While he's not exactly the brightest crayon in the cookie jar, Season 1 Goku seems FAR less stupid and childish than Season 2 and 3 Goku. Of course, this is explained in Episode 11: After the fight with Vegeta, not only did he suffer brain damage, he was smothered with what we can only assume is Clorox, which probably dropped his IQ just a bit.
When Zarbon's about to transform, he makes a point of saying that his transformed self is completely different in every way from his normal self. The second he transforms, he says, "IMMA RAPE YA, BITCH!" Vegeta, thinking Zarbon is gay at this point, says he's exactly the same just less subtle. Except he's not gay, as we find out later on. Ergo, his transformed self, in being "completely different," is.
In Christmas Tree of Might, Krillin did get another Christmas present: Not being the Butt Monkey (for once). Unfortunately, it was during a non-canon special, so he didn't get to keep it.
In the Bardock special, Nappa distracts young Vegeta from the news that his planet and people have been wiped out by taking him to Dairy Queen. At first, this seems to be typical Nappa idiocy and Vegeta just going along with it to shut him up. But, Nappa has a degree in Child Psychology (with a Minor in Pain)- he knew exactly what he was doing to distract Vegeta, and it worked.
The joke goes further when you consider that the Minor in Pain not only references his ability to cause suffering, but that he understands it. If understanding is the first step towards treatment, then of course it'd be a great Major/Minor combo.
The "Minor in Pain" line was likely a joke and not meant to be serious, but given how bloodthirsty the Saiyans are, the idea of them having entire college courses dedicated to the study and inflicting of pain isn't out of the realm of possibility.
Guru's "Kill it like the rest" comment. Makes one wonder if the Albino (White) Namekians are similar to a certain Martian race.
Or actual Dragonball villains like Pilaf and Garlic Jr. who resemble pale Namekians.
Episode 17 was the start of characters announcing the disclaimers at the beginning. Even though it's common that the character reading the announcement will be most likely to die or get beaten, Episode 18 had Vegeta as the announcer. Even though Vegeta didn't die in that episode, Vegeta's sanity did ... temporarily.
In episode 18, a babbling Vegeta annoys Guru who then tells Nail to slap him; Nail slaps Krillin instead of Vegeta. While this may be just one of the many showings of Krillin's butt monkey status, it can also be noted that Vegeta and Krillin are voiced by the same person and thus, technically, he really did slap Vegeta.
Also, Cooler 2 shows us that Vegeta after being kicked in the balls a thousand times sounds like Krillin. Perhaps Nail's slap really hurt Vegeta to that point.
Vegeta's insult to Bulma in Episode 19 about her hair looking stupid is a probably a joke regarding Bulma's hairstyles changing on a regular basis in a show where nearly everyone's look stays exactly the same.
And he has sex with her when she gets a perm, so maybe he has a type.
Albeit, that's not entirely true. Most of the characters' hairstyles change somewhat from one story arc to another. Bulma's just the most noticeable because her character design will frequently shift within the arc. Excluding the bald/hairless characters, Goku and Vegeta are the only two whose hair doesn't change at all over the course of the series, and there's a biological reason for that. (And if you count GT, then it's just Goku.)
In the Christmas Tree of Might special, while Chi-Chi's stern insistence on what Gohan likes when it comes to Christmas presents might seem overly strict, it makes sense when you consider who Gohan's father is! She simply wants the best for her son, and wants to make sure he doesn't grow up to be a complete moron like his dad, and this could even be Heartwarming in retrospect.
Especially when you consider that Gohan seems practically offended when Trunks tells him he turns out like his father, until he clarifies he means brave and strong.
At the end of episode 7, Nappa names one of the saibamen "Vegeta Jr.", and Vegeta quickly disposes of it. Remember what started playing as his theme music in episode 20?
In episode 23, Vegeta's line, "I don't know what this Yamcha is, but it sounds just like Raditz" is a double joke, the first is obvious, the second being that Yamcha and Raditz after the recasting is voiced by the same person.
It's actually a triple joke, in addition to that, it's also a callback to Guru's line: "I do not know what this, "Yamcha" is, but it sounds disappointing."
No wait, quadruple joke. Yamcha was killed by a Saibaman, which had a power equal to Raditz.
And possibly yet another layer: Vegeta did meet Yamcha on Earth. And Yamcha was so pathetic that Vegeta didn't even bother remembering him.
And to top it all off, both Yamcha and Raditz once had the same voice actor (Vegeta 3986), but BOTH were changed (Raditz to Lanipator (after 3986 left) and Yamcha to Faulerro)
And then in Episode 32, it takes Vegeta a while but then he actually does remember "that one scrub who got killed by a Saibaman", who was Yamcha of course. Then Vegeta realises that same person is right in front of him. He bursts out laughing.
In episode 24, when Vegeta's shout from Freeza's ship and Piccolo responds from somewhere else on the planet entirely with "Ow, my ears!", it isn't just pointing out that Vegeta is RIDICULOUSLY LOUD, but it semi-makes sense in-universe because, as the Lord Slug movie demonstrated, Namekians have hypersensitive hearing!
Not just Lord Slug, but the main series canon too; when Trunks first comes back in time, Piccolo overhears the conversation he has with Goku despite being across a huge distance from them.
Yeah... it's obvious that Team Four Star has been writing in Piccolo's ability to hear long distances, hence why he has to yell to be heard, while everyone is talking at room level and he hears them just fine. Started all the way back with "CLIMB DOWN!"
Another one in episode 24 is also a Call Forward- King Kai is so sick of Piccolo & Co. that he demands they be wished back before he kills himself. When Krillin asks if gods can do that, King Kai says he's about to try. Remember what happens in the Cell Saga? Goku teleports Cell, who self-destructs and kills everyone on King Kai's planet. Or a very subtle nod/foreshadowing towards Old Kai doing so for Goku in the Buu Saga!
The abridged parody of their first season of abridging had a nice looking short sequence at the end, in the same style as the Inception title sequence. It wasn't just for show, this is an abridged version of an abridged series. WE HAVE TO GO DEEPER.
To add onto the fun, Dragon Ball Z Kai is essentially DBZ without the filler episodes. AKA: It was abridged.
Goku's explanation of the muffin button for how he got mind-reading powers is a better explanation than the anime, where he just says it must come from training at 100x normal gravity.
He's already shown to have communicated telepathically with Gohan while fighting Vegeta back on Earth, which is before his trip to Namek. So maybe muffins in general grant you telepathic powers.
In canon, Roshi, Karin, Kami-sama and Kaiou-sama all have telepathy, Kuririn and Gohan both displayed telepathy on the trip to Namek, and Goku's ultimate move involves telepathically asking the entire planet/solar system for their ki. This was probably the first time he tried to use it for something other than basic communication, but it was still a tactile version of something that Roshi did from a distance about a decade earlier so its not really unusual that he can do it as well.
Piccolo mentions to Nail in episode 25 that he switched to Spacebook. What was he using before? mySPACE!
It's unknown if TFS will use this in future episodes, but when Freeza impaled Krillin, he kept jabbing him with his horn, to the point where he got two 1Ups. A funny joke until you realize that after this part of the original series, Freeza is thought to have died twice. The first time when Goku's Spirit Bomb hit him and the second after Namek blew up.
Cell survives self-destruction, so maybe he'll unlock the bonus life feature at some point?
To answer Vegeta's unanswered question about Freeza's flashback in Episode 25: The same way Freeza knew about the Namekian Dragonballs. If Nappa was talking with his transmitter on for a whole year, it's reasonable to think he might have blabbed about that at some point.
Guldo's Word of Gay on Burter. What did he say in episode 21?
Burter: Well, you've got very nice hair, you're a beautiful shade of red and honestly, you're the only one on this team I can rely on.
It also doubles as an Actor Allusion, as Burter's voice actor KaiserNeko is gay.
Also important to note that KaiserNeko voices Yajirobe and Korin, the two openly gay characters who are in a long-term relationship with each other, and get married. Kaiser is himself married.
Adding to that, Kaiser also voices Trunks, who's main timeline version has enough Ho Yay with Goten to power a spirit bomb.
His early ditzy-but-dickish personality makes sense too. Saiyans are jerks, but he already had minor brain damage. He was dropped on his head as a kid! As for being less of a jerk after dying, it seems like each time a Saiyan dies, they become less of a jerk. Although Nappa became a Manipulative Bastard after being revived as a film producer.
Right before Kami's death, he told Mr. Popo to get the Dragon Balls from planet Namek. Popo responded with "Bitch, I ain't going nowhere" making him seem like a monster. What does he do in episode 11? He tells Goku & friends about the Dragon Balls on Namek. Looks like he really does enjoy his company.
Plus when he returned, Kami and Popo bond over the pot Popo grows.
That's probably the only reason why he doesn't leave. He's far too busy getting high.
And pot takes a lot of care to grow. Not that I'd know. So running off to Namek isn't an option when there is pot to be grown or toast to be made. As for the Vitriolic Best Buds, when King Kai calls him directly, Popo blows up his antennae remotely. He never does this to Kami. And now, imagine what would have happened had Popo just gone to Namek himself.
When Vegeta said that his scouter was upside down it was still on his left eye, something that would be impossible if it was still attached to his ear when he said that Goku's power level was 1006. This means that there's probably a righty-flip option so that people who wear scouters on their right ear can still see everything normally. This leads me to believe that he accidentally activated said righty-flip.
