Video Game: Dragon Ball Online

Dragon Ball Online was an MMO by Korean developer, NetMarble. The Story was mostly written by Director, Takamiya, and the project was approved by Toriyama.

The story is set in the age 1000, 216 years after Goku went to train with Uub at the end of Dragon Ball. Over this time many unforeseen changes have occurred in the universe. The Earth is now home to three new races: the Majin, the Namekians, and the Yardratians. The Majin are known to be the children of Majin Buu while the Namekians were forced to, once again, flee from their home planet due to unknown circumstances and take refuge on the Earth. Parts of the Earth have been terraformed to resemble that of Namek to make the Namekians feel more at home.

Two conflicts fuel the story. The first is with an organization known as the Red Pants army, which seems to be a recreation of the Red Ribbon Army, and the second is a mysterious force known only as the Timebreakers. The Timebreakers' motives are attempting to go back through the history of the Earth and alter all of the major events involving Goku, with the goal of either brainwashing him or stealing his DNA.

The Timebreakers' meddling with time has caused a number of time leaks to open up all over the planet Earth. The character you play as is from an unknown Age that was unwillingly pulled into one of these time leaks and ends up in the Age 761 at the Kame House where you witness an encounter between Trunks and the Timebreakers. Trunks then takes you to the Age 1000 where you and he together try to preserve the Earth's history either by way of going through the time leaks or with the use of his Time Machine.

As the makers of the game, NetMarble, only had the rights to the manga version, as well as the Toei character of Bardock, Dragon Ball Online completely ignores the events of Dragon Ball GT.

The game was eventually shut down; the Korean servers went offline on September 26, 2013, with the Taiwanese and Hong Kong versions joining it on October 31.

After the shutdown, a group of dedicated fans began making a reproduction of the missing data and setting up custom servers, essentially creating an updated Fan Remake to be titled Dragon Ball Online: Revelations. Its progress can be viewed here. The storyline established in the game got revisited in the 2015 video game Dragon Ball Xenoverse.


Dragon Ball Online provides examples of:

