Trivia: Dragon Ball

Trivia relating to the manga/series as a whole:

  • Capcom Sequel Stagnation: The anime has been subject to a truly staggering number of home video re-releases in North America, many of them incomplete or flawed in some way so as to justify yet another re-release a couple years down the line. An extensive list can be found under the trope examples.
  • Creator's Favorite: Mr. Satan. Akira Toriyama admits that Satan is one of his favorite characters and he gets a lot of focus in the Buu Arc. However, he's very popular (especially in the Japanese fandom, he's more of a Base Breaker in the West).
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Mystic Gohan for his Buu Saga power-up, which was never given a name.note 
    • Mirai Trunks to the future Trunks, just plain Mirai, "Mirai Briefs" in some fanfiction when he returns to the normal timeline and lives with the "other" Trunks. Crosses with Gratuitous Japanese.
    • Kushami (Japanese for "sneeze") for Lunch blonde form, Ranchi (the Japanese approximation of "Lunch") for her blue-haired form. The first was coined in early manga summaries before the series was translated, and they are/were very common Fanon.
    • Majin Buu has several, depending on the people he's absorbed (the main ones being Buutenks/Super Buu 2, Buuccolo/Super Buu 1.5 and Buuhan/Super Buu 3).
    • Freeza, his family, and his race as a whole, have been given the name "Icejins." They have also been called "Changelings."
  • Fountain of Expies:
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Gogeta was originally supposed to be in the manga, but because the writers behind Fusion Reborn came up with the concept before he could unveil it, Toriyama came up with Vegito instead.
    • Goku's role as lead was intended to be retired in the Cell Saga, with the torch being passed to Gohan. Toriyama later changed his mind and brought Goku back to life again.
  • Word of Dante: The series was originally intended to end with the Saiyan or, more popularly, the Frieza Saga. This is actually a fandom invention as Toriyama never stated that. What he did say was he didn't intend for the series to last as long as it did or to explode in popularity the way it did.

Trivia relating to the anime:

  • Actor Allusion: When Goku first meets Yajirobe, he comments on his voice sounds a lot like Krillin's, referencing how Mayumi Tanaka voiced both characters.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Most notably Masako Nozawa as Goku, Gohan, and Goten. And Pauline Newstone (and later Linda Young) as Freeza in the English dub.
  • Dueling Dubs: See the page for more details.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • The FUNimation dub was their first major import, using hometown voice actors - everything they've done since mostly draws from this same pool.
    • In Mexico, this went to a whole other level. Goku's voice actor is so very recognizable to the point where some people can't watch other dubbed shows (or movies starring Bruce Willis) without referring to a character as "Hey, that's Goku!".
    • In Brazil, Goku and Chichi got married again... as Shining Armor and Princess Cadance.
    • In Portugal, Bulma and King Kai are respectively Artemis and Luna.
  • Playing Against Type: Kenji Utsumi had it half and half when he voiced Commander Red (no pun intended). Although Commander Red is nonetheless a military dictator, which fit one aspect of the roles Utsumi played, he's also extraordinarily short, something that Utsumi wasn't known to play as (he usually voiced giant characters).
  • Mean Character Nice Actor: Chi-Chi is known to be loud and obnoxious, but her voice actress Cynthia Cranz is known to be a very nice and calm person.
  • Recycled Script: The Dragon Ball movies are all very loose adaptations of story arcs from the original manga and TV series.
    • Curse of the Blood Rubies adapts the first Dragon Ball hunt, with the original character King Gurume substituting Emperor Pilaf as the ultimate antagonist.
    • Sleeping Princess in Devil's Castle starts off with a sub-plot involving Goku and Krillin being sent to find the titular Princess (eventually revealed to be a precious diamond) for Master Roshi, just like when they were sent to find a cute girl for Roshi in the manga.
    • Mystical Adventure combines the Red Ribbon Army and 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai arcs and puts them in an entirely different context.
    • The Lord Slug movie matches the plot of the King Piccolo arc. An evil Namekian wishes for his youth and power. This one is painfully obvious.
    • And the tenth anniversary movie Path to Power retells the first arc of the first search of the Dragon Balls, but with the Red Ribbon Army as the main antagonists.
  • Talking to Himself: In GT, General Blue attempts to fight Piccolo in Hell. Both Blue and Piccolo share the same voice actor in Japan.

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Miscellaneous Trivia:

  • Fortuneteller Baba, Mr. Satan/Hercule, the Supreme Kai, Pan, Bra, and Uub are the only characters in the entire franchise who have never died.