Does this mean Vegeta is left-handed?
He is indeed, Look at how he crushes the scouter which acts as sort of double fridge brilliance.
Piccolo's CMOA in Episode 25 was also a moment of Fridge Brilliance. Freeza tells Piccolo to stop him if he's heard the joke before. He stops him because he has, as Nail is in his body.
In Episode 7, Krillin/Kuririn takes offense at being called a Namekian. Later on, Guru reveals that Krillin/Kuririn looks just like an albino Namekian.
Again, in Episode 7, Nappa blows up a cargo robot and the cargo was people! in order to protect his image. Why? Well, as it turns out, he has a modeling career!
In DBZ Kai Abridged, Lanipator plays the role of Raditz from first appearance until Raditz’s death; rather than until Vegeta 3986 takes the microphone to correct an attack name. But this makes perfect sense considering they skip over the part Vegeta 3986 would have interjected at.
In Episode 27, Freeza states he'll make an asshole disappear. He kills Vegeta, but never destroys the body. He does however eat the space crab, Orpheus, that would've revealed how to beat him. Given the number of heroic speeches he's heard, he's likely come across people like Orpheus several times prior and saw it coming.
Episode 28 shows that Goku entrusts Piccolo with talking to Gohan about what he's been through since he arrived on Namek. It's not that he's lost interest in Gohan, he's just handed the parenting responsibilities over to Piccolo.
Either that or he completely forgot that Gohan was his son and assumed that Piccolo was Gohan's father. This is Goku we're talking about.
Also in episode 28, a bit of Fridge Brilliance occurs with regard to Freeza's chastising God if you think about the fact that God was giving it his A-game the whole time - in the form of Goku.
Alternately, the lightning didn't work because he didn't invoke space God. If there's a space hell and a space Christ, why not a space God?
That's a good point. If it really was Earth God, i.e. Kami, then it really is impressive he could hit him at all from so far away.
How did Goku know what song Piccolo was singing in his head in Episode 2 in Episode 29? Muffin Button.
Almost everyone who first hears about the dragon balls says "a dragon's what?" Preluded in the first issue of Dragonball, where Bulma introduces them to Goku and he says "Y'mean… some poor dragon…?"
May be Hilarious in Hindsight or plain old Foreshadowing, but Chiaotzu is compared to a Pokemon by Nappa, and his Heroic Sacrifice is equated to using Selfdestruct. It does nothing but a scratch. Keep in mind, Selfdestruct is a Normal type move. One way this be interpreted as either Nappa is super resistant to said move, which would logically make him a Rock/Steel type-explaining his utter pwnage at the hands of Goku. Or, more obviously, it's a hint to what Nappa is going to become. After all, the one type that's immune to a Normal-type move? Ghost type Pokemon.
Chiaotzu's psychic abilities should have worked on Nappa, since Psychic trumps Fighting, but of course, Nappa isn't just a fighting-type, he's also a ghost type.
This is, of course, assuming unions would even exist in a race that would not require romance as a pretense for sex, as Namekians reproduce asexually.
Additionally, Dende being in love with Gohan gives TFS a reason for him to return to be Earth's guardian during the Cell Saga, despite him hating the earthlings he's met.
And also, Gohan was literally the only other person in Dende's age group left on Namek at the time. It only makes sense that he would feel a deeper connection with him, especially considering how much mortal peril they endured together.
As stated in episode 2 of the TFS podcast, fans have come up with a theory that not only explains why Freeza had a muffin button on his ship, but also how Goku got that muffin.
Essentially, the ship Goku takes to Namek is based on the ship he arrived at Earth in as a child, only built back from the ground up by Dr. Briefs. All of Freeza's ships have muffin buttons (for food for long travel), and so Dr. Briefs unwittingly did install a muffin button on Goku's ship, as he was simply reverse-engineering Goku's old ship, which was Freeza technology.
There's a problem with that theory, though. Dr. Briefs reverse engineered Kami's space ship, which was Namekian, not a Planet Trade space ship.
Actually, all he did was fix it up so that Bulma, Krillin, and Gohan could go to Namek, since it was sufficiently spaceworthy enough to go to Jupiter and back without repairs. In the original anime/manga at least, he does indeed rebuild Goku's spaceship for his trip to Namek.
In episode two, Goku tells Gohan to use headbutt on Raditz. It says that it's super effective, which proves how weak Raditz really is, as normal moves aren't super effective against anything.
Alternatively, Raditz is a Space-type exclusive to the DBZA universe and Normal is super effective against that.
As nice as it sounds, this theory would fail when put next to the "Chiaotzu being a Pokemon" one - because then Nappa, being same race as Raditz, should have received "It's super effective!" panel also, when being exposed to Selfdestruct. We know this didn't happen. Nappa shrugging the attack off would rather get "But it failed!" panel instead.
Maybe it was an Inverse Battle, based on how Goku and Piccolo were both being trounced despite their power? If Raditz were a Ghost-Type like Nappa, then in an Inverse Battle he would be weak to Headbutt. Either that, or, he's a Raditz-Type, super weak against all other types.
Goku telling the story of Bardock becoming a Super Saiyan and saving the primitive Saiyan race makes sense. Ashamed is probably too strong a word, especially considering he has no problem exploiting the obscene power levels he gets from it, but Goku has no reason to be proud of his Saiyan heritage, given its hat is aggressive warfare and destruction, while Goku fights for the sake of protecting his family/friends/planet. Turning Bardock into a savior (albeit a 'violent savior') is basically him trying to retcon his own heritage so his father isn't so evil.
And once you take in that the whole thing was a dream of Gohan's, it makes more sense. Gohan has even less reason to be proud of his Saiyan heritage, seeing as how he's more pacifistic than his father, and the day he found out about his heritage, he was forced into the life of a warrior, a complete 180 from the life he led-and if GT is any indication, the life he wants to lead. Plus, it'd be hard to reconcile himself that his grandfather was such an evil man, so his subconscious turned Bardock into a Noble Demon.
And for extra Heartwarming in Hindsight, a lot of Bardock's mannerisms seem based off of Piccolo. Consider these two dialogues:
Mook: Please don't break my arm!
Lord Chilled: Please don't break my butt.
Lord Chilled: Truly?
On the other hand, people who reproduce by kicking each other sound like exactly like the sort of beings who would evolve into the Saiyans.
King Kai's little chuckle when Yamcha asks to speak to Bulma makes sense. He's technically an omniscient god, so he probably already knew that Bulma had long since gotten over Yamcha. Which then makes his decision to let Yamcha get bitched at and dumped by Bulma a real Kick the Dog moment!
Why did Bulma act much bitchier in Season 2, especially to Yamcha? Popo took her on his magic carpet which got about 10,000 miles to the soul… er, gallon. Having part of her soul consumed left her a much nastier and more selfish person!
The Kanassans repopulating makes perfect sense. If their entire race is psychic then they knew to hide out from the invading Saiyans and just wait for the invading force to leave.
At the very least, they'd pull an Island of Selini gambit, and leave enough of the population to be slaughtered to leave the belief they had been wiped out.
Alternatively, it was just the stupid ones who didn't think to hide.
Freeza: "How many arms do you think we’re up to? I think we’re up to twenty-four." When did Freeza say this? Episode 24!
Freeza's talk about giving Goku pizzas for letting him power up becomes, and Goku's "eat it in reverse" line are foreshadowing Freeza's energy disks. Freeza "eats it in reverse" since he was hit in the back by one.
Prior to this, Goku threatens to break Freeza like a Kit Kat Bar. As goofy as it sounds, it's a bit of Fridge Horror; Goku threatened to break him into multiple pieces. But like the "pizza" talk, it's foreshadowing Freeza's defeat. Though it does beg the question if Goku cuts his Kit Kat Bars when he eats them.
You break a Kit Kat in half when you eat it. Freeza also gets cut in half.
Actually, a Kit Kat breaks into four pieces. Guess how many pieces Freeza gets sliced into? That's right, four◊.
It's Goku we're talking about, he's probably never used a knife in his life.
Goku staying on Namek and hitting Freeza's muffin-button over and over may seem like the dumbest thing he's ever done, but remember what Tenshinhan said about how Death Is Cheap since they now have 2 sets of dragonballs. Goku may have realised that he could always come back to life and decided to make the most out of his predicament.
In episode 31, Maron tells Yamcha that she takes payments "in the backroom, but those are always under the table, so I don't think they count" when he says that he and the others thought she was a hooker, on first viewing, this just looks like she's being a ditz as usual, but when she's revealed to be a Dirty Cop investigating Krillin for insurance fraud, rewatching the episode means this line can be taken to refer to any other bribes she had taken in her previous assignments
Alternatively it's revealed at the end that she was tricking Krillin into spending money on her so she could gather evidence of his spending money earned from fraud. Marin may have been pulling the same trick on Yamcha to get him arrested for solicitation.
There was actually a hint early on in episode 31 for viewers to know that Marin knew that 'Juan Sanchez' was actually Krillin. Among her many nicknames for 'Juan', one of which is 'Juan-ton', she calls him her 'sweetie little chestnut'. This may not initially make sense to a lot of people, given her other nicknames for him. And he doesn't look much like a chestnut aside from being bald. But for those unaware, Krillin's name is based off the Japanese word for 'chestnut'. Indicating that she was aware of Krillin's true identity the entire time.
