Megami33 also cameos as Sailor Moon at the end of episode 4 to comment on her thoughts about Piccolo blowing up the moon.
One of the fake Namekians in Episode 12 off-handedly mentions two guys who "just wanted to play a children's card game," a reference to LittleKuriboh, who by that point had become an official cast member.
Lanipator's brief stint as Freeza is an allusion to voice actress Linda Young. Both Freeza and Yu Yu Hakusho's Genkai are voiced by Young, whom Lanipator's performance is based on.
The character of Guldo is basically Dio from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged. Antfish... does NOT voice him. But he does voice Ginyu.
Little Kuriboh makes an allusion to his own role as Yami Yugi. When Freeza changes into his second form, he becomes larger and gets spikier horns. It's only appropriate that he uses his DAN GREEN voice for this form. The voice in general is not an allusion, as it predates the Kai dub by months.
In the Tree of Might special, Tien reveals that he is Jewish. Gan Xingba, who voices him, actually is Jewish.
In episode 37, Piccolo thinking up cool names for attacks says "Wind Scar". Lanipator voiced Inuyasha in the fan video "Inuyasha: Episode Infinity."
Revenge of Cooler Abridged references the Japanese version, where Zarbon and Sauza not only fill similar roles, but actually shared the same voice actor in Z (Show Hayami).
Episode 48 is titled "Advanced Geometry". In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, Takahata101 (the voice of Cell in the Abridged Series) provides one of the possible voices for the Future Warrior, and when this voice is selected, he refers to the Shin Kikoho as "Advanced Geometry". Ironically, Takahata101's character is on the receiving end of this attack in the Abridged Series.
Remix gets an allusion to his own dubs in Super Android 13: "Green dick is better than blue dick!"
Taken to a Meta level in the episode where Cell absorbs the Battleball teams: the captain of the East City Westmen is voiced by Takahata101 (who of course plays Cell), which is a nod to the fact that in the Funimation dub, Cell's VA Daemeon Clarke plays the same character.
Also there are numerous callbacks to Taka's other abridged series through Cell, ranging from subtle to not-so-subtle.
Tien is revealed to be Jewish in "The Christmas Tree of Might." His voice actor is Jewish himself.
Krillin: Why are you helping us save Christmas? Aren't you Jewish?
Tien: I'm just trying to be culturally sensitive, you Buddhist ass.
And now, it appears that no more episodes have been added since then.
The order the movies and specials are abridged.
Approval of God: Many of the voice actors of the original English dub of Dragon Ball Z expressed approval of the series, and have quoted the show's lines in-character. Taken Up to Eleven when one of the creators was hired to use his Ghost Nappa voice for one of the player voices in Dragonball Xenoverse.
Ascended Fanon: In TFS Play: Dragonball Xenoverse episode 32, Lanipator confirmed the fan theory that Dumplin (their created character) is a young (well, younger) Mr. Popo.
KaiserNeko also regrets how Dodoria's Unsettling Gender Reveal was handled, feeling that it comes off as transphobic in hindsight. He says that Vegeta's disgusted reaction should be taken as him being a Politically Incorrect Villain, not expressing the views of Team Four Star themselves. He also would've liked to contrast Vegeta's reaction with Krillin's and Gohan's, which, keeping in-character, would've been more accepting and tolerant.
The guys have commented on their dissatisfaction with some of their earlier episodes.
Executive Meddling: In one of their game livestreams, Lani said that due to how contracts work, they couldn't have Vic Mignogna play Broly in DBZA even if he wanted tonote Since Vic is contracted to play the character by Funimation, he legally can't perform the role for anyone else — which is presumably why the cameos from actual Funimation actors like Kyle Hebert has them playing characters other than the ones they play in the DBZ dub.
Fake American: Masako X is British, and although none of the characters he voices are American (or even from a universe where the US exists) he affects an American accent when playing both Goku and Gohan.
I Knew It: After Freeza's comment on how Guru can be so fat when Namekians only live on water lead many to believe that Guru caused the great drought by simply drinking it all. They were right.
That the Garlic Jr. Saga would be covered in only one episode.
Kami, like Nail, retains his personality as a part of Piccolo.
Insistent Terminology: KaiserNeko is a Troper, and often visits this very page. One of his common quirks is editing instances where other Tropers mistakenly spell Freeza's name as "Frieza". While the official English release usually cites the name with the I-E spelling, in DBZ Abridged, the E-E version is used.
Although, Son Goku has consistently referred to him as "Freezer" in-universe. That's the joke.
Episode 33 parodies this by having Trunks pronounce it as "Fry-za", which is then corrected by Freeza and his father—a bit of Fridge Brilliance when you realize who voices Trunks.
Lanipator and Masako X consider the Neighborhood Cluck Productions versions of the first two abridged movies to be this.
