Trivia: Dragon Ball
Trivia relating to the manga/series as a whole:
- Creator's Favorite: Mr. Satan/Hercule. Akira Toriyama admits that Hercule 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).
- Frieza, his family, and his race as a whole, have been given the name "Icejins." They have also been called "Changelings."
- Fountain of Expies:
- Goku is the direct base and inspiration of several of the shonen protagonists in this generation, including but limited to: Naruto Uzumaki, Monkey D. Luffy, Zatch Bell!, Toriko, Natsu, Gon, and Flint. Besides the basic "lovable idiot" aspect of the character, his imitators also tend to copy several other character traits of his, such as his extreme love of fighting, his equally big love of food, his immensely compassionate and unselfish nature, his lack of sexual awareness, and the improbable hairdo. More often than not, though, said expy would have his energy level over 9000. This means, that every badass thing, no, every single thing, these guys do; it's because of Goku.
- Also, Vegeta himself helped define the concept of The Rival archtype. You could most likely list some of the expies as much as you could the Rei or Shana Clones.
- And of course, Vegeta himself can be seen as an expy of Piccolo, and Piccolo an expy of Tien. The three of them define The Rival archetype and are all Anti-Heroic, cold, loners, to show the contrast with the heroic, loud, and friendly Goku.
- 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:
- 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).
- Talking to Himself: In GT, General Blue attempts to fight Piccolo in Hell. Both Blue and Piccolo share the same voice actor in Japan.
This show is the Trope Namer for:
- Backup from Otherworld
- From a Single Cell
- Frothy Mugs of Water: Indirectly.
- Fusion Dance
- Kamehame Hadoken: Co-trope namer with Street Fighter.
- Meteor Move
- Power Levels
- Fortuneteller Baba, Mr. Satan/Hercule, the Supreme Kai, Pan, Bra, and Uub are the only characters in the entire franchise who have never died.