Heartwarming / Dragon Ball Z Abridged
aka: Dragon Ball Abridged

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    Season 1- 2 
  • Four years after Piccolo kidnaps Gohan and Gohan still calls him "Mr. Piccolo". Sweet.
    • Even more heartwarming is the fact that Gohan in the Bad Future still refers to Piccolo by this name, despite being an adult.
  • It's a minor one but in Episode 8 it is kinda sweet that while Piccolo is quite happy to watch Tien to get pounded by Nappa (even when he's begging for help), when Gohan tells him to help he immediately does.
  • "You stupid.. ugly... son of a bitch. His name... WAS CHIAOTZU!"
  • Similarly, in early episodes, Yamcha and Krillin shared a respect for each other. Yamcha suggested fighting on Krillin's behalf when under Popo's training, and Krillin avenged Yamcha's death by killing three Saibamen. Yamcha gets a glare from Tien, and Krillin gets recieved with disappointment (and a backhanded comment from Nappa) for the latter, but it's still kinda nice.
  • The end of Episode 20, when Team Four Star ask for help for victims of the flooding in Australia.
  • Episode 21, where Jeice and Burter talk about how they're the best of friends... followed immediately by Goku nearly killing Burter. Unwittingly.
  • Episode 21 has another moment with Gohan's reaction to Goku's arrival. Of course, Goku being Goku...
    Gohan: Dad? Dad! Oh, my God, you're here! I love you, Dad!
    Goku: That's right, Gohan. I am here!
  • Guru's false Rousing Speech to Nail this, somehow. It helps that it follows a rare moment of Guru backing him up, complimenting him on being a smartass to Freeza.
  • Ginyu's realization that all his men are dead. Really made Vegeta into more of a bastard for denying him that moment.
    • The fact that Team Four Star made the squad into a troup of True Companions is refreshing when compared to the source material. There, Ginyu was just using his men to get a position in Freeza's army. Here, he's a reasonable, if stern, leader who cares about all of his team mates. (Barring Guldo, of course.)
  • Dende healing Gohan while saying he's the only person he respects and can really talk to.
  • Even though it was Played for Laughs, Vegeta mentions that the Kanassans miraculously repopulated.
  • At the end of episode 27, Vegeta gives the "Super Saiyan" speech to Freeza for a third time, only now, he's talking about Goku. The incredibly pained delivery of the line as he's dying makes it all the more awesome.
    • Also of note is that while Vegeta's fighting him, Freeza's thinking of what gifts to use to break the news to the Ginyus' families, and when he can't decide between gift baskets or fine wine, he considers going the extra mile and sending gift baskets with wine. This is a guy who'll execute minions to end an awkward conversation.
      • Though Freeza does show more tolerance to the stronger of his minions. Seriously, in episode 28 he openly admits to himself that he misses Zarbon.
    • Goku's concern for Vegeta before and after Freeza kills him.
  • Vegeta's whole "keep being awesome" thing to reassure Team Three Star's victory against Freeza was kind of heartwarming since it meant he didn't intend to kill them.
  • Goku burying Vegeta after he died is surprisingly not turned into a joke, bar Freeza's snarky comments.
  • Gohan running up and giving his dad a hug after the battle.
  • Kami remarking that it's "easier than you think" to work with Mr. Popo. In spite of the fact that Popo is terror incarnate it's clear that he treats Kami a lot better than the other maggots.
    • Popo ranks Kami above his own poop. For him, that is high praise indeed.
    • He identified himself as Goku's friend when he showed up at the hospital.
    • He lied to Bulma about what his magic carpet runs on, even though he has literally no reason to give a shit besides the fact that it'd hurt her feelings.
    • After acting so callous about Kami's death, he turns around and tells the heroes that there is another set of Dragon Balls they can use. Granted, Popo could've done this himself, but he didn't need to mention using them to bring back those "worthless maggots". It seems Mr. Popo is shaping up to be a jerk with a heart of gold.
    • The Xenoverse Lets Play has revealed that, in the Abridged universe, the Patroller is young Popo, explaining much of his personality. His power comes not only from training and absorbing an entire universe before the game, but because he is a Demon God, and so, over time, he's gotten more powerful.
  • Despite how he's treated Krillin throughout the show's run, Goku's reason for going Super Saiyan here is still the anger he felt from Freeza killing his best friend.
  • Just like the source material, Goku still warns Freeza to get down to avoid his energy disk.
  • Despite being as bad as he was in the original, Goku only showed momentary hesitation, before giving Freeza some of his energy.
  • Parental Neglect and the ensuing Daddy Issues aside, the flashback has King Vegeta in Episode 25 ordering Nappa to escort his son off of the planet "in case things go south." Glad to see that he cares about his son's safety.
  • The Namekians killing Guru for lying to them about who caused the famine, resulting in the deaths of many, many Albino Namekians. They clearly showed their disgust and rage at Guru for tricking them into doing such a thing.