  • Acrofatic: Male Majins, similar to Buu himself.
  • Acrophobic Bird: Unaided flight can be obtained as early as level 10 but player characters can never initiate flight during combat and will drop to the ground when attacked. This included engagements with flying enemies.
  • Air Borne Mook: Saibaman variants with fly like bodies, mechanical eyes deployed by the Red Pants Army and Cell-X eggs.
  • Allegedly Free Game: Many features like the Assist Character Pets and vanity outfits cost real money to buy.
    • Bribing Your Way to Victory: One of the best examples was the "Super Saiyan potion" which instantly transformed your character into a Super Saiyan that was vastly superior to the regular Super Saiyan form available to players. It was only available, if real money was spent to buy it in the cash shop.
      • Defied in Revelations. The developers have confirmed that even though gifts may be rewarded for donations, no gameplay advantages will ever be sold.
  • Assist Character: The pets, usable by any character, and the dragons, usable by the Poko Priest class.
  • Alternate Timeline: The first timeline in which Goku died due to a virus attacking his heart, leading to Androids killing most of his friends, and a second timeline caused by Bulma's time machine, which those events are prevented from happening, and a third timeline, where Cell steals the time machine used by Trunks. The theme of Dragon Ball Online is that the nature of time travel has changed, preventing these, but not before a seemingly infinite amount of timelines had been created(previously, only 12 were confirmed)
  • All There in the Manual: Much of the game's plot, such as the existence of Towa's baby, was revealed in Dragon Ball Online Chronicles, which was only released in South Korea.
  • Anti-Grinding: As you get stronger, the enemies give less and less experience. No, not talking about the amount of experience to the next level getting higher, even though it does as well; the enemies themselves will eventually get to the point where only 1 point is gained from defeating them.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: The quests will typically give you equipment, which consists of you guessed it.
  • An Axe to Grind: The Namek's Shadow Knight class has access to axes.
  • Attack Drone: The Hearthstone weapons that are equipped by Poko Priests. The orbiters of the Plasma Majins.
  • Bad Future: The age 2000 in which Miira reigns
  • Bad Present: The age 1000 to Trunks, where factions such as The Red Pants Army and Naraka's Evil Namekians are trying to take over the world.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: All physical-type classes until the secondary classes are unlocked.
  • Beeware: In some circumstances it is possible to summon giant bee people dual wielding spears. Of course they try to kill you if you do.
  • Bishonen Line: Cell is a quintessential example but it's grown out of by the Time Breaker clone of him, Cell-X, who eventually becomes equally as monstrous as his initial form again in between escaping from the Time Breakers and being destroyed by the Time Patrol.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: Male majins are primordial blobs. Female majins are primordial blobs shaped like attractive humanoids. Justified because Buu created the first, Buuby, based on a character from a pornographic novel in-universe.
  • Black Mage: Spiritual-type classes in general, Wonder Majins in particular.
  • Blue Boy Pink Girl: Inverted with Majin Buu and Buuby. Also inverted with Dabura and Towa.
  • Brain Washing: The Time Breakers brainwashed Freeza's elite soldiers in the age 2000, including the supposed to be deceased Zarban and Dodoria. They've also done so to Bardock, The Ginyu Force and Gohan.
  • Can't Catch Up: Full blooded humans are still this, per the directors words.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Two of most powerful attacks in the game, appropriately belonging to the Crane Hermit master classnote , are cast from LP instead of EP. The Martial Artist class has access to a similarly-powerful attack that likewise costs LP.
  • Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": According to the Head Director, all humans in the game are saiyan hybrids directly descended from Goku and Vegeta.
  • Canis Major: The Time Breakers have giant cyborg attack dogs.
  • Carry a Big Stick\Simple Staff: Among the energy oriented classes, all members of the Namek Dragon Clan have staffs, Human Turtle Hermits can obtain rods, Grand Chef Majins have clubs.
  • Casual Time Travel: Provided you come across a time leak, you can easily go to the past and back to the future/present. Returning to the past afterwards is more difficult, as the leaks tend to patch up.
  • City Guards: Usually signified by carrying spears.
  • Clarke's Third Law: Towa's a scientist but some of the things she manages to accomplish seem more in the realm of magic.
  • Clone Army: Within an army no less. The Red Pants started cloning Buyon.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Usable by humans of the Crane Hermit class
  • Combat Medic: The Dragon Clan Namekians.
  • Cool Mask: The Karma Majin class are signified by masks
  • Cut Short: The servers were taken down before many of the plot elements were able to be revealed.
  • Dummied Out: There's evidence of a Saiyan/Human Hybrid Mechanic class in-game, along with Mech Maniac and Gun Maniac sub-classes, but as the data was far from the complete, and Netmarble ceased work on the game, its unlikely they'll come to fruition even in the Fan Remake.
  • Demoted to Extra: Several important characters like Yamcha, Chiaotzu, and Uub don't get one mention. Though their techniques are in the game, and the first two have Dogis available.
