Trivia: Dragon Ball Z Abridged

  • Actor Allusion: Played with in the Halloween special:
    • Krillin (voiced by Lanipator) dresses up as Koenma, and Bulma (voiced by Megami33) attempts to dress up as Sailor Moon. They're the minds behind Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged and Sailor Moon Abridged, respectively.
      • This is also a reference to the Japanese voice actress, Mayumi Tanaka, who voiced both Krillin and Koenma.
      • Possibly even a THIRD reference to the fact that the creators of YuYu Hakusho and Sailor Moon are married.
    • Piccolo dresses up as Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. James Marsters (Spike on Buffy) plays Piccolo in Dragonball Evolution.
    • In Episode 4, Princess Snake is voiced by Lord Quadros. Lord Quadros voices Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid The Abridged Snakes.
    • 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.
      • More specifically, since the fake Namekians were voiced to sound like the Plutonians from Aqua Teen Hunger Force, it is safe to assume they are referring to two characters from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series who were voiced like the Mooninites.
      • "It is funny because wang means penis!"
    • 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.
  • Anachronic Order: The manner in which the episodes have been added to That Guy with the Glasses. In one of the stranger examples, the first three episodes were released in between episodes 12 and 13.
    • 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.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Chaotzu and Puar are both voiced by Megami33.
    • Dodoria also counts.
  • Doing It for the Art: TFS has even fixed original animation errors while editing the episodes.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Megami33 voices Bulma (as well as Anime/SailorMoon for a brief cameo) and LittleKuriboh himself provides the voice for the narrator and Freeza.
    • Let's put it this way. Yu-Gi-Oh!, Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho, Sailor Moon, Berserk, Gantz, Avatar, and even Metal Gear. If you've seen the abridged series of any of those shows, you will find at least one voice familiar.
      • Though it depends on which one you watch, since with how popular abridging has become, there are bound to be a few different groups abridging the same thing
      • Seeing that LittleKuriboh voices Freeza ... at the end of Episode 24, he says "... give me some ideas." He sounds a lot like Florence (a.k.a. Yami Bakura). Interestingly enough, one of his quotes is said earlier in that same episode by Krillin. When he transforms, he sound a lot like Yami Yugi, especially when he says "All done."
      • Freeza also tends to sound like Marik Ishtar whenever he gets angry, especially when he shouts "I WILL F***ING MURDER YOU!" to Nail.
    • From the Bardock: Father of Goku special and onwards, many of the sound effects come from the Orange Box. In particular, all grunts and yells of mooks during combat are clearly those of the characters from Team Fortress 2. May also count as a Shout-Out.
    • Apparently, the Elder Namek of Episode 16 is a man and wears a pretty hat...
    • Kyle Hebert is Santa Claus.
    • The voices of Krillin (Lanipator), Nappa (Takahata101), King Kai (KaiserNeko) and Goku (Masako X) starred in one of Kirbopher's flashes
    • In the 4th abridged movie, Christopher Robin Miller, also known as Professor Layton, is Bubbles the Monkey.
    • In the Bardock special, one of the scientists looking over Goku's pod is Christopher Sabat.
    • Masako X, Takahata101, and Lanipator all lend their voices to episodes of Death Battle, with Masako X and Lanpinator reprising their roles as Goku and Vegeta respectively.
    • Creator/Antfish uses his Dio Brando voice (sans the Tim Curry impersonation) for Captain Ginyu but Dodoria sounds exactly like Hol Horse.
    • In The Return of Cooler's Revenge: The Reckoning, the perky assistant robot onboard the Big Gete Star sounds incredibly similar to everyone's favorite Hyperion robot, Claptrap...because he is voiced by Claptrap's VA!
    • General Ivan, the guy who voices Cooler and Dr. Gero, voices Gecko Moria in One Piece. IN THE OFFICIAL DUB!
    • Episode 49's Sally is voiced by Laura Post.
  • 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.
  • In Memoriam: History of Trunks was dedicated to Monty Oum not long after he passed.
  • 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.
      • More so with this line:
  • Magnum Opus: For all the abridged writers who contributed. Some would even cite this as such for Abridged Series as a whole, given the depth of talent involved in the voicing, scripting, and editing processes.
  • 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-heel jerkass 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.
  • The Other Darrin: Vegeta3986 replaces Lanipator as Raditz in the middle of the first episode. As of Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged, Lanipator has gone back to playing Raditz since Vegeta3986 left the show.
    • 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 Vegeta3986 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).
    • Garlic Jr. was voiced by Vegeta3986 in the pre-TFS The Dead Zone Abridged. After he left the team, KaiserNeko replaced him.
    • Master Roshi is Masakox in Seasons 1-2 and Lanipator for Season 3
    • Oolong is first voiced by Vegeta3986, then KaiserNeko.
    • KaiserNeko decided not to reprise his role for Revenge of Cooler because he felt he couldn't give the character the proper "majesty", so TFS got General Ivan to play the role instead.
  • Playing Against Type: Takahata101 as a sane character (Bardock) wherein he often plays a Psychopathic Manchild, whether the characters in question are the protagonist, Villain Protagonist, or antagonist.
    • 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 Creator/Ganxingba. And as two members of the Ginyu, 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).
    • GanXingba mentioned on twitter that he ad-libbed a lot of Android 17's dialogue.
    • When Cell meets the East City Westmen in Episode 44, his head turns in a quick, unnatural fashion. This was originally a fluke, but kept because it looked, fittingly for Cell, disturbing.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Piccolo uses MySpace, wherein he only has one friend. In a later episode he mentions he switched to Spacebook.
  • What Could Have Been: LittleKuriboh posted his audition video revealing that he originally auditioned to play Captain Ginyu. TFS ended up loving the Freeza voice more and requested a second audition tape.
    • 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.