Similarly, Guru coming back seems odd since his death was not due to grief of losing his people (thus, Freeza's fault) but him stopping his heart to be a dick. But his exact words were, "Oh, right, I stopped my heart for a couple minutes there." A couple minutes. It sounded like he fully intended his death to be temporary.
In episode 33, Trunks makes some lame puns while fighting Freeza. Remember, he was trained by Gohan in his timeline, and Gohan probably picked it up from Goku and Krillin.
This also explains why he uses the same character's trademark curse. "Oh, crapbaskets!"
When Trunks is flying toward where Goku is going to land, his GPS says he's going to land at "Idiot Rock" and Trunks then says it is called "Idiot Crater" in his time. Fitting, considering Goku lands there and makes that crater.
Lampshaded, actually. When Goku lands, he quips. "So THAT is why it's called Idiot Crater..."
Krillin is told that the only reason he isn't being sent to jail is because he'd be eaten alive in there. Fridge Logic kicks in, when you stop and realize that Krillin is the strongest human fighter in the world. However, it becomes Fridge Brilliance when you consider that this isn't common knowledge, and Krillin is smart enough to keep his mouth shut and avoid jail time. Then Fridge Logic kicks in again as you wonder why he would be bothered by jail time at all, since there's no jail on Earth that could hold him.
Being a super powered fugitive probably wouldn't help his chances with the ladies.
What's really weird is that he could easily back up his story, and there is NO WAY there's a resurrection clause. Plus, how exactly are they going to take the money from him? He is faster than a speeding bullet. He's more powerful than a locomotive. He can leap tall buildings in a single bound. He could cut Superman in half. He's one of the weakest of the Z Fighters, but if he wanted to (and if the other Z Fighters wouldn't get in his way)), he could make Earth worship him (or rather, fear him) as a god.
There might not be a resurrection clause, but that's not where the fraud claim against Krillin comes into play. Had he come back in as himself and demanded the life insurance money (and proven that he'd actually died and was brought back), he might've been able to collect the money legitimately. Instead, he came in claiming to be his twin brother to collect the life insurance money, pretending to be someone he's not. Whether he actually got killed or not is irrelevant, and it turns this whole thing into a What an Idiot sort of moment.
Trunks hearing his father's scream in episode 18 makes perfect sense. In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Space Is Noisy, as evidenced by Goku hearing Vegeta from space. It just took 20 years for the sound waves to reach Earth.
It also makes sense for Vegeta to be heard by King Yemma in the afterlife. In the original series, Super!Buu and later Gotenks can rip holes through entire dimensions by yelling.
Speaking of which, it's mentioned above that a species that reproduces by kicking one another sounds exactly like something that would evolve into the Saiyans. Proud warrior race culture, more prone to aggression than compassion...and then you realize that from day one, Vegeta has been particularly rude to Bulma, but never threatened her with death like he did the others. He wasn't just being an ass, he was flirting.
Pretty much confirmed in episode 35, judging by this line:
Vegeta: You're being bitchier than usual, and not in a hot way!
Also, Vegeta has no idea what a condom is (or the idea of one). This makes sense in that Vegeta was a kid when Freeza destroyed his home world and his only parental figure was Nappa. So if Saiyans even had such a thing, Vegeta probably would have never learned what one is at all. It's also possible Saiyans simply never had them period.
Likely the last part: remember how Freeza always called the Saiyans "filthy monkeys." Like monkeys they have mating rituals and combat so that the strongest male (or female perhaps) would be the ones to reproduce. In other words, they don't mate for pleasure or romance like humans, so condoms are not an issue. This could also be part of why Freeza eradicated them: they breed so rapidly, just like monkeys.
It actually makes perfect sense that Goku would have no idea (besides not being very bright) that his hair turns yellow when transformed. The times he would have been transformed, he wouldn't have had any opportunity to actually notice any superficial changes, what with the lack of mirrors and being distracted by people trying to kill him.
In the Bardock Father of Goku special, Freeza mentally bemoans the fact that he's always hearing heroic speeches. The next time we see the tyrant (25 years later) he's started keeping track of how many times he's heard certain Stock Phrases. It's very possible that Bardock's speech inspired Freeza to start his mental list.
'Super Android 13: Abridged', near the beginning, while the group are chatting about their mall shopping escapades, Krillin points out that Roshi is banned from over 500 Victoria's Secrets and asks him how he isn't on some sort of list. Roshi simply asks, "You think Master Roshi is my real name?" "Master Roshi" is a title and not an actual name.
Makes sense for Cooler to be a Voice Actor Impersonator to Bane. His final form has a mask, and they both are more dangerous than their predecessors, respectively Freeza and Ra's al Ghul.
This may be a bit of a stretch, but it's a funny coincidence. Bulma and Vegeta are voiced by Megami 33 and Lanipator. They also have their own abridged series, Sailor Moon and Yu Yu Hakusho respectively. The original creators of those shows are married to each other. (like I said, it's a real stretch for Fridge Brilliance, and I doubt this was intentional, but I thought it was a neat coincidence)
In the Bardock: The father of Goku special, before the Retcon, Cooler says the reason he's letting Goku live is "Because I'm a prick." At first it just seems like he said the line at random, after all how could he know Freeza called him a prick in his thoughts? Cue episode 16, where we see a flashback of Freeza's Space Twitter posts: "@ Cooler, you're a prick." Cooler let Goku live because he was pissed at the twitter post.
Dodoria being a woman might be a joke based on his and Zarbon's character designs. Zarbon could easily have been dubbed as a woman a la various Sailor Moon characters, but instead, they turn the very unfeminine Dodoria into a woman.
This might also be a reference to the Hungarian dub of Dragon Ball Z, where Dodoria is indeed depicted as female.
In Episode 34, Bulma tells Vegeta that if he tries anything, she has Goku on speed-dial. Vegeta retorts that Goku can't work a phone. But in Episode 17, Goku imitated a phone hanging up to get out of promising not to fight Freeza. Goku can work a phone, and Bulma knows it.
Gohan seems to have inherited his father's Wrong Genre Savviness. In Episode 10, Goku assumes that Vegeta's Great Ape transformation will make him slower, only to be shocked when he realizes that he's just as fast. In Episode 15, Gohan makes the exact same mistake when he and Krillin are fleeing from Dodoria.
Gohan: Oh, come on, Krillin, we have a two mile lead on him! Factoring in our speed and velocity and his mass, there's no way he should be able to catch u-
*Dodoria starts gaining on them*
Krillin: Well, look who's wrong!
In episode 30, Dende wishes everyone off Namek to Earth to screw with Freeza. Everyone except Goku. In the original, Goku specifically asked to be excluded, but he did not do that here. There's no reason Goku should have been excluded from the wish, other than perhaps the fact that Dende never knew Goku was there to wish back. He never met Goku since he arrived at the fight with Freeza while Goku was still recovering and died before Goku came into the fight.
The dragon cannot force Goku to return to Earth when he's in space, so it's likely that the dragon did not bother trying here.
Piccolo's obsession with dodging makes a lot more sense when you realize the original King Piccolo died specifically because he chose to take Goku's last attack head-on instead of dodging it.
There's also the fact that in the original Dragon Ball, when Piccolo himself fought Goku, he did not dodge most of Goku's obvious attacks, including a Kamehameha, instead screaming his head off when the blast itself took 5 seconds to reach him.
It could also have began as a reference to a moment in Neighborhood Cluck Production's version of Dead Zone Abridged that was made prior the official formation of Team Four Star. In that movie, after Garlic Jr. completes his transformation and powers up, Gokū's strategy that he proposes to Piccolo is to not dodge, as that would somehow demoralize him (probably assuming that they could tank it). It didn't work, and Piccolo chewed out Gokū for it.
In Episode 38, When Piccolo sees how Vegeta treats Trunks, he tells Gohan that he's a good kid. That seems like just another Crowning Moment of Heartwarming, but remember what Piccolo does next in the episode and in canon? He sends Gohan, Bulma, and Baby!Trunks away so that if something happens, they can get another shot at the androids. He told Gohan he was a good kid because he knew there was a good chance Gohan would never see him again. (It's a CMOH because he was seeing how Future Trunks had turned out with an absent father and how he and his now-present father were getting along, and he figured he'd nip it in the bud with Gohan.
Becomes sad when you remember that Vegeta did the same thing with Goten and Trunks before fighting Buu, but there, he told Trunks he was very proud of him and that he loved him. Piccolo's so socially stunted that "you're a good kid" was the closest thing he could get to "I love you."
Bulma's treatment of baby!Trunks may seem careless, if not outright dangerous, but she knows more than anyone else how durable Saiyan children are. Goku shrugged off getting shot when she first met him and Gohan has able to survive intense battles since the tender age of five. She knows baby!Trunks can physically handle anything thrown his way!
This turns into Fridge Horror once you remember another Saiyan baby before him: Goku. His brain trauma was caused by hitting his head on a rock falling from up high. Minor as it was, he was a full-blooded Saiyan infant when it happened. Now imagine what a outright big fucking explosion caused by an utter sociopath who wants to spite all forms of life would have done to a Saiyan-Human hybrid? While Half Saiyan-Human hybrids have the potential to become stronger than any full blooded Saiyan, they're still part human, and until that potential is reached their durability is not as strong, especially for untrained infants. Also, the above might not apply to Bulma because she said that baby Trunks "doesn't know what's going on", not "oh he's part Saiyan he'll be fine". That trip with Mr. Popo must've done a number on her…
It seems rather heartless for Chi-Chi to completely ignore Goku while he's slowly dying of heart failure, but remember that just a few hours ago, Chi-Chi found out that Goku had been lying to her for three years and had just taken their only son to fight extremely dangerous androids. So maybe her behavior isn't completely unjustified.