In his tenth comments replies video, Masako X states that he does not feel that he really turned out a good performance as Gokū for episodes 14 to 26, apparently due to some undisclosed Reality Subtext that made his life difficult and affected his performance. In particular, his Ginyu as Gokū role in Episode 23 was something hit by real life frustrations.
Kaiser regrets the occasional use of the word "retarded" as synonymous for stupid in some of the episodes.
One of Us: Kaiser Neko is apparently a Troper. He doesn't like it when people misspell Freeza's name either. "Frieza" is the spelling for the FUNimation dub, whereas "Freeza" is the original spelling, used for the abridged series.
Combined with Shown Their Work: The series itself seems to be full of references to inconsistencies and/or food-for-thought points that have been brought up either on this very wiki and/or on popular Dragon Ball fan forums. Such examples include Goku being an absentee father, this running in the family, Piccolo basically taking his place in Gohan's life, Gohan being psychologically messed up from everything he has to go through as a child, clues as to what goes on with members of the Planet Trade Organization when they're not being space pirates, Vegeta being a borderline-heeljerkass even when he's supposed to be one of the good guys—even the differences between all of Dr. Gero's androids in both morality and physical makeup are lampshaded to hell and back.
One-Scene Wonder: The Farmer has only three or four lines but they're all comic gold.
And starting in the Bardock special, LittleKuriboh replaces Lani as Freeza (subtly implied when he starts off with Lanipator and coughs mid-line, switching voices when he starts again).
This happened with Chi Chi's casting behind the scenes. The original plan was for Whiteash to handle the character, but she backed out due to life issues before Chi Chi's first appearance. Then Krisrix voiced her for the first season. Now she's been replaced by Hnilmik, a veteran of many popular flash animations, machinima, and adaptation projects as well as voicing Ms. Fortune in Skullgirls. Pick your favorite.
Because Vegeta 3986 left the series, everyone he played in the series thus far has been replaced as of episode 24. Kami is now voiced by Remix, and Lanipator has gone back to voicing Raditz (whenever he appears, anyway). This is also going to happen to Yamcha at some point too (if they ever give him another line before cutting him off).
And then there's his role as Cell, whereupon it became nerve-racking.
Schedule Slip: Lampshaded by Krillin in episode 24, when he mentions that it feels like they've been on Namek for a whole year.
Specials after the first season would often raise the question of when the second season was starting and harshly shout down the person asking it.
In one FAQ special the question on the schedule for the show was finally addressed... by Bubbles.
They got some heat regarding the release of History of Trunks, which was given a teaser trailer that promised a February 2015 upload. Then the month came and went, concerning quite a number of people. It got so bad that Kaiser brought it up in a nervous state in the March update video, apologizing profusely for some of the outside factors that got it delayed. It managed to come out on March 19th.
Talking to Himself: Even though the cast is significantly larger than most Abridged Series, multiple performance is still unavoidable (Lanipator in particular, who voices Krillin, Popo, Piccolo, Master Roshi, and Vegeta).
Like the original Japanese version, Goku and Gohan share the same voice actor, MasakoX. Made even more apparent when we see a flashback to a young Goku. He sounds like Gohan, and yet is still able to sound distinct enough to be Goku.
Recoome and Jeice are both voiced by Ganxingba. And as two members of the Ginyu Force, they are often talking to each other.
Takahata101 runs into it whenever Dende speaks with either Guru or Porunga.
Even though Kaiser Neko mostly played supporting/peripheral characters before Trunks' arrival, he still ran into this with Korin and Yajirobe, who live with each other in the former's tower (and who were upgraded to a romantic pairing in the abridged series). Additionally, it happens when George Takei interrupts King Kai's telepathic calls.
Lampshaded at Youmacon 2009, where Lani intros himself as playing Chris Sabat.
Throw It In: KaiserNeko mentions in a few Episode Breakdowns half of the things such as Dragon Ball Z Kai Episode 2 that were not scripted were added in. Such as Freeza giving the finger and Goku gets interrupted mid-sentence by Vegeta dying (the latter Masako X flubbing his line).
The breakdown for History of Trunks reveals that there was quite a debate about whether Gohan should actually take Bulma up on her offer, though everyone's happy they wimped out.
But just in case you're not happy they wimped out, thanks to a fan effort you can see an alternate take on the scene, where Gohan accepted Bulma's offer!
Gohan: I need an adult?
Trunks: You ARE an adult...
The breakdown for Episode 51 reveals that KaiserNeko was originally going to play all three versions of Cell. But he wanted to play Trunks instead and felt Takahata101's interpretation was "too much fun to pass up".
Word of Gay: Inverted with Future Trunks, who KaiserNeko has said is more of a Celibate Hero due to growing up in a world terrorized by the cyborgs.
When asked about it on Tumblr, KaiserNeko clarified that not all of the characters he voices are gay. Korin and Yajirobe being a gay couple was too perfect to pass up, and Burter not having any obvious indicators of his sexual orientation before being outed was funny, but others like Oolong, Turtle, King Kai, Gregory, Zarbon, and Trunks are not gay.