    • Also Full Blooded Humans, and Full Blooded saiyans who would not be playable at any point. Though some fullblooded saiyans like Bardock played a large role in the plot.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: New Namek and Yardrat were destroyed by Miira before the events of the game, which is why the inhabitants are now on Earth. Planet Burst is also a usable attack by the Pure Majin sub-class, although it doesn't actually destroy the world anymore.
  • Escort Mission: Occasionally, your character will have to deliver another somewhere on their back. Unlike most examples, they do not get in the way at all.
  • Explosive Breeder: The head director clarifies that humans in the future are actually saiyan hybrids due to directly descending from Goku and Vegeta. As only roughly 200 years have passed, they must've been really getting around... Also Majin Buu, but thats not surprising considering he's magical. On the other hand, all the player characters are time displaced, so it's not the only interpretation.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Look at the billboards on the way to the city. Even after two hundred years, they're still making movies about Mr. Satan. Two at once.
    • Written by the Winners: As revealed in Chronicles the majority of humans in the future have forgotten the Z-Fighters existence in favor of Mr. Satan.
  • Fighting Clown: Majins, especially the Karma Majin class.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: You, the "hero" of the game, start as a child displaced from an unknown period in time. The chief villains are from "the future".
  • Foreseeing My Death: According to the timeline, in Age 801 (17 years after the end of Z), Goku realized that he was dying of old age and left Earth with Vegeta for one final battle.
  • Fountain of Youth: The Kid Clock item allows a character to revert back to child form. This is the only way to get a Super Mode on a kid character.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Nameks lose the extra finger they were given on the show.
  • Free-Range Children: Your character starts out as a kid without so much as a send-off.
  • The Future: The main time period of the game is set 200 years after the end of the final Dragon Ball volume when Goku started training Uub.
  • Generation Xerox: Several examples.
    • The Paella gang members are identical to their ancestors, the Pilaf gang, right down to the whole wanting to take over the world and teaming up with a Big Bad who's way out of their league thing.
    • All Majins look similar to Buu, but that's a completely different problem. Played straight, however, with the Pure Majin Super Form, where you'll turn into an exact copy of Kid Buu whether you're male or not.
    • Similar with the saiyan hybrid characters who typically look like Goku.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: Which seem to be Saibaman variants of the age 1000.
  • Giant Spider: Some Saibaman variants have the body of a spider and arms coming out of their heads in place of fangs/mandibles
  • Heroic Lineage: All "Human" players are descended from Goku or Vegeta. Same with Maijin players and Fat Buu.
  • Heroic RROD: The Kaio-Ken rapidly drained HP. And had an advancing multiplier. The technique is truly dangerous when paired up with a competent White Mage, but An All Or Nothing Attack at all other times.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Bardock's not much of a hero but he uses the self explosion technique on Miira after shaking off the Time Breaker brainwashing.
  • Humans Are Warriors: Oh, hell to the yes. Aside from being in no small part thanks to Gohan's publishings as well as Krillin and Tien reinvigorating Martial Arts practices, Goku and Vegeta's bloodlines have spanned very far. Add in that one wish to Shenron can ignite the dormant Super Saiyan spark, and you have a race of Earthlings you do not want to screw around with.
  • In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous: Understandably, considering that you bump into characters from the series. Otherwise downplayed, as the main characters of the original comic are nowhere near as famous as Majin Buu and Mr. "Hercule" Satan. Piccolo and Dende are famous among Nameks.
  • Kamehame Hadouken: Several variations of the Trope Namer exist for human characters, and one exists for majin characters.
  • Ki Attack: Duh. It's Dragon Ball.
  • Kid from the Future: Time Patrol Trunks and the player character should he stumble through a leak.
  • Killer Space Monkey: Some Saibaman variants move on all fours and have tails, making them monkey like.
  • Large and In Charge: The last boss of the Red Pants Army base, Android 9, is very big, but has the body proportions of a short man, making him look pretty odd.
  • Live Item: How the game treats Escort Missions.
  • Lost Forever: As most of the data was on the server itself, it was thought to have been this until Revelations was announced.
  • Made of Evil: The Namek Naraka, was born from the evil of the Nameks who fled to Earth due to King Piccolo's lingering influence. Piccolo Junior isn't too fond of him.
  • Mecha-Mooks: Android 8000 and Android 19000, mass produced versions of Android 8 and Android 19 that are deployed by the Time Breakers, as well as Captain Bacterian's Pirate Robots. Android 8000 is a Degraded Boss and upgraded Mk II variants are later released. The Red Pants Army have mass produced versions of Android 16.
  • Magic Knight: The human's Swordsman class.
  • Magic Music: Can be used by the Ultimate Majin class
  • Mini Mook: Tiny Saibaman variants, mostly because of shorter limbs, which wield branches or wear spiky armor.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The Time Breakers, especially Miira, have a strange obsession with Goku even though he was neither the strongest of Earth's warriors at the time Dragon Ball Online was released nor was he directly responsible for Dabura's death.