Plus, in canon, she saw Goku fight Piccolo at the World Martial Arts Tournament. That was the second worst beating Goku took in a fight, the worst was when he and Piccolo teamed up to fight Raditz, and Goku got a hole shot through his torso. She knows he's suffering, but she knows he's had worse.
Piccolo as of late has become more caring towards Gohan calling out for him after Dende healed him and even telling him he's a good kid, in contrast to the beginning of the series with his treatment of him. Then you remember his fusion with Nail and Nail despite being annoyed at having to serve Guru did care about his people and what Frieza was doing to them on Namek. In a way Nail has rubbed off of him and made him become a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
Guru disliking natural light may seem like a one-off joke, but it's actually foreshadowing! Remember what his good half, Lord Slug, did to the Earth? Blot out the sun.
Piccolo dissing Vegeta's attack name and the subsequent conversation with Nail is funny in the obvious way, but there's a second punchline when you remember how no one else can hear it.
Tien: Did you hear the name of his attack? Piccolo: I know, right? "Big Bang Attack?" …(Beat) Shit that's good…
He wonders why the hell dodging is a subroutine when it's not that complex. He is the one who built Android 19 in the first place. Either he was lost in the moment or he legitimately forgot about that detail. In the case of the latter, this proves that something weird is up with him.
When he asks the Z-Fighters what did he ever do to them, he doesn't remember getting on their bad side by impaling Yamcha or attacking a city. Piccolo tells him that he blew up half a city and Gero doesn't consider it recent despite Piccolo telling him otherwise. This could be justified in that Piccolo and Goku lied to him when they said he blew up the entire city. Therefore, blowing up half a city is not in his memory banks since he (thought that he) blew up an entire city.
He mentions that his brain case may be loose while escaping. What did Piccolo do to him earlier? Sucker punch his brain case while distracting him with a seemingly innocent question, likely loosening it. Him saying he thinks it's loose is a subtle indicator that he is slowly losing it.
Let's not forget that Goku punched him earlier. Since Gero's hat was knocked off both times got punched, it's possible that Goku did some damage and nobody noticed.
He literally can't believe that he fooled Krillin into buying him some time; that was smart on Gero's part, but he called Krillin "Tien" instead of "Krillin". While Krillin and Tien are both bald fighters, you'd have to be blind to not see the stark differences between them. His mind has to be seriously deteriorated by this point.
Almost done here. He doesn't even know how he converted himself into an android. The original series had it as him building a robot that transplanted his brain from his human body into the new android one, but no such mention was made here. Chances are that that's what happened, but if he can't even remember that then it's a red flag that he's lost it.
It's also possible that he did use a robot to do it, but the robot didn't do the procedure correctly. Remember, his robot drones would've identified Goku and Yamcha as separate people, yet Gero still got them confused before he took any hits.
Canonically, Android 19 was the robot that transplanted Gero's brain. Given how 19 turned out to be in the abridged series, Gero was possibly dumbstruck at how he managed to succeed such a vital task.
Lastly, the manner in which he tried to command Androids 17 and 18 was downright stupid. For someone who kidnapped two teenagers, roboticized them against their wills, shut them off after they attacked in retaliation, and attempted to shut them off again after they've killed the Z-Fighters, he of all people should know better than to act the way he did. It's as if logic is slowly seeping from his mind little by little. This is what gets him killed by 17, but that's not all. He asks if someone could pass him a Senzu Bean, knowing that they can heal, but remember how Goku earlier said it wouldn't work because of a hole in his esophagus. The bean wouldn't make it to his stomach, and that means no healing. At this point, Gero is just a head, so that's a no deal. And why the hell is he asking his enemies for one anyways? In short, Dr. Gero had gone through a long dumbass-inducing, sanity-rending trip to hell. All thanks to a loose brain case. If it already wasn't loose before that sucker punch.
It could be possible he was going senile before being turned into an android.
Android 16 has an extreme Machine Monotone, and a single-minded obsession with exterminating Goku. 17 and 18 express extreme annoyance over these tendencies. Well they wouldn't have had to put up with it if 18 hadn't broken 16's pod when it tried to update his software.
Minor one, but when Vegeta claims Trunks is a Super Human instead of a Super Saiyan like everyone else says. Technically, he's half-right.
When Mr. Popo starts repeating "All these squares make a circle", he's looking at the floor of the lookout - which has square tiles, but a round shape. So if he's viewing it from above, then yes, all the square tiles make one circle.◊
Now we know why Mr. Popo is such a Sadist Teacher, and the source of horror for the whole cast. If he downs AN EXACT GALLON of LSD and absolutely panics at everything, who knows what other insane amounts of drugs he's been abusing (including pot). Either he's always drugged up and the sadism is just the result of his drug-spree, or he is trying to cope with withdrawal and lashing out. Kinda feel sorry for the guy really.
Considering Mr Popo is far less violent whenever we see him high, it's probably the opposite-the drugs are what's keeping him pacified.
Of course, now that we know his Abridged Series backstory (He's Demon God Dumplin, from the XenoverseLet's Play), it makes sense he'd have a few screws loose.
An additional bit of information from his history makes him putting Goku through traumatic Training from Hell make a bit more sense. Dumplin always was frustrated at Goku's tendency to swoop in and "Secure the Kill"
Krillin's lack of use of the Destructo Disk/Kienzan gets more than one mention. However, maybe part of his hesitation to use it comes back to the first two times he did use it in the DBZA series: Against Nappa when the disk barely grazed against his face, and against Oozaru Vegeta who jumped it with ease. Thus, perhaps there's been a severe drop in confidence that the attack will actually do the job. (Cutting off Freeza's tail notwithstanding)
I figured the whole "Kami, tell me I can leave the lookout" bit was a basic joke until I realised why Mr Popo snapped. Growing up, when someone says "Can I do this?" they may get the response "I don't know, can you?" as a reminder the correct word grammatically is "may" when asking for permission and Kami does use the word may in his response. But Popo wasn't asking for permission from Kami, which was what Kami assumed, he wanted reassurance he could physically leave.
Actually, given Kami's rant in Episode 42, it seems that Popo was rubbing it in Kami's face that he could leave the look-out.
Remember when Freeza told the Namekians in the village where we first see him, "I don't get angry, I have people to do that for me"? Freeza's Villainous Breakdown came about because, after Dodoria's death, he no longer had anyone to get angry for him, so he had to do it himself. You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry indeed…
Android 17 jokes that his auditory heard whatever Dr. Gero said as "KILL ME KILL ME KILL ME". At the end of the episode, he kills Dr. Gero because he specifically ordered the androids to "do as I say", and since Gero was saying kill me in 17's mind, he was "following orders".
He also asks about the bad guys' gimmicks right after. Gimmicks are a central part of pro wrestling, especially in the Sports Entertainment style.
In episode 19, Guldo drops a steamroller on Krillin out of nowhere. Gohan figures Guldo has the power to stop time, while Krillin figures he has the power to summon steam rollers. Considering they're on Namek, which has no heavy construction machines, being able to summon steam rollers would be the likeliest explanation as to where he got one (besides Rule of Funny).
Wait… since Gohan picked up on the correct but less likely explanation, does that mean he's a Jojo fan?
In Kai Abridged 2, Nappa unsubscribes after watching the episode. Understandable when you consider they cut out Ghost Nappa.
The last episode of Season 2 also marks Nappa's last appearance in the series so far - He unsubscribed because he's no longer in it.
Freeza's "game" in the early parts of the Namek Saga, where he listens to his enemy's heroic speech and counts how many times he's heard certain lines. It cements his characterization in the Abridged Series as being basically a spoiled child… whose temper tantrums result in planets blowing up. Why is this so brilliant? It explains why he bothered to slowly work his way through his different forms in the final battle instead of just going to final form immediately. He's so unbelievably bored about always getting his way that even though he's pissed off beyond belief he's still willing to hold back in the hopes that he might get an interesting challenge out of his enemies.
Future Trunks' reaction to Krillin telling everyone that Android 18 kissed him. Everyone else Krillin tells responds with "I don't believe you" (except Piccolo who says he doesn't care, and Vegeta who says nothing), but when he tells Future Trunks he responds "I can't believe you." See, to everyone else Krillin's story was just "a pretty girl kissed me" but Future Trunks comes from a timeline where most of humanity was murdered by said pretty girl and her brother. Telling him about the kiss would be like telling a Holocaust survivor that you kissed Adolf Hitler. It's a minor line that is quickly passed over, but it's tremendously effective in establishing just how radically different Future Trunks' experiences and outlook on life are compared to the rest of the cast.
It could also simply reflect the fact the Android 18 Trunks knows would never do something like that, and he still has issues realizing that he's in a different timeline now so he finds it impossible to believe she would act that way.
Cell looks to be one of the funniest and biggest Ensemble Darkhorses in the series. Of course he'd be funny when he's made out of the cells of all the other popular characters. He doesn't just borrow their techniques, but also their humor.