  • Seconds after being healed by Dende on Earth, Piccolo's first thought is to call out for Gohan, proving that he does indeed care about the boy.
    • And right before that. Dende asking for a hug was adorable, especially in contrast to his Creepy Child persona.
  • How about Dende actually showing that he loves Gohan?

     Season 3 
  • The Turtle's birthday party in episode 31. His thank you was just so heartfelt.
  • Krilin recalls the time he took Maron for a brunch with Korin and Yajirobe and the first thing she asked them was if their kids would be "Fat guys or kitties", before Krillin decides to leave embarrassed. Without getting angry at all, Korin replies that "maybe both".
  • King Cold is much more broken up about Freeza being murdered than in the original work.
    • He also in general seems to be a bit of a Doting Parent to Freeza, much to the later's embarrassment.
  • Piccolo's Big Damn Heroes moment against Freeza, accompanied by Gohan's gleeful "Mr. Piccolo!"
  • The revelation that the Capsule Corps jacket that Future Trunks wears once belonged to Bulma. A little creepy since it is a jacket she made to show off her midriff, but still heartwarming.
  • When Krillin crossed Goku's mind, the first thing he asked was if something happened to him. After Trunks attacked right the hell out of nowhere and Goku blocked it like it was nothing, he simply repeated the question. Nice to see Goku cares.
    • The entire conversation between Future Trunks and Goku is this. Future Trunks has already been through a lot, so it's kind of sweet that he finally gets the chance to talk with his childhood hero.
  • This exchange between Goku and Yamcha:
    Goku: Wait, Yamcha?
    Yamcha: Yeah?
    Goku: You're my friend.
    Yamcha: Oh, uh... thank you, man.
    • He did this after hearing Yamcha would commit suicide in the future after finding out Bulma was pregnant with Vegeta's child. Given that his reaction to the idea of Freeza killing all of Goku's friends was "The dragon wouldn't be happy 'bout that one!", that means a lot.
    • Listen to Yamcha's reaction to it as well. After suffering as The Chew Toy for so long, he was legitimately touched.
    • Jump forward three years. Everyone's together just before the androids are set to appear. Bulma has a baby that everyone knows is Vegeta's. At worst, he seems annoyed that everyone assumes the kid couldn't possibly be his. Seems like Goku really helped back there.
    • Yamcha returns the favor by taking Goku to get medicine when he has a heart attack.
  • This exchange between Gohan and Goku after Goku accidentally slaps Chichi through the house walls and into a rock, which is a hilarious way of showing that Gohan cares about him and loves him:
    Goku: Oh my gosh!
    Gohan: Dad, run!
    Goku: W-what!?
    Gohan: The worst she can do is ground me, now run!
  • Goku and Piccolo have formed a genuine friendship as of episode 34.
    • Shown big time in episode 36. For a few moments, Piccolo is clearly concerned for Goku during his heart attack.
    • Episode 39. Android 17 threatens everyone to stay out of Vegeta and 18's fight, but Piccolo only responds that he doesn't really like Vegeta enough to do that. He does state, however, that he would help if it were Goku.
  • After Dr. Gero attacks the city with his eye beams in episode 35, he brags that he just killed the entire population. Even Goku realizes that Gero couldn't have blasted anyone that was behind him, and is stopped from pointing this out by Piccolo. Piccolo, a former villain, showed concern for civilians.
    • When Piccolo tells Goku to shut up to avoid anymore civilian casualties, Goku shuts up, and they talk Gero into moving the fight. Goku may be dumber than a box of rocks, but at the end of the day, he still tries to help people.
  • Krillin tells Tien to get off of Yamcha's case after the latter forgets to provide important information. One Butt Monkey has to look out for another, it seems.
  • Episode 37 has Tien and Piccolo taking jabs at Vegeta's blandly named Big Bang Attack, acting like friends. Nail notes that Piccolo's not one to talk, being Mr. Special Beam Cannon, and they exchange suggested names until Nail makes one that Piccolo admits is pretty good.
    • It turns out Future!Trunks picked up his mentor's catchphrase.
    • It's small, but the way Yajirobe cares about the possibility of Baby!Trunks being hurt by the Androids when he, the baby, and Bulma are flying out to the battlefield. It's a stark contrast to Bulma's 'meh, whatever' attitude.
      Yajirobe: [holding Baby!Trunks protectively] You do know your kid's in the plane, right!?
      Bulma: Oh, he doesn't know what's going on.
      Yajirobe: Yeah, I don't think that's the point!
  • In episode 38, Piccolo sees how Vegeta treats Trunks, turns to Gohan, and tells his student that he's a good kid...who doesn't quite grasp what Piccolo fully meant by that.
    • Also, Bulma for once acting like a mother when she expresses concern and fear over Baby Trunks after the ship got blown up and Future Trunks saved them.
  • In episode 39, Android 16 acquires a hobby: Bird watching. Heartwarming considering the rest of his personality is a single-minded desire to kill Goku. He even expresses disappointment at seeing them fly away.
