but rather that virus that killed Goku.
Fusion is a bit a fridge horror depending on the circumstances. Now with Vegetto, Gogeta, and Gotenks the merges are depicted as harmonious. The Fused being in those cases view themselves as a separate entity from the original fusees. However, when Shin and Kibito fused as well as Shin's ancestor Kai and the witch it wasn't harmonious. Kibitoshin is essentially a taller Shin and the Elder Kai is simply that. What happened to Kibito and the witch?
For Old Kai we aren't really shown what he or was like before their fusion, the 2 before and after fusing could be barely any different people for all we know. As for Kibito, from what we see of him it seems like he's pretty much Supreme Kai's sycophantic yes man, he does whatever Supreme Kai wants without question, so the idea that after being fused that Kibito would be taking anywhere near as much control over the fused body that Supreme Kai does is pretty ridiculous. In short, Kibito's probably still there, but he's content letting the Supreme Kai call the shots. It's probably the same reason why Kibito Kai doesn't use the fusion voice either, it's anyone's guess why Old Kai doesn't.
Makes sense, IIRC Kibito Kai is occasionally referred to as the Supreme Kai as well. It might just be Kibito's humility. Though it's strange that the two fused Kaioushin in the show are both depicted as dominant fusees.
It's entirely possible that because the Kais are so high above their fuse partners, that they ended up the dominant one in the mix.
There is a problem from a Filler where Buu (after killing everyone on Earth and destroying the planet) also destroyed at least one other planet with intelligent life on it. Later, they wish Earth back into existence and then revive every good person killed by Buu. Fridge Horror when you realize all those Aliens who were brought back to life... only to be floating in space to die horribly again.
Furthermore, there are all those islands Cell blew up when looking for 18. When the people inhabiting those islands were revived, they'd just reappear in the middle of the ocean, and presumably drown.
When the others gathered the Dragon Balls after the Cell Games, they wished for everyone killed by Cell to come back to life... leaving all those killed before by Vegeta and Dr. Gero dead.
Some of the OVA movies are set in an alternate timeline, where Goku got to the battle with Vegeta and Nappa earlier so that none of the Z-Fighters died, and therefore they never made the trip to Namek. This means that nobody was around to stop Frieza, who presumably wiped out the remaining Namekians.
But if none of the Z-Fighters died, they would have no reason to plan a trip to Namek, meaning Frieza never overheard their plans to go, meaning he never went there, either.
Still leaves Frieza with his galaxy-spanning empire where he's free to kill and destroy anyone he comes across, and might end up on Namek eventually anyway.
Boss Rabbit was left on the moon after he was defeated. A little later Roshi blows up the moon, presumably with the rabbits still living on it.
The Capsules. Ranging from practical (cars and house), to threatening (Launch being able to carry an entire armory of guns in her POCKET) to more horrific things like being able to hide dead bodies inside capsules (as Bulma does to Krillin after his first death, and later Master Roshi and Chiaotzu. If Bulma can easily place Krillin's body in a freezer capsule, turn the freezer into a capsule with HIM inside, you have to wonder how many potential unsolved murders there are. Presumably you could hide LIVING people inside a capsule. If not by simply pressing the button with them inside while they're alive, killing them, placing the body in a capsule, shrinking the capsule, and then resurrecting them with the Dragon Balls, without taking the body out. Given the accessibility of capsules in-universe, this could be done just about ANY DAY of the week.
Let's also consider the thought that not only could the capsules hold a living person, but multiple people. One person could carry an entire gang of armed soldiers into any place they want.
In the Buu saga, Videl accidentally kicked an opponent's head so hard it snapped his neck. Now remember she's on the weak end of the cast, with even the little kids far exceeding her power. You start to realize just how much power these characters have and are holding back.
This isn't as much of a shock when you remember that most of the characters have been able to cause an Earth-Shattering Kaboom three arcs ago.
The filler before the Cell Games seem like Heart Warming moments... until you realize that Goku's putting the entire fate of the world on his own son, who a) might not be able to gather up enough energy to destroy Cell, and b) might not even want to fight Cell!! This, after he told everyone that even he would be utterly destroyed by Cell! He was really, really lucky Gohan was able to do both (a) and (b) otherwise the world would have been really, really screwed.
Goku already knew long before they ever even fought that he was no match for Cell, otherwise Goku probably would have just beaten Cell himself and called it a day. His Batman Gambit with Gohan was just a last ditch effort to win.
But it was still reckless. How did he think Gohan could defeat Cell?
Goku was expecting Gohan to go berserk like he always did when he got angry in the past and attack until Cell stopped moving. Goku implied going into the Room of Spirit and Time a second time wouldn't have given them the same results as their first trip, which explains why Vegeta and Trunks were still weaker than Goku and Gohan after their second trip into the room. Goku's plan is still reckless, but there was some logic to his reasoning.