Even more than that, there's a logical explanation to why Cell's sense of humor is so child-like and so not-fitting the situation he is in. He has Goku's DNA, after all…
The fact semi-perfect cell has goku and frieza's DNA explains his childlike temper tantrum about wanting to be perfect while fighting vegeta,he's childish like goku and spoiled like feiza.
Also, as someone wrote in his Character page, at this point he's the equivalent of a teenager.
Pretty much confirmed in episode 51, where Perfect Cell sounds like a classier version of Alucard.
At the end of the Christmas Tree of Might special, it's revealed that Piccolo's gift was a larger part in the next movie. The next movie made was Lord Slug Abridged, where he was badass and had the funniest lines in the movie, the "What's your gimmick" thing and the related snarking that came from that. Plus he got to play a role in defeating the movie's Big Bad. I think it's safe to say that Piccolo got a good present.
Kami claims that fusing with Piccolo, and thus being stuck in Piccolo's head, would be like "just another prison". Nail, however, doesn't seem to mind it. Why? Because he's already spent his life alone, with only another Namekian for company. He's used to it. In fact, he seems happier "living" with Piccolo than he ever did with Guru.
Dr. Gero modeled Android 16 on his late son, who was a Red Ribbon soldier who died to an enemy bullet. This actually explains Gero's desire for revenge much more than just the RR's destruction: if the RR accomplished its goals, his son wouldn't have died in vain, but Goku crushing the RR rendered his son's death meaningless.
This was already canon. The joke about it seeming to be made up is because it came from an interview with Toriyama.
You don't even know the half of it...
I was originally questioning why Piccolo knew the symptoms of a heart attack well enough to diagnose one in Goku in episode either 35 or 36, I don't remember at the moment, considering he's a green slugman, but since Dragonball is canon with DBZA, that means the "All of them?" scene, linked here, happened. After that, Piccolo would want to go look up what were the weak points on a human body, so he'd know human anatomy well enough to hit Goku's vital organs in their next fight. This gives him the added bonus of being able to diagnose medical conditions, such as heart attacks.
The character who reads the disclaimer at the beginning is usually going to die, or at least be the Butt Monkey for the episode. In the second Cooler movie, an out of character KaiserNeko reads it. In the movie breakdown, he spends about 50% of the time raging about how idiotic the movie is and what a pain it was to edit. Despite not technically appearing in the special, he suffered more than anyone.
In Episode 42, when Turtle mentions that Goku's sweating purple, Roshi's first thought is to ask if Goku's eaten any grapes, mentioning that he can't handle them. And while he hasn't had any actual grapes, what he has had is the heart medicine, which is grape flavored. From this, we can deduce that Goku has some sort of allergy to grapes, one that even the grape-flavored heart medicine can trigger. This sheds a whole new light on why he mentions not liking grapes to Trunks, and why he stopped taking the medicine once he realized it was grape flavored: he's allergic to grapes, and badly enough that they could kill him. It's quite possible that all his screaming from the last few episodes has been a result of the medicine's side effects, not his heart attack.
Bulma should have known that… but the person she'd have asked would have been Vegeta, who deliberately told her Goku liked grapes just to watch Goku suffer.
In episode 44, Trunks takes the pro-life stance on whether or not to kill an embryonic Cell. It actually makes a ton of sense that he would sympathize with an embryo, considering he himself was an unplanned child who went on to save countless lives.
Krillin meanwhile takes the pro-choice stance. He never asked to be born and constantly suffers abuse from everyone around him. Maybe he wishes he was aborted.
Or maybe he's just become more cynical and aware that Cell will cause untold destruction after being "born".
In episode 45 Chichi decides to finally let Goku do want he wants so he's allowed to go off and train to fight Cell just after recovering from his high cholesterol, but on the condition that he and Chichi have another child. Goku leaves without giving her a yes or a no. This may seem like a joke at first, but if you remember whether or not Goku and Chichi have a child determines whether or not the Buu saga will be abridged. Team Four Star is basically telling us they may or may not do the Buu saga -Luckofthe Draw
Think about it though, Vegeta & Bulma already had trunks in the current timeline. So the Buu saga has to happen, but without goten if they don't have him.
Now Confirmed, seeing as on the TFS website, it shows hbi2k listed as the voice of Dabura.
In episode 45, when Goku and Gohan meet with Vegeta and Trunks, Goku mentions that Trunks is "only on two words" in terms of Vegeta's responses to him. Vegeta's last two statements to Trunks in the episode are three word phrases, which may be their way of showing Vegeta's warming up to his son.
After being the biggest of all bads in the entire series Popo seems to be losing his edge now that Cell has arrived, but if you think about it Popo's power level is based off the fact that he kept up with Goten and Trunks in the Super Saiyan forms and Cell even in his first form is a huge step above Super Saiyan. Popo's reign as the strongest might be in question.
Now that the Xenoverse Let's Play has confirmed that he's Demon God Dumplin, it's because he knows he's not allowed to do anything. The timeline can't be screwed with, and if it is, the Time Patrol will stop him. If that fails, the universe is destroyed, and that's pretty pointless. Plus, after spending all that time defending it, the last thing you want to do is undo all that.
As Demon God Dumplin It took two saiyan gods just to defeat him Popo is the evolution of Demon God Dumplin indicating that even the entire time patrol couldn't stop him. However just like 17 wouldn't fight Krillin because he's too weak Perfect Cell isn't even fit to pop the pimples on Demigra's ass. And Demigra wasn't fit to shine Popo's impeccable shoes. Popo doesn't interfere because that'd be smacking a fly and Popo doesn't care about anything besides his own desires. And knowing in advance about the cell games he's going to sit back and watch because last time he was near them he was participating
It could also be that without Kami, he's just incredibly bored.
According to Dr. Brief's guidelines for a "perfect woman", Android 18 comes pretty close. She won't age, her reproductive system still works, and she's white. The only things that would stop him are probably that she can kill him and would not take kindly to being the submissive in the relationship.
Vegeta's Super Saiyan transfomration being activated by a petty tantrum may seem anticlimatic after his infamous rage break, but remember that in Dragon Ball Goku had a similar bout of rage when Krillin was first killed. This may be an indicator that pure-blooded Saiyans need two good shots of anger before transforming, presumably over a subject that matters most to them (Goku's friendship and Vegeta's entitlement issues)
Kami's "Oh my god!" reaction to Piccolo stating that Roshi knows the Mafūba might not be exasperation at Piccolo STILL not understanding the cannabis references ("He's asking if he has any pot.") so much as repressed memories of himself being hit with the Mafūba resurfacing.
Piccolo's "You're not familiar with our anatomy" line to Freeza striking random parts of his body in order to hit his "gloobark" makes a lot of sense considering what we know about Namekians. They're asexual and don't eat, so their anatomy wouldn't be as complex as most other life forms. For all we know, they're just muscle.
And that may also explain why Namekians are able to survive such brutal beatings. They don't have as many vital organs to damage.
Humans and Saiyans mught have gloobarks, but just have a different name for them.
Alternately, Piccolo's comment might imply that they have only one Gloobark; Freeza did say "Now for your other Gloobark".
When Goku is charging the Spirit Bomb and Piccolo is distracting (read: getting the crap beat out of him by) Freeza, you can hear him in the background saying "Ow my gloobark!" Guess Freeza found it.
Actually, it's not about namekians not having gloobarks, but Frieza not hitting it the first time. After all, Frieza answers that he will hit his gloobark (not his other gloobark, so he's admitting to have missed it), and Piccolo, as noted, confirms to actually have at least one.
Relaed to that: Frieza says that he will hit Piccolo's gloobark, "eventually". He does it a couple of episodes later, while Goku is charging the Genki Dama.
During The Adventures of Dumplin (I forget which episode), Team Four Star implicitly reveals that the gloobark is what allows Namekians to regenerate. Specifically, they speculate about how Cell was able to regenerate from the "nucleus" in his brain despite him having previously regenerated from the top half of his body getting vaporized by Gokū firing the Kamehameha at him point blank, since that "nucleus" would've gotten blasted too. They (jokingly) hypothesize that Cell's body instinctively reacted to the immediate danger by quickly relocating his gloobark from his head to his left kneecap, so the gloobark is apparently that regenerative nucleus.
In The History of Trunks Abridged, Piccolo correctly pronounces the name "Makankōsanpō." Turns out this is because Piccolo isn't actually there, but in Gohan's mind. It's no surprise that Gohan would be able to pronounce it correctly.
Also note that Gohan "inherited" Piccolo's mind, but not Nail's or Kami's. 'Cause, again, none of them are actually there; Gohan's hallucinating the entire relationship.
Again in The History of Trunks Abridged, Bulma comes on to Gohan, who by this point looks an awful lot like her old boyfriend Yamcha. Considering how simple times were back when they were dating, maybe she just wants to feel young and carefree again.
Of course, this could also be chalked up to her having a preferred type, which Gohan happens to fit.
Strong and black hair seems to be part of it... and also mentally screwed up, since Yamcha was irrationally afraid of women, Vegeta's a psychopath, and Future Gohan was broken from seeing everyone he cares about die and fighting a years-long losing battle against 17 and 18, not to mention his pre-existing daddy issues and Stockholm Syndrome.
In THOFTA, Bulam claims to be 37 when in reality she's 47. Trunks is 13. So, she was 34 when she had Trunks. What's the episode when she and Vegeta have unprotected sex? Episode 34!