    • Hell, even Android 17's reaction to him finding a hobby is somewhat heartwarming:
      Android 16: The birds flew away.
      Android 17: Oh yeah?
      Android 16: I liked the birds.
      Android 17: Good for you man.
    • Really the fact that despite being complete jerkasses, 17 and 18 were actually somewhat friendly towards 16 (especially compared to their brief impressions on 19) counts. Even if they are somewhat condescending towards him.
  • Yamcha being concerned and caring about Goku while he's suffering from cholesterol problems.
    • Goku is one of the few people Yamcha can call a friend.
  • Episode 40:
    • In the previous episode, Piccolo blatantly said that he's in no mood to help Vegeta. Yet, he and Tien went into battle after Trunks did. Trunks was trying to help his dad, but they were clearly going in to help Trunks.
    • Toriyama, the bird Goku saved in the Cooler special, returns in episode 40. Apparently, Toriyama was very grateful for being brought back to life because it actually taught a dinosaur to ride a ball like Goku asked it to.
    • Krillin is too scared to help the other Z warriors fight the androids, it's when they reveal their intention to kill Goku that he tries to force himself to intimidate them. Looks like the feeling between them is mutual.
    • Korin worrying over Yajirobe and, when Yajirobe finally calls, saying he's "not mad, just concerned" much like a lot of parents.
      Yajirobe: ...I love you.
      Korin: I love you too.
      • Which is even more heartwarming when you realize that both Korin and Yajirobe are voiced by the openly gay and married KaiserNeko. Kaiser also voices the gay Burtur (who is Heterosexual Life-Partners with Jeize), George Takei, and the Camp Straight Zarbon.
    • We see the beginnings of Android 18 and Krillin's relationship start to set in. Seeing him at least try to stand up to them, even though he's scared out of his wits, seems to endear him to Android 18, and she declares him "cute," even giving him a peck on the cheek before flying off with Android 16 and 17. And even after that, when Android 17 starts picking on her, she gets a little defensive at him. She brushes it off nonchalantly, but she's still on the defensive.
      Android 17: The hell was that? You got a thing for dwarves now?
      Android 18: What if I do? Societal definitions of beauty are BS anyway.
  • Piccolo flies up to the lookout and greets Mr. Popo and is greeted by the same, albeit as "Young Kami". Remember, most of the heroes are wary of Mr. Popo at best, yet Piccolo can just fly up and talk to him no problem. And while it's obvious Mr. Popo doesn't generally treat people with much courtesy, calling Piccolo "Young Kami" is better then the insults he calls everyone else by, and is technically correct to boot. Seems Mr. Popo puts Piccolo up pretty high on the pecking order.
    • Admittedly, this is somewhat diminished by the fact that Popo was tripping out on a gallon of LSD at the time.
    • On that note, Kami acting as Mr. Popo's "babysitter" while he's tripping out. The two have a strange relationship, stemming from whatever nonsense Mr. Popo is getting into at the moment or whatever evil he's doing in "Eldritch Abomination Mode," but it's pretty heartwarming to see the moments where they do get along and see eye-to-eye on things (like when he allows Popo to grow pot on the Lookout because "That shit's great for [his] glaucoma"). The fact that Kami cares enough about his friend to make sure he doesn't hurt himself while on LSD really says something about their friendship.
      • Though it should be noted that he might be keeping an eye on Mr. Popo because of his in-series status as an Eldritch Abomination, to make sure he doesn't do something that might destroy all of reality as they know it.
      • It should also be noted that, since we have no idea just what Mr. Popo is capable of, we don't even know if he can get hurt. It's still nice how Kami is taking care of his emotional well being.
      • Oh God, just imagine what Dende's relationship with Popo will be when Kami's gone?
  • Though it's a small one, Korin's comment that even though Piccolo was rude to him, he's still invited to Sunday Brunch because Korin and Yajarobi enjoy his company is heartwarming when you consider that at the beginning of this show, Piccolo was willing to risk his life against a stronger warrior just to get a Myspace friend.
    • Also even more heartwarming when you remember that Namekians don't need to eat, so he's just going to their brunches for the company.
  • The scenes with the Androids in episode 41 are nice; 18 aside, they're just having a fun road trip.
    • 17's brotherly encouragement of 16 is particularly nice.
  • Kami bidding Mr. Popo goodbye as he begins to fuse with Piccolo:
    Kami: Well then, Mr. Popo. I suppose this is goodbye. It's been... a trip.
    • Likewise, the way Piccolo and Kami seem to reconcile (or at least come to an understanding) before they fuse is pretty great in itself. Especially because it leads to Piccolo acknowledging the Namekians as "their people".
      [Piccolo places his hand on Kami's chest]
      Kami: All right, now. Lower.
      Piccolo: [smiling] Yeah, not falling for that.
      Kami: [chuckles] Hmm, I didn't think so.
