Trivia / Dragon Ball Z Abridged


  • Absentee Actor: Gohan appears in every single episode except 39.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    Krillin: Well Happy Holidays to you too.
  • 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. Christopher Sabat in particular is close friends with the team. He's let them crash his panels, he's provided cameos for various videos (under psuedonyms), and he attended the opening of TFS' studio after their Patreon campaign was successful.
  • 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.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • KaiserNeko regrets including the Black Comedy Rape joke in episode 19 (which is something a number of fans took issue with).
      • 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, and even dedicated a good portion of this video thrashing the hell out of episode 1.
  • 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.
  • Executive Meddling: Despite their being friends with Funimation and many of the official DBZ voice actors, TFS can't cast any of them in Role Reprisals due to the way contract law works. So no matter how much fans might want to hear Vic Mignogna play Abridged!Broly (and no matter how much Vic himself might relish the chance to skewer the character), he's legally barred from doing so.
  • 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.
    • Jeice is from Space Australia...
    • Guldo is "The Raditz" of the Ginyu Force.
    • Believe it or not, GHOST NAPPA was planned from the very beginning. Yet the fans guessed that he would appear, and they were right!
    • The Tom in episode 49 is the same Tom that is/was MySpace friends with 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:
  • Old Shame
    • 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-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, Lanipator has gone back to voicing Raditz (whenever he appears, anyway), and as of Episode 28, Yamcha is voiced by Faulerro from Nullmetal Alchemist.
    • 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 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.
    • In Black to the Future, a Dragon Ball Super short, Masako X plays both Goku and Black Goku in the same scene.
  • 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.
      • 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".
    • The original plan for Android #17 was that he would speak in Totally Radical fashion, but this was quickly deemed annoying and dropped. The gag was later used when Cell impersonates #17 to try and convince #18 to let herself be absorbed, with the goofy speech patterns proving that he knows literally nothing about the siblings.
  • 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.
  • Word of God: Kaiser mentioned in a podcast that he considers all the Abridged Movies Alternate Universes where certain events from canon branched off.
    • Amusingly, this is canon thanks to Xenoverse 2
    • After Episode 55 came out, some fans interpreted the scene at the end as Chi-Chi raping Goku in order to conceive Goten; some were upset, while more disturbingly, some found it hilarious, and it got to the point where TFS had to add "rape" (and all variations thereof) to the word filter in their Youtube comments. Kaiser stepped in both online and in person at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2016 (the weekend after 55 was released) to clarify that it was NOT rape, Goku knows about sex and everything that happened was consensual, and stated that Episode 56 will make this crystal clear.

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