So, it is heavily implied that Yamcha doesn't commit suicide in this world simply because Goku goes out of his way to call him his friend. BUT, what if that small comment was also the reason for Goku surviving? After all, what Trunks gave him was preventative medicine, not heart-attack treatment. It is quite possible that the reason he survived had nothing to do with the medicine and everything to do with Yamcha being by his side and caring for him (even if only superficially), as opposed to Chi-Chi and the rest of the gang ignoring him completely.
At first, I was confused about Cell suddenly quoting a song from Willy Wonka in a creepy tone of voice (as usual) in episode 47, but then I realized he borrowed this trait from Freeza, who sang his terrifying rendition of a song from The Sound of Music in his second form.
In Episode 48, Imperfect Cell is the one who reads the opening disclaimer, which is usually reserved for characters who die in that episode. But, since he became Semi-perfect last episode, and never is that form again, he is for all purposes dead.
It's been noted that TFS cut out the infamous "Goku punches Gohan" moment to instead have him reason with his son to keep him safe. Given how Goku's been such an awful father in this adaptation, it seems they're starting to show Goku improving so that his death near the end of the Cell Games actually has an impact on Gohan. And this change starts to happen right before they have a year's worth of time to bond and improve their relationship as well…
Goku makes a comment the gang won't beat Cell until after he and Gohan have finished training. While this seems almost mean spirited, it may also mean that Goku's savvy. With almost every previous battle, it all came down to Goku saving the day. Not to mention Vegeta's getting first crack at Cell, and Goku thinks that he'll get beaten down like every other fight Vegeta's been in that he didn't win.
Cell's Insistent Terminology regarding the other androids being cyborgs instead of pure robots makes perfect sense on two different levels. First off, 17 and 18's organic bases are what enables him to eat them through his tail and actually get something from it, so of course he would insist on respecting that knowledge. Secondly, it set him up perfectly for the "I am ANDROID 16" moment when he tried to drink 16 by the neck, as he just assumed 16 was just like the others due to knowing so little about him. The fact that he's a Psychopathic ManchildCloud Cuckoo Lander only enhances this.
During the Let's Play of Xenoverse, they confirmed/made canon a fan theory that explains so much about abridged Mr. Popo. He's Dumplin, many, many years after the game's series. Not only does it explain his power and evil, give him a backstory (he absorbed his entire original universe), explains how he CAN SEE THE FUTURE, but also might explain some of his personality traits. The AI allies are almost always absolutely useless, which explains his hatred of them. His toleration for Goku's idiocy might be because Goku helped him reach this point, even if he had a habit of "securing the kill". As for why he's so sadistic? Think about it: the parallel quests have you massacring all the cast, even the heroes, and the game is full of level grinding. He has murdered the entire cast alongside the likes of Frieza, Cell and Buu hundreds of times. You'd treat reality as a game too, if reality was almost literally a game.
Episode 49 confirmed that Bulma has a fetish for screaming. Remember that she was on Namek when Vegeta unleashed his physics-defying scream and the next time they met, she was all too ready to dump Yamcha and invite Vegeta to live with her.
This may also explain why her nightmare involved Vegeta threatening to rape her. She saw him as a sexual being and fear was just the first stage of her imminent attraction to him.
That whole scene on Namek may not have been a nightmare but a fantasy. When she was kidnapped by Emperor Pilaf in the original Dragon Ball and he threatened to do humiliating things to her, this is likely what she had in mind (he didn't, and was Squicked when she told him what she thought he was going to do). So as off-putting as the scene is, it's not out of character for Bulma.
Imperfect Cell looked monstrous and acted like a rapist. Semi-Perfect Cell looked ugly and acted like a clingyreject. His Perfect Form is handsome and has a lot of genuine confidence. He's evolving not just in power, but in sex appeal.
Back to the topic of Nail, he was always played as the Only Sane Man up until Frieza left him to die. His characterization shift could have been explained by the fact he believed he was going to die, so he did have a looser attitude than when he was serving Guru. Later on, Nail is simply trying to amuse himself by messing around or trolling Piccolo, coming off as more comedic and sociable than Pre-Fusion!Nail. The guy finally got to relax after dealing with Guru for King Kai knows how long.
Shenron referring to Mr. Popo as his master makes much more sense when you consider that, even though Kami gave life to Shenron by creating the dragon balls, Popo was the one who built the Shenron figurine.
Saiyans by nature have unreliable memories. Note how the Remembered I Could Fly trope occurs with every pure Saiyan character:
Raditz forgot he could fly out of Piccolo's firing range
Nappa realises he can fly, despite doing so in previous episodes
Vegeta briefly forgot that Yajirobe had cut off his tail
Bardock forgot that he had two sons and loses his train of thought at the slightest distraction
Pambukin assumed that Selypa was Kakarrot's mother, even though they were all off-planet when he was born
Trunks and Goku forgot they could go Super when fighting Androids 13-15.
So far, Gohan has been shown to have excellent memories. That one Saiyan trait gets discarded due to human superiority
When Krillin is explaining the concept of karma to Dende, Dende surmises that if he's good enough, he can get his family back. He later does an act of good - healing Vegeta - and gets his family back when Mr. Popo uses the Dragonballs to revive everyone Freeza and his minions killed.
Along with that, the main cast (except Goku, Gohan and Trunks) have no one to blame but themselves for Cell's ascension. The whole series, they've been ragging on Krillin for no reason except that Yamchawasn't around enough. Krillin has no self-esteem or even self-worth at this point with the only people caring about him being Goku, Gohan and Future Trunks. Then, along comes a pretty woman who is not only attractive in both appearance and personality but actually respects him somewhat despite the fact that she could kick his ass easier than all the rest of them. How could he not have fallen for her with friends like his? Too bad about 18. Eh, she ain't going anywhere.
I watched episode 52 and the scene where Perfect Cell gets Vegeta to hit him as hard as he can is triggered by mentioning Vegeta's father made me realize something: Vegeta's parenting techniques are most likely based off his father's and most pure-blooded Saiyans. Taking into account that Bardock is at least average in Saiyan parenting, if not close to good, then it makes sense Vegeta's being a dick to his son: It's the Saiyan way.
Another way to look at this is that after his father, Vegeta's father figures were Nappa and Freeza
While that idea somewhat explains the harshness, Vegeta seems to go out of his way to be aterrible parent to Trunks. This is something Vegeta probably wouldn't pick up from his father, who at least cared enough about him to have Nappa save him from Freeza just in case, or from Nappa, who considered Vegeta his friend despite being an annoyance. If you pay attention to how Vegeta abuses Trunks, and when you consider that Vegeta is a Card-Carrying Villain and an unrepentant Jerk Ass, it really seems like he's trying to invoke the Abusive Parents trope purely for the sake of being a dick.
In episode 20 the Ginyus have a brief joke moment where, after realizing that Guldo had died, they have a 'not it' call to decide who would tell their Captain about it. This was called by first Burter, then Recoome, with Jeice losing and being the one designated because he called out last. This becomes somewhat significant later; Jeice is indeed the one to tell Ginyu about Guldo's death, along with Recoome and Burters, since he ended up being the only one left alive to go back and tell him about it. The Ginyus even ended up technically dying in the order they called out in. Since Goku planned to let the fallen Burter and Recoome live and leave them alone, Vegeta killed them himself: first stomping Burter's neck and breaking it, then incinerating Recoome with a ki blast. Jeice then died third, but only well after he had indeed relayed news about Guldo's death to Ginyu.
When Recoome tells his buddies to turn on his music, the music that plays is instantly recognizable as "At Doom's Gate" from the first Doom video game. Why use Doom music? It's stated: his name is Recoome, which rhymes... with Doom!
What seems like a completely out of character moment for Goku when he's explaining the mass to power ratio of grade three form Super Saiyan makes more sense when your realize that the only thing Goku truly knows about is fighting.
At the end of episode 53 Trunks makes a threat to Cell that when he dies, no one will remember him. This becomes eerily prophetic when you consider that he's the only major DBZ villain to never return in future canon material. Freeza comes back for Resurrection F. Buu's good counterpart lives on after his saga while his evil half is reincarnated as Uub. Even Capt Ginyu returns briefly for Dragon Ball Super.
In other words, Cell may have been a good deal on Earth, but on the whole universe with Frieza and Buu, his presence went largely unnoticed. Cell also doesn't have any specific dialogue with Beerus in Dragon Ball Xenoverse, unlike the other two.
In their Let's Play of Dragonball Xenoverse, Team Four Star sucks so bad at the controls that Dumplin couldn't fight to his full potential, despite boasting about him being the strongest being in the universe. Since Dumplin is Mr. Popo, that would explain why he's so fucking terrifying; he doesn't have anyone holding him back now!
In episode 54, Dr. Briefs informs Android 16 that he's missing "an exceptional portion of data." It's a subtle Continuity Nod to the android's debut in episode 39, his storage pod preparing to initialize 1,430 updates before Android 18, unwilling to wait, kicked it open.
In episode 54, Chi-Chi tells the rest of the Z-Warriors that she's a fighter, too, backing it up with "how do you think I landed the strongest man on the planet?" Naturally, Vegeta chimes in with "arguably". At first, it seems like he's talking about Goku's power level, but when you consider that Goku engaged her unwittingly (thinking marriage was a kind of food) and that he's hardly ever around the house, it could be taken to mean that she didn't quite "land" him, either. No wonder that comment pisses her off so much.