  • Krillin can't stop gushing over Android 18, and when Master Roshi presses the subject of her boobs, he asks if that really matters. It really highlights the difference between his attraction to 18 and his attraction to Maron (where he was constantly talking about her body and how he wanted to sleep with her)
    • And comparing the comments he makes about the two women, it's clear he respects 18 a great deal more than Maron. While Krillin focuses on the sexual aspects of Maron like her "heart-shaped pillow of an ass" and her "boobs that are as big as [his] head", the aspects of 18 that enamor him are her beautiful blue eyes, her quirk of brushing her hair out of her face, and her stunning confidence.
  • Gohan and Trunks investigating the abandoned time machine is pretty cute. Despite him now technically being younger than his future student, Gohan takes the lead on the search for clues, enjoying the chance to solve a mystery. At the same time, he notices Trunks uses the phrase "Crap baskets" just like he does.
    • What helps is that it's one of the few times that Gohan gets to act like a regular kid. You can even see a bit of his father in him when he asks to keep the giant molt from Imperfect Cell, thinking it's a regular insect molt.
  • While it seems weird in Gohan's POV that Trunks is staring at his arm, it makes sense to Trunks as in his timeline, Gohan loses his arm in the battle with the androids. So he's being Crazy-Prepared to make sure that doesn't happen to his future mentor.
  • Definitely one-sided, but there's a chance that Cell of all people has a soft spot for pandas.
  • Piccolo apologizes to Tien for his dad killing Chiaotzu.
  • The fact that Android 16 was based on Gero's son. Showing that even a bitter old man like him had loved ones.
    • This is also canon. Word of Toriyama-sensei says that Dr. Gero modeled Android 16 off of his son after he was felled by a bullet.
  • In episode 44, when Future Trunks questions Krillin about his making laser noises as they blast away the rubble of Gero's lab to search for the basement. Krillin is totally unashamed of it... and then Trunks joins in. Glad to see he's getting in some fun in the past, at least.
    • It's preceded by this line from Krillin as Trunks begins blasting:
      Krillin: You know, I sometimes complain about our lifestyle, but honestly, shooting lasers is fun.
    • Then as a nice little cap to the whole blowing-up-the-lab escapade:
      Krillin: That was fun. We should hang out more.
  • In Episode 44, Trunks was perfectly willing to spare the unborn Cell on the premise that it had not done anything wrong. While Krilling ruined it by dropping the pretenses and doing the deed, it is nice to know that Trunks has a heart and doesn't hold grudges for future actions, preferring to judge on past and present actions
  • In episode 45, Goku comments that Popo doesn't really seem like himself today. Popo responds with a noncommittal grunt, and it cuts to his POV as he pictures Kami standing next to Goku. No words are spoken, but the message is clear: Popo misses Kami.
    • Piccolo has revealed that fusing with Kami has neutralized the Dragonballs. Krillin starts to freak out now that the team's safety net is gone, asking we they don't have Goku. Then Goku suddenly teleports in, takes Gohan and teleports out just as suddenly. After a beat from all four characters on the ship:
      Piccolo: ...Good news, we have Goku.
      Krillin (now completely calm): Bitchin'. Let's go hang out at Kame house.
    • Android 17 gets indignant on 16's behalf after 18 destroys the forest in front of them to make a flatter road, calling it a "dick move."
  • Chi Chi's behavior throughout this episode. She shows concern for Goku when she hears commotion from his room, is willing to fight Super Saiyan backstopping androids for him, is absolutely overjoyed when she learns Goku woke up, brushes off getting thrown into space and burning up in the process, and is fine with Goku taking her son to fight evil. Her only condition is that they expand their family by having another child. It's like she took over 9,000 levels in kindness, though it may or may not be an effect of having been in deep space.
  • Goku himself got a nice moment when Chi Chi hugs him after he wakes up.
    Goku: Aw, hugs are nice.
  • Despite being as politically incorrect as always, Dr. Briefs seems to have nothing but love for his illegitimate, half alien grandson. You'd think the whole not being fully human thing would get to him, but being told that he won't get to hold baby Trunks is an efficient threat.
    • It probably helps knowing that Bulma got nailed by a prince. Trunks is his royal illegitimate, half alien grandson.
  • Android 16's development. Culminating in episode 47, where he tells the other Androids how the time they've spent together has made him appreciate the beauty of Earth. His speech is enough to convince 17 and 18 that they should give up on their plans of world conquest... but he still wants to kill Goku.
  • Goku stopping Gohan from flying to certain death after Piccolo is taken out by Cell. Despite some questioning his parenting skills, Goku does care for Gohan.
    • It goes a bit deeper than that. It would've been all too easy for TFS to depict Goku punching Gohan out like he does in the show to continue the "Goku is a bad father" meme. He doesn't do that here, instead he simply grabs Gohan and holds onto him until the boy calms down. Abridged!Goku might be a complete idiot who lacks in parenting skills, but even he knows better than to resort to violence against his own son when all he has to do is simply keep him calm and reason with him.
  • Nail's telling Piccolo and Kami that It Has Been an Honor when Piccolo's had his neck broken and a ki blast through his torso and is now sinking into the ocean.