Goku knew that Gohan was powerful enough to beat Cell (see when Gohan snaps when Raditz attacks and his power level exceeds Raditz's own), it was just a matter of getting him to draw it out, which Gohan very nearly failed to do, and he nearly payed for it with his life. When Piccolo points out that Gohan is NOT the Blood Knight that the full-blooded Saiyans are, Goku suitably has a My God, What Have I Done? moment as he's watching Cell beat Gohan to death.
Goku begged Krillin to let Vegeta escape the earth. Depending on which version you're watching, he did this either (1) because he is good-hearted and wasn't willing to let Krillin kill a helpless, defeated opponent; or (2) because he is so psychopathically self-absorbed that he was willing to jeopardize the lives of billions of people just so he could have the excitement of a rematch. Either way, he is essentially an accessory to genocide, given what Vegeta does on the planet Namek.
Well, in his defense, he didn't know about Namek then, but you're right. Him letting Vegeta go effectively signed the potential death certificate of countless billions. Good thing Vegeta had a change of heart near the end of the Namek saga (well, after he had helped to commit genocide, that is)
When you really think about it, Goku (by Saiyan standards) is retarded.
Well, hitting your soft, squishy baby head on something hard tends to have long-term effects well into adulthood.
Consider how Goku is a tactical genius, despite being retarded and/or brain-damaged by Saiyan standards. Imagine what he'd be like if he wasn't. (Yes, I know that it's entirely because he hit his head that he became kind-hearted enough to be pure good and unlock the power of the Super Saiyan. Just hypothesize about what he'd be like if he hadn't hit his head, but unlocked all the forms he gets in the series anyways. He'd pretty much be unstoppable.)
In the Buu arc the Supreme Kai casually explains that all the Supreme Kais could easily kill Frieza. This means that he not only knew who Frieza was, but how powerful he was. Basically, he allowed Frieza to destroy and enslave planets and races, fully aware that he could have stopped all of this, but decided not to do anything. The Supreme Kais did actually try to stop Buu, who was destroying the universe. Buu traveled to Other World in the anime and fought and killed the Kais. This means that the noble Kais only actually fought Buu to save their own skin and that they don't care about the mortal world at all. It would explain why the last Supreme Kai left Frieza do 'whatever he liked.'
Almost makes you want to root for Buu, if he hadn't gone and destroyed the Earth first.
I always assumed the Kais operated under a policy of non-interference unless the fate of reality itself/the whole universe was at stake. With power like theirs, which is equally on the same level as Cell saga Gohan, they could quite accidentally cause more damage they they could prevent by descending from Otherworld to fight Freiza.
Spopovich beating Videl to a pulp is bad enough on its own, but then you remember Gohan's traumatic childhood. He was probably having flashbacks to Nappa killing his friends. In light of that, it's a wonder he was able to contain his anger long enough to stop the match, rather than just going Super Saiyan 2 and killing Spopovich on the spot.
Gohan. No, seriously, Gohan is fridge horror embodied. It had been made extremely clear from the get go that he had this deep, untapped power hidden within him that is unleashed when he's in a fit of pure, unadulterated rage. When he finally became a SS 2, he becomes cold and borderline psychotic, wanting to torture Cell for The Evulz instead of just finishing him off. Ask yourself this, what would happen had Babadi found this in Gohan and decided to extract that out along with a power-up? An evil Majin Gohan with all his untapped rage hidden with him would have been absolutely terrifying. We're lucky it was Vegeta that became Majin...
Except that Gohan still didn't have any evil in his heart. Sure, Gohan was psychotic at the time; but a mental imbalance does not prove one is evil. Vegeta had evil in his heart because all of the cruel acts he did for sport and the thrill of the hunt as he called it, and he did it for pleasure. Gohan, on the other hand, was blinded by rage towards Cell- since his super saiyan 2 form was triggered by his sheer emotional distress, and in the heat of his emotions, he fought Cell in what he felt was the most cathartic way; by making him suffer. This was much like how Goku wanted to slaughter Freiza when he first became a Super Saiyan.
Dogs don't have a very lifespan, so what will Good Buu do when Bee dies? How will he react?
When Vegeta says he's "known stronger houseplants" than Hercule Satan at first it sounds like typical Vegeta talk, but remember Vegeta was held in bondage by Frieza nearly his whole life. During that time he conquered thousands of planets and killed entire civilizations so maybe there was a planet whose populace had some form of plantlife to safeguard their homes.
Or maybe he actually fought Plant People who managed to put up a decent fight.
This is from the Bardock special so it's place in cannon is dubious, but wasn't Vegeta (the planet) known as Plant before the Saiyans came?
One word. Saibamen.
This troper hasn't seen DBZ in a while so please forgive any mistakes. If this troper recalls, 16 wasn't able to be wished back for whatever reason, perhaps because he was pure machine. Does this imply that he's soulless? Because if he could think, and feel, what makes his physiology any different from any of the aliens we saw in Other World? Does this mean 16 was only simulating the emotions according to glitchy programming, rather than experiencing them on the same spectrum as a human? Really makes this more Fridge Depression rather than Fridge Horror.