Dr Briefs says that 18 still has her 'babymaker' intact and admits that, yes, he is referring to her vagina. This troper initially thought it was just a dumb, anatomically-incorrect joke to make clear that Krillin will want to do the nasty with 18. After all, Dr Briefs is supposed to be a genius scientist, he would know that babies are not actually made inside the vagina. Then it hit! Dr Briefs clones his wife, apparently a ton of times! Who says that Bulma may not be a test-tube baby and Dr Brief hence doesn't know the whole baby-in-womb thing?
Or he meant babymaker as you know, the vagina the ovaries and everything to make the babies, I mean yes he mused about the vagina but that's kind of a component to make a baby.
Given that he already has two very real voices in his head, that he went in alone, and that the time chamber drove Goku and Gohan a bit insane after a few months, is it really any wonder that Piccolo starts having vivid hallucinations of Cell after only three days?
When Cell "advertises" his Cell Games on global(?) TV, he repeats word-for-word Krillin's hope that the genetically-spliced monster will "leave the planet forever", which makes Krillin sigh in relief - before Cell goes on to admit that he'll be killing everyone first. Cell has Namekian DNA, and Piccolo can hear things at extreme distances - he could hear Krillin's words and was outright trolling him!
This probably isn't intentional, but Mr. Popo was introduced as a fearsome monster with powers beyond mortal comprehension, only to show a more sympathetic side with the help of a Morality Pet and lose his composure now that said Morality Pet is gone. With this in mind, consider that he's also Dumplin, a descendant of Majin Buu. Of course, Popo's Sanity Slippage has not brought about world-destroying consequences...yet.
Like Gohan's potential not being fully unlocked because Guru went easy on him, episode 56 explains why Vegeta was still too weak against Cell despite a whole new year of intense training: Popo switched the Time chamber to days instead of year. It would also explains why when Buu and Gotenks fight and break out of the chamber it looks like the same amount of time passed instead of a few second, Mister Popo forgot to set it back to normal.
In Episode 56, Dende has less of a Creepy Monotone then he did on Namek. Seems like a version of Vocal Evolution at first, but it makes complete sense since, this time around, his family's still alive, he's near Gohan, and he's just been given Kami's old position, and the most traumatic thing he has to process at the moment is being teleported across the galaxy. He's less emotionally stunted at the moment, so of course his voice has more inflection in it.
In Dead Zone Abridged, Kami is confused why Garlic Jr. would target Piccolo instead of him. However, when you think about who Kami lives with... well, it becomes clearer.
While they are approaching the planet, King Cold ponders about the pronunciation of Earth because there's an 'A' in it. Later on Trunks has a similar mix-up with Frieza's name because there's an 'I' in it. (There isn't)
The reporter mixes up his words and mistakenly asks Cell "Where he is and who he comes from," Cell responds and by introducing his arena and begins to recite the entire story of Dragon Ball and it's characters... meaning he literally tells the reporter who he came from.
Dream or not aside, Lord Chilled and his minions seem unaware of memes, which would kinda make sense as it's in the past when no one would get the reference.
Bardock: You mad, bro?
Chilled: A little, thanks for asking!
Debatable, but they may have also have been oblivious the innuendo slang they were exchanging with the villagers over their S.P.U.G., and Bardock had to step in because he did get it.
In a race full of badass idiots like the Saiyans, it would make sense that the Legendary Super Saiyan would be the most badass and idiotic of them all.
For an example of Fridge Horror, Dodoria is the most beautiful and fertile woman on her planet. Then....what do the other people on her planet look like? -DaionusThe 23rd
Maybe her planet's opinions on beauty are the reverse of ours. What they would consider eye-meltingly hideous would be drop dead gorgeous by our standards.
But that was BEFORE Freeza destroyed it
She's the most beautiful and "fertile" woman, suggesting her bloated appearance might be the result of numerous pregnancies in the past. Meaning she had several children that got blown up along with her home planet!
The thing about her possible children could have instead been an example of what Freeza was talking about when he said that the children he spares “either grow up or dedicate their pathetic lives to revenge. Usually both. Really, killing them is a kindness.”
The events of Dragon Ball appear to be canonical in DBZ abridged. If that's true, Goku would have spent three years training at Kami's lookout. That's three years with Mr. Popo. Is it any wonder that Goku reacted with panic upon seeing Popo in episode 11?
It actually shows in the episode Goku reacting because of that.
A more subtle example: Think about WHY Trunks was able to identify Vegeta's rage-filled scream as his father's. Think carefully. Give up? Assuming the androids were still responsible for the deaths of the majority of Earth's defenders, as in canon, Trunks MAY have been born in time to hear Vegeta scream in agony as he was killed.
Technically, in the original History of Trunks canon, he was born BEFORE the Androids started their attack. Heck, he was born roughly around the time Goku died of heart disease. So it's fairly possible he was still a baby when hearing his father get killed by them.
Confirmed: He was ten months old at the time.
Frankly, he's living in the most technologically advanced area on the planet other than maybe Gero's lab. I'd be surprised if Bulma didn't have some sort of recording of Vegeta to show her kid. Well, assuming it's something that she'd want to show her son.
Or maybe Trunks saw/heard it himself via Space Hulu. He could've been watching the Ginyu Force on GalacTV. Tokusentai, tokusentai!
In episode 24, Krillin dresses up in the Freeza soldier armor and notices how he looks like Nappa. He then goes:
Krillin: Hey Vegeta, what was that one guy's name? Vegeta? Vegeta? Vegeta? Vegeta?
Vegeta: Goddammit, Nappa.
Krillin: All right, good old Goddammit Nappa.
Please note that Krillin's dialogue was the same as Nappa's right before Vegeta kills him. You can see the cogs turning in his head of wanting to kill Krillin.
Furthermore, it's likely that Vegeta wasn't even answering Krillin or seeing Krillin. Rather he was just responding as if he was looking at and talking to Nappa and wanting to kill him again.
Gohan's anger at his father for "abandonment". Remember what happens towards the end of the Cell Games Saga? Goku forces Gohan to fight Cell, who nearly kills him and the rest of the group, leading to the sacrifice of Android 16, Gohan's Super Saiyan form awakening, and Goku's Heroic Sacrifice. How is Gohan going to reactto all that?
Lord Slug is one half from a Namekian, the other Namekian half was Guru, who calls himself Lord Slug's evil half. What was the original Namekian like?
Even worse, what if Guru got the idea to wish himself young and strong?
Well, he thought dying in the middle of wishing on the Namekian Dragon Balls was a bigger dick move, so that's that problem taken care of.
Arguably, he'd be less evil than Guru, since with a good half, relatively speaking, he wouldn't be as monstrous as what Guru is capable of, like drinking all the water, blaming it on the Albino Namekians, and encouraging their genocide.
What's going to happen to all the people Freeza and his men killed by blowing up the planet? There's this scene in one of the Green Lantern animated movies where the rings become non-functional, and soon after a lot of rings spontaneously fall back onto Oa, indicating all the Green Lanterns that were in interstellar space, which seems quite relevant here.
Actually, in canon Dragonball, Shenron's ability to revive someone is limited to around one year, possibly up to a year and a half. Anything after that is generally too far gone to call back.
Actually, since Freeza was revived in Resurrection F after being dead for over ten years, the above explanation has since been retconed, which means a whole lot of floating corpses in space are popping up right now.
That's not counting that Dende boosted the power of Earth's Dragonballs when he took over as Guardian.
When Super Kami Guru reveals that he was the one who caused the Drought, the Namekians respond by slaughtering him. And then consume him, leading to the creation of a new Grand Elder. Keep in mind that the Namekians don't need food for sustenance. It's likely that the reason Namekians have a mouth and digestive system is to EAT the Grand Leader when they need a new one.
Actually, while Namekians don't eat the same stuff humans and saiyans, they still need to drink water to survive, needing a mouth and a digestive system to do so, abeit a fairly more simple one, however, it sure explains why they have teeth, specially such sharp-looking ones.
Remember the bug planet? No, seriously. Remember that scene where Nappa asks the king and queen to mate in front of them? Remember how said king was a tyrant? That part's actually true in the anime, and if we're going by the anime's story, then that queen of his was someone he kidnapped off of one of his people (the person who told the two that the king's a tyrant), and so when Nappa had them mate to sate his curiosity, he pretty much had the king rape someone. Hopefully, it doesn't follow that part of the story.
Listen to the background during the first prison scene, they DID follow that part.
To be fair to Nappa, he wasn't really listening to the prisoner's lecture, so it's unlikely he knew the full extent of what he was demanding.
When Frieza tells Vegeta that he'll send him crying to his mommy, Vegeta replies that she's dead. To which Frieza replies, I know; meaning not only his father died at his hands, but his mother as well.
Considering Frieza destroyed the home planet, and 99.999999% of all Saiyans EVER, I think it's pretty safe to assume Vegeta's mother is dead, even if Frieza wasn't responsible.
In the remade Dead Zone Abridged, Gohan's drug trip is much darker than the original. While the events of the film are the only traumatic events Gohan's experienced in his life at that point, he's handling the situation just fine. It seems that the violent imagery he's seeing is the result of being half Saiyan. If that's the case, than all of the trauma he's experienced since then might be what's keeping him sane.
Android 17 makes an offhand comment about his (and 18's) parents being dead in episode 40. Considering how canon has them as human teens kidnapped by Dr. Gero, and how he's aware that his parents are dead, it's rather likely the old man murdered them while kidnapping 17 and 18.