  • As Android 16 is telling the other two to run, he points out that if Cell manages to absorb them, he'll wreak havok upon the world. 17 points out that that's what they were going to do. 16's response? "Yes. But I like you.". It even makes 18 blush!
  • The first thing 18 says directly to Cell in episode 48 is to demand he give her brother back.
  • Bulma's display of concern towards Krillin after she accidentally hits him with her ship is a definite moment, considering how much of a bitch she can be to him.
    • And back at the beginning, there's just something sweet about Baby!Trunks saying "Krillin" when he spots the latter flying towards them.
  • Episode 49 has a few.
    • Bulma reading the disclaimer with a little help from Baby!Trunks.
    • The running joke of Korin asking someone to pick up Yajirobe and saying that he misses his bean daddy.
    • The first thing Vegeta does on getting new armor from Bulma is to compliment her, albeit insulting Baby!Trunks in the process.
    • Goku saying to Gohan that it's nice of him to join him even though Goku did kind of take him there. Then Goku tells him that he believes in Gohan and that he'll be able to become a Super Saiyan.
  • In Episode 50, Goku and Gohan take a bath together with Gohan admitting it's been nice training with his dad. Since he doesn't like training, that means he's mainly enjoying being with Goku. Goku tells him they can't hold back from training even during bathing and launches a "splash attack". Cue the two of them playing like little kids until Goku takes not holding back too seriously and uses the Kamehameha.
    • Earlier, Bulma tries to come to Vegeta's defense when Tien and Piccolo bad mouth him. Though she admits that he is in fact a Jerk Ass, it's still a good effort on her part.
    • It's implied that what ultimately triggered Goku's transformation into Super Saiyan was Freeza threatening to kill Gohan. With each episode, TFS is showing how much Goku cares about his son; he is just not really good at being a father.
    • Also from episode 50 Vegeta's been nothing but an ass to Trunks the entire series the infamous "I don't listen to bastards" line being one example. After kicking Cell's ass he has this little moment.
      Vegeta: If that's wracking your brain try drinking this in. It may pain me to say it, but the boy over there is almost as strong as I am. Then again, unlike you, he's half me.
  • Goku's absolutely ADORABLE song about turning Gohan into Super Saiyan... to the tune of "Giant Woman" from Steven Universe, no less. And Gohan seems genuinely touched by Goku's continued devotion even after 3 months of failure.
    • What makes this even more heartwarming is that unlike the original song's theme of childish curiosity, Goku's version stems from his desire to help Gohan become strong enough to stand a chance against Cell, all while being perfectly in-character.
    • During the song, we see Goku giving a sleeping Gohan a piggyback ride, tucking him into bed, and in his own words, watching over him like a papa-hawk.
    • What cements this is the fact that right after entering the Hyperbolic Time Chamber Gohan was visibly distraught at Goku for being, well, Goku for so long. After knowing his father still has such faith in him, Gohan may very well have forgiven Goku (at least a bit) for all idiotic things he's done so far.
  • By this point, after being partnered up together for so much of the arc, it's clear that Tien and Piccolo have moved past their previous... issues and have genuinely become friends over their shared Only Sane Man and Deadpan Snarker status.
  • Tien betting that Vegeta is more likely than Krillin to screw up in the plan to defeat Cell. Although it's qualified by him admitting that Krillin is "a total bitch", Tien nevertheless notes that Krillin always steps up when times call for it. Which makes his later reaction to Krillin's decision to crush the detonator underfoot all the more hilarious.
  • Vegeta admitting that he's actually proud of Trunks... even if it's covered up by crazy amounts of rage.
    Vegeta: Huh. This is a new feeling: pride in someone else.
  • A whole plethora of 18 and Krillin moments:
    • Krillin's realization that his affections for 18 go farther than a simple crush.
    • 18 referring to Krillin in her head as "The Cute One" and generally treating Krillin with far more respect than almost any other character.
    • 18 promising (in her head) to "rock [Krillin's] four foot world" for repeatedly trying to save her.
    • Krillin repeatedly trying (and failing) to keep 18 safe from Cell, even though he knows he's vastly outmatched - the Krillin Owned Count ticked up twice in short succession, but wasn't all that funny due to this being the driving motivation.
    • 18's last wish to 16 is that he "Keep the little guy safe".
  • In Episode 52, Goku's utter glee when he sees Gohan finally reach Super Saiyan is a combination of this and funny.
    • Goku admitting the blast he used to make Gohan turn Super Saiyan was actually half strength.
  • In a way, Trunks holding back his strength to spare his father's pride is this. Despite all the abuse Trunks has had to put up from Vegeta, including a year of training devoid of positive reinforcement, he still tries to spare his dad's feelings because he knew how much the truth would hurt him.
    • A small moment: just before Trunks explains why he's been holding back, Krillin says that he likes Vegeta.
  • Vegeta gets a very minor one in that he didn't seem to intend to destroy the Earth with the Final Flash. Seems like he's getting better.
