Ho Yay / Dragon Ball

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  • Goku and Vegeta embody this to a sometimes hilarious degree.
    • Their Fusion Dance. Does This Remind You of Anything?
      • The entire Fusion Reborn movie was loaded with this. The characters' lines didn't help the case.
      • To further that thought of fusion between Goku and Vegeta, it doesn't help that the Potara Earrings they wear in the anime causes them to rise up and connect... at the crotch!
    • Just to get some insight on Goku and Vegeta's relationship. The only thing Vegeta wants in this world is to fight and win against Goku.
    • You know when Vegeta finally gets his showdown with Goku and start talking about how he felt humiliated? He sounds like a bitchy ex-girlfriend. Goku's moaning sounds a little...too loud.
    • In the manga at least, the only reason that Vegeta went Majin in the first place was so that he'd have to fight Goku, which he only did because, as he complained to Goku, after his day on Earth is up, Vegeta would never see him again. The way Vegeta says it makes it seem like the prospect greatly upset him.
    • In the manga, when Vegeta makes his Heroic Sacrifice, his last thoughts are of Trunks, Bulma ... and Kakarot.
      • This is kept whenever Majin Vegeta uses the attack in the games, too.
    • This is easily Vegeta's gayest moment. "Like he ever would care about me..."
    • One of GT's most suspicious moment. I know it's only fusion, but they sound like if they were going to make sex, putting hand on each other's shoulders. Vegeta even blushes!
    • In the Non-Serial Movie Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, Vegeta hilariously shouts "Kakarotto Wa Ore No Mono Da!!" when Android 13 is beating his rival to death, and charges in to protect Goku. The context of this sentence is "Kakaroto is MY PREY, hands off him", but "Ore No Mono Da" is usually used by jealous ex-boyfriends to say "belongs to me".
    • In the anime, during the Frieza fight, Goku starts having visions of Vegeta's spirit who is... for no explained reason either half-naked in pants and shoes or totally naked. (Vegeta is totally naked in the uncut version but has pants and shoes in the edited US broadcast version of the show; and at least the Dragon Ball Kai version has his naked bottom waistline obscured by mist so as to keep him modest at all times.)
  • Trunks and Goten from Dragon Ball Z are Heterosexual Life-Partners that, as teenagers, spill over into ho yay (such as dancing close together without music or any other apparent reason). It's unsurprising given that their fathers seem to have some repressed 'feelings' for each other.
    • To say nothing of "Go forth, my Goten, and fetch the candy!" ...or that time Trunks gets his face licked by a dog while asleep and he told Goten to stop it... Or... well, really, Trunks is subject to a lot of ho yay.
    • Don't forget that during the Buu Saga, when Trunks and Goten were asleep, Trunks accidentally put his foot on Goten's head. Goten's response? Take his foot and starts to lick it!! Trunks starts laughing.
      • Put the two entries together and it appears that Goten likes licking Trunks. Subtle.
    • Ahem... "dance"? Hoo boy...
      • According to Dragon Ball Online, they're still together, teaching martial arts, well into their 30s.
      • In the second Dragon Ball GT ending, it begins with all the various married couples being shown together: Goku and Chi-Chi, Gohan and Videl, Vegeta and Bulma, Krillin and Eighteen…and then cuts right to Trunks and Goten walking along, in the same style. Apparently the creators consider them "life partners" after one fashion or another.
      • Perhaps it's safe to assume they're officially a couple now?
    • One of the first bits of information released about Dragon Ball Super stated that Trunks and Goten "fuse all the time."
  • If the published character bios are to be believed, Chaozu and Tenshinhan's respective favorite foods are... Tenshinhan and Chaozu. Yes folks, they like eating each other.
    • No. Tenshinhan's favorite food is jiaozi, and Chiaotzu's favorite food is tenshindon. They are the foods their names are puns of, but the names are quite different enough to be obvious that they refer to the foods, not each other. It's still funny.
    • Don't get started on those two! They are if anything, worse than Goten and Trunks!
    • These two are definitely more than just friends. When Chiaotzu makes his Heroic Sacrifice, Tien almost start crying, and then furious, but when Goku died for the first time he didn't really care, since the Dragon Balls could bring him back. He even said that when he avenged Chiaotzu, he would join him and then they'd never be apart.
  • There's also the fact that most of the characters in the show are male and more importantly nearly all the fighters are male and the entire plot of the show (especially when you get to DBZ) revolves around guys with big muscles beating the crap out of each other while causing varying degrees of clothing damage.
  • In addition, there is a ridiculous amount of random crotch-shots in DBZ, especially of Vegeta.
    • Who usually wears tights (and on one memorable occasion a pink shirt).
  • While canonically their relationship is more Parental Substitute and child, Piccolo and Gohan have quite a number of fans of Teacher/Student Romance that like the Mentor Ship vibe they have. Of course, it's not that hard to imagine a Precocious Crush on a young Gohan's side when he's singing a song literally called, "I love Mr. Piccolo" (Piccolo-san daisuki). It also helps Piccolo had a major case of the tsuntsun tsundere until all that time with Gohan mellowed him out.
  • Jeice and Burter got plenty of it. There's even a point when Burter says that Goku might look better than Jeice if the latter wasn't so red and short. So, apparently Jeice is Burter's type. The only response Jeice gives to this is a smile.
  • There exists a Trunks/Gohan doujin anthology that actually takes a couple pages to detail all the ho yay moments between the two characters.