When Vegeta says that he succeeded in having becoming a Super Saiyan because his heart is pure evil, he may have just been exaggerating for intimidation purposes— and instead, what was pure was his determination to win. Which makes more sense for his character anyway, since his determination at the end of Z is so great that it manages to scare Majin Buu because he refuses to give up or stay down, to a level that exceeds even Goku's own determinator status.
While Supreme Kai's assertion that any of them could've killed Freezer makes them come off as dicks, consider how little it would actually solve; Freezer's the most active leader of the Planet Trade Organization, true, but he's not the only one, and as we see later, even killing the colds (King Cold, Freezer, Cooler) would only result in throwing the organization into disarray; countless people fighting for dominance over the most powerful group in the known universe. Whether an acceptable state of affairs or not, leaving an interstellar organizationthat are the closest to universal lawmakers, and peacekeepers in place is better than fighting it violently, and the Supreme Kai realized this.
Trunks remarks that none of the stuff he predicted (apart from where Goku would land) was true; even the pair of androids who arrived at where he predicted was just a coincidence (they weren't the same androids he expected). He theorizes that it's due to time travel inherently messing with the timeline, however there are subtle hints he himself was responsible:
Goku's disease manifesting itself much later could be because he physically trained himself in preparation for the androids; physical exercise improves your immune system. It was also Trunks who took care of King Cold and Frieza; Goku stated that he already had sensed the two and were prepared to teleport to the battle ahead of time. It's likely the exertion of going Super Saiyan again and fighting off both King Cold and Frieza that accelerated his condition, causing the heart disease to manifest earlier.
And this is possibly where Gero changed the power levels of the Androids; In Trunk's Timeline Goku would have arrived on earth and would have fought a bloody battle with Frieza. As Cell has Frieza's cells, this means that Gero was, on some level, aware of the battle. He then must have known that the Mechanical Bodies he built for himself and 19 would be pointless, as Goku was clearly above their power level even before training and instead went to tweak on 17 and 18 more. In the main timeline, Goku never fought in it and the battle itself lasted too short for Gero to collect any meaningful data (Frieza and King Cold both got obliterated to ash, as oppose to possibly leaving behind corpses for Gero to collect and study). And the reason why 17 and 18 are weaker in Trunk's timeline? Gero always makes his androids powerful (as evident with 16 being the most powerful despite being the earliest one) and tone down from there. Gero, knowing his own #20 Mechanical body would not suffice, instead opted to tone down 17 and 18's power to manageable levels (which still predictably failed).
Finally, as to why the Androids are different; all of them have the objective of killing Goku, but as Goku is already dead by their activation, they really had no other goals; 16 (if he was activated) would have probably wandered into the woods to live a peaceful life with the animals. 16 also acted as a sort of morality chain for the two, usually advising against really heinous behavior of the two. Without him, the two went off the hook (especially 17, who even in the main timeline seemed to like carnage).
Vegeta never really gets revenge for everything Frieza ever did to him but Frieza and his father were ultimately killed by Vegeta's son.
At first, it seems rather odd that Majin Buu's original, primal form is so... small compared to the rest. But then you remember: Buu was created by Bibidi. And Bibidi's species are puny little shrimps compared to humans, Saiyans, and the like, with the adult Babidi being the same size - or smaller - as a 7-year-old human child. To shrimpy little Bibidi, the ~5-foot Kid Buu would be tall and imposing!
Why is Goku such a neglectful parent? It's literally In the Blood: Saiyans (or at least low-ranking ones), from what we're shown, are basically sent off to other planets as infants, with no time to spend with their parents. It's questionable whether pure-blooded Saiyans even have a childhood phase, seeing how they're expected to start conquering the planet shortly after landing. While Prince Vegeta suggests this isn't always the case, it's possible that he got special treatment for being a prince (or at the very least, for being high-ranked). Tarble being banished for being too kind-hearted supports this. Add in the fact that Goku was Raised by Wolves, and he quite literally does not know how to be a parent.
It used to bother me that in in the Buu saga the people competing in the martial arts tournaments are all such weaklings and people in general are so disbelieving in abilities like ki and energy attacks and easily accept Mr Satans claims that its all a trick when in Dragonball those same abilities seemed much more widespread and known about. But then I realised that by the end of Dragonball its pretty much just Goku and the other Z fighters who use those abilities and they basically disappear from the tournament scene until the Buu saga. All their adventures and battles take place in out of the way places or other planets and largely remain under the radar of the general public up til the cell saga. Also over the course of Dragonball Z nobody has sought out any of the Z fighters to train under them the way that Goku and Krillin sought out master Roshi. So its not surprising that by the time of the Buu knowledge about abilities like energy attacks and use of ki would have faded out of public consciousness and the techniques themselves fallen out of practice.