    • A small bit of fridge heartwarming, Vegeta would've had to deliberately angle his attack away from the Earth. Had he not cared, he could've done more damage to Cell (possibly even kill him, given that he vaporized his arm). Vegeta, at least subconsciously, wouldn't destroy the entire world just to kill Cell.
  • The Stinger for Episode 52 has a small moment where Gohan's blast-cooked meat (prior to it disintegrating) reminded Goku of his grandpa's cooking.
  • Given their relationship up until this point, it's extremely nice to see Goku and Gohan legitimately bonding in the intro to episode 53. Even if 95% of their time together has been spent training, it's still quite refreshing.
  • In Episode 53, Bulma proves she doesn't care which Trunks it is. She loves both.
    Piccolo: On the other hand, Trunks is about to fight Cell.
    Bulma: What!? But he's just a baby!
    Beat
    Bulma : Oh right....the future one... but he's just a baby!
  • In a deranged way, Cell implying that he's still attempting to bond with 16 by saying how fun it would be to kill Goku.
    Android 16: That still doesn't make us friends!
    Cell: I'M TRYING, SIXTEEN!
  • The Stinger for Episode 53 has Krillin and Vegeta laughing together as if they were actually friends. Until Krillin reminds Vegeta of his humiliating defeat and gets punched in the face.
    • On waking up, Vegeta initially puts on the bravado before Krillin informs that he's the only one there. Vegeta immediately drops it and sounds like he's on the verge of crying, prompting Krillin to sympathise and try to cheer him up.
    Krillin: Dude, come on, it's just me.
  • Episode 54, when Tien and Piccolo tell Bulma about the outcome of the battle with Cell, she is concern whether Trunks is safe when they tell her he is fine, her next question is a more frantic question about whether Vegeta was killed instead.
  • In episode 54, not only does Yamcha have a victory for once in his life, but after his brutal comeback against Vegeta, Vegeta didn't even seem angry. He just casually gave Yamcha a five minute head start, almost as if he was impressed Yamcha grew a pair.
  • Also in episode 54, a cute mother-to-son moment between Bulma and Future Trunks. It's taken many steps to get there from when initially, they both had to deal with the awkwardness ensuing from their first encounter, with Krillin not helping matters. They've gotten past the early weirdness to the point where the only thing on Bulma's mind must be what drink her son from the future would like as they meet again.
  • Another from episode 54: 16 bonding with Dr. Briefs' cat.
    • Not to mention Dr. Briefs just casually offered to fix 16 himself, stating he's capable since he taught Bulma everything she knows.
  • We finally find out the reason behind Chichi being so smothering. She doesn't doubt Gohan's strength, she just doesn't want Gohan to follow the same path Goku went by barely getting by on past tournament winnings and mooching off her dad.
    Chi-Chi: Now I know that I can't stop him, but if he fights and gets hurt... or God forbid dies, and any of you could have stopped it? There's no dragon in this universe that will save you from me.
  • Krillin helping 16 up and offering him his friendship, for no other reason than he was close to 18.
  • It's very easy to miss, but Cell opens his address to the world with "Ladies, gentlemen, boy and girls, and that technicolor rainbow in between..." Who knew an Omnicidal Maniac like Cell was all for acknowledging non-binary/genderqueer folks?
    • Of course, this is coupled with Fridge Brilliance: Being a lab creation and therefore the only one of his kind, Cell's essentially non-binary, too.
      • Well he is part-Namekian, who don't actually have genders.
    • Though considering that this is Cell we're talking about, he probably was being condescending.
  • Vegeta's pure outrage over Cell's Your Mom joke.
    • And before that, he's easily the closest to Trunks he's ever been, starting to commiserate over how they both had their asses kicked by Cell before catching himself, and then genuinely laughing at one of Trunks' wisecracks.
    • Vegeta saying hello to Ms. Brief. Remember, this is Vegeta we're talking about.
      • Even though he did call her "MILF", he apparently did so on her request and while believing it was Earth "culture" to do so.
  • Master Roshi telling the others to quit picking on Yamcha.
  • In episode 55, instead of asking Piccolo to make him another gi, Gohan asks for a set of clothes like Piccolo's. And then there's Piccolo's reaction:
    Nail:...did our heart just skip a beat?
    Kami: That is precious!
    • It's subtle, but Vegeta's demeanor and general mannerisms around the group have begun to become almost... friendlier. A year with his son must have mellowed him down, even if a little bit.
    • A little earlier in the episode, when Goku asks Mr. Popo for his Gi back. This is right after warning Vegeta not to call him 'Black man'
    Goku: Yo Mr. P, hit me up.
    Popo: Bitch, you're lucky you're endearing.
    • Goku's pride in Gohan for reaching Super Saiyan and how much their relationship has improved in the time they were in the chamber together.
    • While Goku is talking about how handsome Perfect Cell is, he notes that he would still never cheat on Chi-Chi.