    • Most of the Ho Yay between those two involves Future Gohan and Future Trunks, during the bad future where Androids 17 and 18 were in "Destroy All Humans" mode. The Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks movie has plenty of Ho Yay for those two.
  • You could argue that Krillin and Juunanagou (aka Android/Cyborg 17) have a little of this going on during the Android Saga. When the Z Fighters break into Dr. Gero's lab, 17 and 18 stare down the Z Fighters and generally scare the crap out of them. Then 17 keeps using a "come hither" gesture at Krillin to come a little closer and come into the lab with him...oh and 17 kind of has this creepy smile going on while he's doing it.
    • We all know 18 is into Krillin too, so maybe Krillin is just an android/cyborg magnet.
  • Goku and Krillin get some of this throughout the series, but a notable moment is during the Buu Saga when Goku asks Krillin to come to the afterlife with him, instead of asking his wife Chi-Chi.
    • Not only that, Krillin's death at the hands of Freeza was what triggered Goku's first Super Saiyan transformation, especially because at the time it seemed like Krillin couldn't be wished back to life. Later on during their fight, Freeza uses an attack similar to Krillin's Kienzan (Destructo Disk), which really makes Goku pissed.
  • There's nothing particularly suspect about Mr. Satan's friendship with Mr. Buu at first... until they get naked in a hot tub together.
  • I've always thought that Yamcha and Tienshinhan's rivalry back in Dragon Ball had plenty of Ho Yay. They make plenty of suggestive-sounding comments about kicking each other's asses.
    • Tienshinhan's decision to "leave Yamcha behind" in Resurrection of F and how fondly he looks at Yamcha in both the opening and new ending of Dragon Ball Super is enough to make one wonder if something is going on between them or if it's all one-sided.
  • Dende's farewell to Gohan, anyone?
    • The Abridged series took this and ran with it.
  • In the Distant Finale of Dragon Ball Z, Trunks is horrified to discover that his opponent (named Otokosuki, or "man-love") looks Manly Gay but acts Camp Gay and is positively thrilled that Trunks is such a pretty young man. Also when he sees Goten he releases heart marks.
  • In the bath scene in episode 3 of Dragon Ball Super, Whis tells Beerus that Freeza was defeated, causing him to stand up in shock, accidentally flashing Whis, causing him to blush.
  • In Super, Vegeta's comment that Goku seems to enjoy fighting with Hit more than him sounds pretty much like a jealous lover thinking their boyfriend is showing interest in someone else.
  • Episode 16 of Super has Whis essentially checking out Vegeta's body after the latter came back from training and even called him handsome when they were leaving Earth to Beerus' place.
  • A very rare Les Yay example appears in episode 92 of Super, as Caulifla refuses to join the tournament unless Kale joins as well, making it clear that the two are close. With some people questioning why someone as meek and fragile looking as Kale would join Caulifla's gang, the revelation that the two are quite close makes it come off as a lover supporting and partaking in her girlfriend's interests.
    • Taken even further in episode 93. Kale literally blushes at the sight of Caulifla going Super Saiyan, but when Cabba does it she looks so disinterested and even annoyed. Then when they're trying to bring out Kale's hidden power, Caulifla is clearly upset at trying to hurt Kale's feelings in order to trigger her into Super Saiyan form, and Kale becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl because she's afraid that Cabba is stealing Caulifla away from her. It escalates into something like Murder the Hypotenuse when she transforms into Super Saiyan Berserk and tries to kill Cabba. It literally took Caulifla reassuring her that she didn't like Cabba, as well as complimenting her, to calm her down... and into Caulifla's arms with them both smiling peacefully.
      • Caulifla even holds her bridal style.
      • All of Super episode 100 is MAXIMUM Les Yay for Caulifla and Kale. First of all, just as Kale is about to be taken out of the tournament, Caulifla swoops in and saves her — not unlike how Krillin saved Eighteen in the episode before. Then after beating on the two people who hurt her protege, Caulifla gives Kale some encouraging words of how much she believes in her, even lifting her chin up gently, to which Kale smiles and holds her hand. And then, when Kale goes Super Saiyan Berserk, what triggers her transformation? The fear that Caulifla and Goku were getting a little too close while they sparred. And she relentlessly hunts after him in order to Murder the Hypotenuse. But after getting knocked out by Jiren Caulifla catches her again, and when she's discussing with Hit what their next plan is, she's casually tying Kale's hair up for her, before carrying her away to safety. Honestly, with the Pride Troopers and Ribrianne being shoutouts to Super Sentai and the Magical Girl genre, it wouldn't be far-fetched to say Kale and Caulifla are such to the Yuri genre. Especially if you take Kale's context of Onee-sama to that of Maria-sama ga Miteru and Strawberry Panic!.
      • And then in episode 101, Kale is seen repeatedly blushing every time Caulifla compliments her, who continues to spout her belief in her protege. And then when they're outnumbered by the Pride Troopers and it looks like Caulifla's done for, she looks back at Kale and swears to protect her... which prompts Kale to finally control her super saiyan form, and the two end up taking out nearly half the Pride Troopers left in a combined attack. Battle Couple, much?
  • And then in episode 102, Dragon Ball actually gives us our first confirmed lesbian characters, as Vikal and Kakunsa from Universe 2 are a couple, and even Helles herself declares their love is the face of Universe 2.
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