  • "Mister Sandman" Sequence: When passing through time leaks, the camera will usually pan around a landmark such as Fry-pan Mountain that will let you know where and when you are.
  • Muggles: The majority of humans are still this in the future as revealed in Chronicles.
  • Not So Different: Towa ends up finding her spouse in almost the exact same way Majin Buu finds his.
  • Older Is Better: Each generation of Majins is weaker than the last, the current generation being as weak as humans. They can still increase their power through training though and can get help in this training from the first/second generation.
  • Only Six Faces: There are relatively few options for customization. Given the source material's style, however, that's really all you need.
  • Overnight Age-Up: You have the option of completing a quest at Level 30 to become an adult.
  • Pet Interface: You had the option of purchasing a pet that will float alongside and level up with the player character. The pets were later removed with a patch, but will be brought back in Revelations.
  • Petting Zoo People: The animal men who faded from prominence as the manga went on are back in force, making up about a fourth of the friendly NPC's and some serving as enemies.
  • Pirate: One of the Time Breakers is a pirate version of Bacterian
  • The Power of Friendship: Krillin revived the Turtle School with this basis, in order to compensate for the general lack of strength humans have alone compared to aliens. However, as all the player humans are saiyan hybrids descended from aliens, and the Turtle Hermit class was very underpowered, the message is kinda broken.
  • Puny Earthlings: Double Subverted. Humans are a main playable race and fend for themselves with superiror martial arts techniques. Then the Head Director clarified that the Humans were actually Saiyan Hybrids descended from Goku and Vegeta, while actual humans are still irrelevant when it comes to saving the world.
  • Player Versus Player: From time to time, players can compete against each other in the World Martial Arts Tournament.
  • Quest Giver: Potentially all NPCs.
  • Rat Stomp: Many of the quests are clearing x number of a specific kind of enemy.
  • Resurrection Sickness: Appears as a status ailment by name whenever your character respawns.
  • Robot Buddy: Hope!, who accompanies Trunks on time patrol missions.
  • Rubber-Band History: Granted, the player characters are usually have something to do with history snapping back after it is altered, and somewhat subverted as it's not our history.
  • Sea Monster: The Time Breakers turn the giant octopus Goku ate during the Red Ribbon army saga into a cyborg.
  • Skill Point Reset: The class masters in most settlements will allow you to reset your skills for a fee.
  • Snake People: Snake saibamen a little less so than most examples, as they lack limbs
  • Spikes of Villainy: Naraka's outfit includes spiked shoulder pads
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Subverted. Therapods and pterosaurs appear but are obviously different species than any confirmed. The Time Breakers have cyborg dinosaurs as attack animals.
  • Stone Wall: Namek classes excel in healing, defensive buff and speed. The Great Namek class further boosts defense, raises attack power but lowers speed, making them mighty glaciers.
  • Super Mode: It's based on Dragon Ball, so this is kind of a given. In addition to every race being able to use the Kaio-Ken technique, each race has its own unique Super Form that can be unlocked via a wish from the Dragon Balls.
  • Summon Magic: The Poko Priest class can lay eggs that hatch dragons to fight for you.
  • Team Pet: Available for purchase at some point through the game.
  • Timeline-Altering MacGuffin: The Big Bads recruit past villains and give them upgrades.
  • Time Machine: Trunk's upgraded Time Machine.
  • Time Master: Miira and Towa are masters of time.
  • Time Police: Time Patrol Trunks and you the player.
  • Time Travel: The main theme of the game.
  • The Minion Master: The Poko Priest class.
  • Truly Single Parent: The afformentioned Poko Priests in game.
    • And before the game's events, we have Buu, who made himself a wife from part of his own body. One love beam later, and the entire Majin race was spawned.
  • Turtle Power: Master Roshi's turtle still lives. There are also turtle saibamen, a step up from the bean/potato variants.
  • Updated Re-release: Revelations, while mostly being the same as the original, does contain some gameplay tweaks such as flying no longer costing AP, along with hints of adding Dummied Out content. The developers have even discussed the possibility of adding completely new content once the main game is active again.
  • Uneven Hybrid: All human characters are actually part-Saiyan, being descendants of either Goku or Vegeta.
  • Villain Team-Up: The Time Breakers with the Age 2000 Red Pants Army remnants.
  • Waddling Head: Potato Saibamen enemies.
  • Wayback Trip: Time leaks will often contain things not present in the original Dragon Ball events, like hostile giant lizards. In this case, it's safe to assume they did get there due to time travel, much like the player character, but its doubtful the Time Breakers caused such changes on purpose.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Commander Red was reconstructed as Android 9 before forming the Red Pants Army.
  • When Trees Attack: One of the larger enemies in the game are Saibaman trees
  • Wolverine Claws: Dark Warrior Namekians
  • Wolverine Publicity: Bardock got a lot of exposure.
  • White Mage: The Dende Priest class.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Due to the nature of time travel being changed, it's possible for the antagonists to make a mess of the timeline as they search for the genetic material of strong fighters. Luckily Trunks had already formed a Time Patrol to prevent the previous "problems" time travel caused.