    • It's a small one, but Nail and Kami talking with Piccolo about starting a clothing line is this, when you recall that the first obstacle Piccolo sites in interfering with getting a house is that he has no money and won't be able to get a job. They're helping him solve that problem so he doesn't have to spend all of his time in a wasteland (of course, he might just be a bit of a shut-in instead, but hey, at least he'll have something to keep the rain off and a cozy place to sl-meditate.)
    • Cell's affable attitude with Goku. Although he's usually mocking people and dishing out breaking speeches, he shows nothing but respect and fondness for Goku.
  • Episode 56 has bunch.
    • Embedded in Android 16 is a brief scene of a recording from Gero's son, the man that Android 16 was modeled after. It's a small, quiet moment not played for laughs in the slightest, and shows that before he became a madman Gero had a son that he deeply cared for. But, naturally, it ended in tragedy.
    • Also Kami and Nail try to encourage Piccolo to try talk to Trunks and make more friends. Both turn out to be really bad and awkward, but the effort is still appreciated.
    • Throughout the episode, we see Goku and Krillin having casual chats about their sex lives (or lack-of in Krillin's case), confiding with and giving advice to each other. It's nice glimpse of their friendship when they aren't fighting for their lives.
    • Goku reveals to Bulma that Chi-Chi is pregnant, and Bulma just squees as she congratulates the two.
      • Bulma is the first person Goku tells. A nice reminder of just how much he values her and how much they've been through as friends,
    • A small one, but Piccolo flat-out tells Dende that he's been missed. Unfortunately, Dende does not return the sentiment.
      • Though he does casually refer to Piccolo as Nail after Piccolo asks why they can only get two wishes from Earth's new dragon. Since there's not a lot of people who even knew Nail fused with Piccolo at all, not even Guru, it says a lot that Dende can still sense his old friend.
    • Speaking of Dende, after telling Mr. Popo off for calling him Little Green, Popo just smiles and says he likes him. Considering his usual attitude, it's sweet in a twisted way.
      • Special mention goes to the fact that this is the first time Mr. Popo ever smiled since Kami left the physical plane to fuse with Piccolo.
      • This also implies why Mr. Popo liked Kami, too - both Kami and Dende might have reacted the same way to the nightmare that is Popo: "so?" Which would mean that they're the only two people Mr. Popo has ever respected.
    • Credit where it's due, Goku calling Chi Chi his "hot Asian wife."
    • At one point Gohan realizes that they actually are living in a world without Dragon Balls, and Trunks makes a sarcastic comment about how sorry he is about that, since he spent an entire life without Dragon Balls to help his world (as Piccolo was killed by the Androids in Trunks's timeline). Gohan doesn't pick up on it and Trunks just takes a deep breath and says "I can't be mad at you."
    • Cell for the most part is actually reasonable with the reporter that wants to interview him and learn his origins. Telling him a summed up version of the events Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z to that point with the reporter actually being very impressed and amused by the story and anticipating what happens next. Until the end where Cell blasts the reporter for calling him "Perfect Cell" instead of "Mr. Perfect Cell."
    • Despite Dende flirting with Gohan hard and him not noticing at all, it's clear that Dende is still fond of him after being three years away from each other and Gohan is still treating him friendly.

    Movies/Specials 
  • Much like in the original series Piccolo makes a habit of saving Gohan in every movie they share together (barring the Dead Zone where he doesn't know who Gohan is and he does sorta unintentionally help Krillin rescue Gohan by blasting Pepper.).
  • In the Christmas Tree of Might special, Piccolo wishes Gohan a merry Christmas before being blown away. Brief, but touching.
    • In spite of being shot at all the time, Santa always tried to visit planet Vegeta. Granted, he always failed, but props for the effort.
  • At the end of the Bardock special, there is a montage of scenes from the original Dragon Ball series, showing Goku's youth to the main theme song, the actual end credits to the special albeit with CHA LA HEAD-CHA LA overlaid on it. Despite the silliness of the episode, it is nice seeing Bardock's sacrifice pay off.
    • Nappa distracting the young Vegeta from the trauma over his planet's destruction by the announcement that they're going to Dairy Queen.
  • In the Lord Slug movie, Goku while fighting Lord Slug on Iguana Street randomly notices how nice a restaurant is (while he's being flung through the window of said restaurant!) and mentions that he should take Chi Chi there.
    • It's actually a "toy" store, and a reference to the joke when Goku found an adult toy in her drawer. Still, nice nonetheless to see Goku taking a note of Chi-Chi's interests.
  • In the Revenge of Cooler movie, there's something really nice about Cooler saying he knows he's still cooler than Freeza as he dies.
    • It's also a little nice in Goku's conversation with Cooler where the former feels sorry for the latter's past as The Unfavorite. Goku even shares in Cooler's dislike of Freeza.
    • Goku takes the blast from Cooler for Gohan, which is normally Piccolo's job and puts him out of commission for most of the movie. Even if he did forget Gohan existed half a film later it's still nice to know he'll remember to save his kid when it counts.