Worse — this could be canon considering Dr Gero is no less evil there.
Episode 46 implies Gero kidnapped teenagers who were already orphans, but along with a comment about their names on their plans in Episode 44* "Who the devil names their children after crystals? It's like they wanted them to grow up to be strippers.", this implies something worse; after their parents died, Lapis and Lazuli were likely rendered homeless and forced to become strippers as their only means of surviving on the street. And since they were only teens when Gero kidnapped them, they could have been doing this from a potentially younger age.
Kami's And I Must Scream situation of having to be a part of Piccolo again, just another voice inside his head, "just another prison".
If the Z warriors didn't misinterpret Dende's invitation, Metal Cooler would still be in control of the new Namek.
Correction: New Namek would be gone and all its inhabitants dead… again.
Judging from Cell's reaction to Piccolo regenerating a severed limb, he didn't know Namekians could do it. Since he knows he DOES have Piccolo's genetics, this event is likely what lets him know he can do it too.
When he first meets Piccolo, Cell spits out a pacifier. Considering that Cell's consumption is used by his tail and doesn't absorb any inorganic matter, there's only one actual conclusion that can be drawn from that scene: Cell ate a baby alive and crushed it with his jaws. Doubly horrific because he would actually gain zero energy from that method!
Somewhat alleviated from the fact that he complained it's 'not even the right hole.' The way he said it was to imply that Cell absorbed the baby and took the pacifier in through his tail, but he spat out the pacified from his mouth, hence why it was so embarrassing.
Goku mentions that the Yardrats fed him their sick. Could it be that one of those sickly Yardrats had a heart virus that would be triggered by consuming too much bacon?
Episode 46 has Bulma mention that Dr. Gero only assigned model numbers to his successful projects. And that Lapis and Lazuli were only among dozens of orphaned teens kidnapped by him and experimented on. One can only assume that at least some of those teens had failures of the "total existence" kind.
In Episode 46 Yajirobe appears munching on... something. When he claims he found it in the freezer in the basement Dr. Briefs insists there is no freezer, only to stop in horror. Considering that in the previous episode we saw Briefs creating clones of his wife down there just what the heck was Yajirobe eating?
It gets even worse. In the stinger for Episode 46 Dr. Briefs shouts that "most of them weren't even meant to be eaten that way". If those were clones of Mrs. Briefs what does he mean by "most" of them?
It implies that not all of them were made for the purpose of sex. Most likely, he made a lot for all the housework. Some would clean, some would cook, some would do the laundry. (YMMV)
In History of Trunks Abridged, 17 and 18 complain about why in the world Gero didn't give them the ability to sense life energy like any other major fighter. 17 specifically says it seems like it is an intentional design flaw. The horrifying part? It likely is intentional, so that 17 and 18 can't feel Cell coming to devour them until it is too late.
Remember The Scream Vegeta made that went through time in episode 18? It finally comes back in History of Trunks, but the dialogue Trunks and Bulma have is different than the look into the future that was in that episode. One could write this off as just a script error, but remember that in addition to the main timeline and Trunks' Bad Future, there is a third timeline. The one where the Bad Future happened as normal until Imperfect Cell killed Trunks and stole the time machine to travel to the main timeline. What if that was the timeline episode 18 showed? It suddenly makes a throwaway joke much darker, as we got to see the only time that version of Trunks had anything resembling contact with his dad.
The last we see of Garlic Jr. he's being devoured by Mr. Popo. Since both characters are immortal, that means he's going to spend an eternity being digested over and over.
Though now that TFS has decreed that Abridged Popo is a future version of Dumplin the Demon God from their playthrough of Xenoverse, it's more likely that he'll be spending eternity in Dumplin's fuckbox. Whether that's better or worse than being digested for eternity is debatable…
Considering that everything from the Fuckbox is good, and the only confirmed downside to being in it is that your power has been added to Demon God Dumplin's (and the likelihood that most people who enter it got there by being killed by Dumplin), I don't think Garlic Jr. will be too upset about being there, especially since he's immortal.
Android 16 decides that Cell being ~10% Goku's DNA is reason enough to throw down with him. Does that mean he's going to go after Gohan, who as his son is 50% Goku's DNA?
I think he meant Goku's literal DNA, what made Goku… Goku. Gohan's the offspring of both Goku and Chi-Chi with his own DNA, so no, 16 isn't going to go after Gohan based on that. He'd do it if Gohan intervened while he's busy trying to kill Goku, though.
Uuuhhh dude, offspring inherits the genes of the parents (whether those go online or not is a different matter altogether), so yeah, sucks to be Gohan.
Except the Goku-DNA in Gohan is from being a descendant, while that in Cell is from being (essentially) cloned. Cell REALLY IS 10.78% Goku, while Gohan is just his kid.
Don't forget the real reason why 16 stepped into the fight: Cell threatened to kill Goku. Before that, he was content to stay on the sidelines with 18. He didn't just target Goku's DNA automatically, Cell had to anger him first. So, unless Gohan offends 16 somehow, he should be safe.
Agreed. 16 merely used a Loophole Abuse as an excuse to beat up Cell because he wanted to protect 17 and 18.
Goku played through Undertale and his gung ho attitude showed that he would have easily gotten onto the Genocide Route had it not been for Gohan telling him that he killed Toriel, the only person who could make him pies.
Worse still, given Bulma's previous assertion that all scientists know where each others' labs are, it wouldn't be a stretch to consider that Doctor Slump and the Briefs may have been peers or even family friends, which only makes the tragedy of the situation even worse.
Cell's A God Am I moment in Episode 54 happens before The Stinger, which features Nappa talking to Mr. Satan. It's god vs. Satan.
And the world wants Satan to win.
In recent episodes, Goku and Gohan's relationship is finale improving and it looks like they are on good terms again... And then you remember Goku's plan for defeating Cell at the end of the original arc...
The video of Dr. Gero's son getting killed by Kid Goku's Kamehameha raises a question for this and the original series: How many families did Goku unwittingly destroy that day?
In Episode 32, Yamcha asks Bulma what they did to his body when he died. Cut to his rotting corpse in the hole he died in. This suggests that, unlike the official canon where their dead bodies disappeared if they were called to train in the next world, their bodies remain where they died. In addition, it also suggests that, unlike past resurrections from the original Dragon Ball (Krillin, Master Roshi, Chiaotzu, et al.), if they are resurrected with the Dragon Balls, they re-appear separately from their dead body.note Also in the original storyline, Bulma gathered the bodies (that they could gather), and put them in cryocoffins, just as they did with Krillin, Master Roshi and Chiaotzu before. Where are Goku, Tien and Piccolo's bodies, then?
She probably buried their bodies, but forgot Yamcha's because, well, Yamcha.
More of a technicality than anything, but early in the series when Goku states that a senzu bean won't work because he's got a hole in his esophagus, he dies immediately after being asked how he's breathing. Thing is, the esophagus simply transports food to the stomach, and the trachea, which sits in front of the esophagus, is what transports air in and out of the lungs. That being said, Goku probably meant that his entire throat was just too damaged, and that neither breathing nor swallowing were options anymore.
An exchange from Episode 53 has Trunks remark that his fight with Cell was over before it began with Krillin calling the boast badass Cell remarks that it's "Technically accurate" Considering how unflattering the suits are giving Trunks a Bad Ass, How Trunks is a Bad Ass as in Poor Quality Asshole for trying to be what he can't and "accidentally" zapping Krillin, Badass being Cell referring to himself, or The facts Trunk's new form is not only so unoriginal that even Cell can do it it's also so bulky and slow Trunks won't be able to use it successfully so Cell has beaten Trunks before the fight has even begun. Any of these statements are "technically accurate"
After Cell gains his perfect form he shows an intense interest in becoming friends with 16. Having absorbed 17 and 18, who were 16's friends, really effected Cell's personality.
In the Broly movie, Paragus says that Broly was by Goku as a baby for three hours, where Goku would NOT STOP CRYING. Vegeta says it's dumb and Paragus agrees. But have you ever had to sit next to a screaming infant for more than 30 seconds? By the time one minute passes, you'll want to kill the thing, its parents and everyone around you just to get the screaming to stop. And Broly was less than a day old when he was next to Goku. His ENTIRE LIFE for the first three hours was a baby SCREAMING next to him. Then the planet blowing up. Believe me, Broly hating Goku makes a TON of sense if you think about it.
Also Goku as a child was able to cry for that long, though it makes sense considering how long he was able to do that as an adult while he was screaming in pain from his cholesterol induced heart attack. Saiyans must have great long capacities in this continuity
As someone who has had to, on (thankfully rare) occasions, put up with screaming children, I've never felt a desire to kill them. I've certainly never carried such a grudge for any time after they stopped screaming, let alone for decades, let alone from an age where I wouldn't remember anything which happened. And Goku's crying was unrelated to the planet blowing up.
maybe Broly has a REALLY good eidetic memory
Or maybe Broly associates Goku's crying with the planet blowing up... or King Vegeta's attempted murder on him. Both would be pretty traumatizing things, especially if Broly DOES have eidetic memory. Remember, Broly got dropped on his head. Would it be so out there to assume that the brain damage also caused some memory issues?
If you REALLY think about it though, there's one thing that screws up Broly's entire backstory: when did he even hear the word "Kakarot"? If they high pitched crying annoyed him why doesn't that set him off instead of a name nobody had any reason to even say while they were around him?