    • The fact that Cooler actually explicitly says that: "I sign your paychecks", when Freeza's equivalent of paying his minions is allowing them to live, shows Cooler might not be a nice guy but he's a considerably better boss than his brother.
    • Goku's Platonic Erotic Dream about Chi Chi while unconscious was kind of sweet.
      Goku: Aw yeah that's right Chi Chi, pour that maple syrup... all over my breakfast. You beautiful lady who lives in my house.
  • From the end of Episode of Bardock; Piccolo watching over Gohan while Goku is in space. Even Played for Laughs, it's sweet.
  • In the remake of Deadzone Abridged, Goku goes to rescue Gohan so that he won't miss lunch. Goku, if nothing else, makes sure his kid is well fed.
    • In the same movie, a brief one for Chichi. Her first reaction when confronted with a dangerous stranger is to tell Gohan to shelter in the house.
  • In Cooler 2, Yajirobe confesses he loves Korin when he's about to be killed, after he'd spent most of the movie sulking about the fact that he and Korin had been fighting!
  • Future Gohan being so much like Piccolo as a mentor and quietly whispering "I've got one, Mr. Piccolo" when he takes Trunks on as a pupil.
    Future!Gohan: I said from now on, you shall be my pupil, and you'll call me Mister Gohan!
    • Future Gohan mentioning that the greatest source of his strength was losing Piccolo and Krillin. Nice to know that Krillin was important to Gohan as well.
  • When Gohan finds out that his father is dead, he lets out a Big "NO!" in response.
  • When future Bulma comments on Gohan wearing his father's Gi, Gohan just says it's the only thing he left him in this kinda embarrassed sounding voice.
    • Though Gohan turned her down when she hit on him, he's still friends with Bulma which compared to Vegeta and Yamcha says a lot.
  • History of Trunks Abridged has Chi-Chi lamenting how she'll never get to be a grandmother. Around this time in the main timeline, Gohan and Videl have a baby girl. So Trunks going back in time did more than just lower the body count, he also saved Goku's wife from depression.
    • Android 18 and 17 might be ruthless killers but considering they were orphans/runaway/delinquents abducted and experimented on by Gero to be mindless killers seeing them enjoy a theme park like kids is heartwarming.
    • The special begins with a dedication in memory of Monty Oum, who at the time had recently passed away.
  • Nappa's "Bald This Way" video can be this for anyone worried about hair loss.
    Nappa: I'm beautiful in my way, Kami makes no mistakes, I'm on the right path baby, Yeah I'm bald this way.
  • During the "Make a Man Out of You" music video, there's a moment where we see Mr. Popo watching Earth's martial artists training diligently and smiling. Not in his usual sadistic way, but out of genuine appreciation for their efforts.
  • In response to the United States legalizing gay marriage, TFS released this, in which Korin proposes to Yajirobe. Yajirobe doesn't see the point since they were basically married already, but when Korin compared their relationship to him eating a five pound burger, he accepts.
    • And it's apparently abridged canon, at least to the movies; the next movie to be abridged opens with the rest of the cast shopping for wedding presents for them.
  • In the new Worlds' Strongest movie, rather than killing the Antivillain Dr. Wheelo, they simply give him a human body. Granted, one with an enormous braincase but he's not dead!
    • Upon meeting him, Bulma is ecstatic over talking to Dr. Wheelo, who'd apparently advanced cancer research by decades while he was alive and whole.
    • For a second, Goku becomes legit angry when a mind controlled Piccolo backhands Gohan.
    • Dr. Wheelo is genuinely horrified at most of Kochin's evil plans, particularly his re-purposing of Zap-Zap, Blub-Blub, and Brr as evil minions. He then mourns them as they get killed by Goku.
    • In the beginning of the movie, it's nice to see Chi-Chi being worried for Gohan like a normal parent, without being in full Jerkass and My Beloved Smother mode. It shows that, deep down inside, she still cares about him.
    • Well, maybe not exact "deep down inside" as it's clear from the beginning that she cares and loves her son to an almost scary degree. What's nice about this is that she shows she knows how to show love to him in a more respectful manner towards.

    Meta 
  • The comment of a Youtube commenter. Yes, we are talking about the same website.
    TFS got me into Maximum The Hormone.
    Maximum The Hormone got me into Zetzubou Billy.
    Zetsubou Billy got me into Deathnote.
    Deathnote got me into criminal justice.
    Basically, DBZ Abridged made me choose criminal justice as my major for college and my future career.
    So thanks TFS. Your stupid humor helped me sort my life out.
    blacklegionairsoft1 7 months ago 67
  • From ConnectiCon 2012, Mr. Popo and Slenderman (or at least their cosplayers) meet (From 1:05 to 1:55). It's oddly sweet to see two terrors of the Internet form a Villainous Friendship.
  • In the final moments of Episode 55, Lanipator thanks LittleKuriboh for starting the Abridged Series phenomenon, as Dragon Ball Z Abridged wouldn't exist otherwise.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Abridged

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