Dragon Ball Multiverse is a Fan SequelWeb Comic set ten years after Dragon Ball Z (ignoringDragon Ball GT). Goku, Vegeta and their children are contacted by the Vargas, a race who discovered a way to travel through Alternate Universes and want to hold a tournament reuniting the strongest fighters of The Multiverse. The heroes, always looking for new challengers, naturally accept. The main appeal of the comic is the potential for Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny and What If? stories.Originally available in both French and English, but now it can be read in 24 different languages, most up to date. It is updated 3 times a week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). The website can be found here, but the story starts here.The many universes are numbered from 1 to 20, being called 'Universe 1' and so forth (our heroes come from Universe 18). For the sake of simplicity, it will be sometimes shortened to U[Number] (like "U16") and similar characters will be called U[Number] [Character name] (like "U13 Vegeta")Now has a character sheet.
Dragon Ball Multiverse provides examples of:
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Tidar's (from U19) God Blade which he used to effortlessly cut Uub's arm and the whole arena in a single swing. And that one pales in comparison with the Ultra armor used by his comrade Xeniloum; see Up to Eleven
Alas, Poor Villain: The first Cell Jr's death by his own father's hands. Especially after he had a Hope Spot of becoming more powerful.
Alternate Continuity: Though the comic has rarely touched upon some of the more interesting stories, presumably out of suspense. One arguable point is that the author has complaints about things that didn't make sense in the original story. Now, despite having alternate universes be the ultimate fan fiction tool, Universe 3 is strange. In this universe, Bardock gets his psychic powers in a different method and leads a successful rebellion against Frieza.
Alternate Universe: In total there are 20, each going down a different path in DBZ history (Goku becoming evil, the Namekians fusing to form a Super-Namekian, etc).
All There in the Manual: The official novelization and official fanfictions telling the story of U2, 14, and 16 reveals bits of information unavailable in the main comic. Presumably the most important of them will be revealed later in the main comic or in the specials. Too bad they were only available only in French. Recently though, there has been an attempt at creating an English novelization, and the prologue and several chapters have finally been translated.
Applied Phlebotinum: The fighters from U19 use "nano technology" and "chemicals" to fight to compensate for their lack of energy attacks.
So what exactly did the Vargas use to create shields that can withstand nuclear-like blasts and rooms that can shield spiritual energy?
Art Shift: The Specials are done by different artists, with different styles each.
There was an obvious shift in art as Gogeta left the project.
All Animals Are Dogs: Or cats, in this case. It's revealed in the novelization that the Vargas enjoy being scratched and will start purring.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: Chapter 27, for some reason, had unexpectedly some moments of this, such as calling the scouters "detectors", but it reached its top in page 593, where Yamcha's line "Enough, Tenshinhan, stopped!" could be found. It has since been corrected, although you can look how it was here.
Overall, the comic is perfectly readable, but it is very obvious that the authors aren't native English speakers.
Dabura reappears many chapters after last being seen, having been healed by Majin Buu offscreen after offering him some candy, the same candy Majin Buu had conjured during the lunch break too.
Butt Monkey: Frieza. He gets humiliated and killed in Universes 3 and 7 (and it's obvious the same thing will happen in others, like U13), it's been hinted that even in the one where he won he had some troubles, and it already seems that he will be defeated by U18 Goku without having landed a single hit on an opponent. Even Nappa manages to mock him.
To a much lesser extent, Dabura. He spends many chapters weakly asking to be healed before actually being healed.
Canon Immigrant: Even though the authors are not fans of Dragon Ball GT, U18 Bra is clearly the non-fighting, typical teenager GT incarnation. She even wears the same outfit.
Word on this is that one of the authors liked her character even though she's from in their minds a bad series.
Cerebus Syndrome: Chapter 6. Prior to then, all fights either ended with knockouts or fairly minor deaths and there was quite a lot of humor. In Chapter 6, U6 Bojack kills U16 Pan by breaking her neck with his bare hands while she was in Super Saiyan form. The official novelization of the chapter's events has the U18 fighters fully realize they need to take these fights much more seriously afterwards.
Continuity Nod: The Multiverse aspect, especially for changed or alternate versions of the established DBZ cast, allows for callbacks or pokes to aspects of the series.
The movies have been rewritten to fit within DBZ history. More irritatingly, aspects like Bardock's visions and the Tuffles were rewritten or removed from some universes.
U18 [read: Manga] Vegeta versus his Planet Vegeta native counterpart. Even turning into the Oozaru didn't help the poor guy.
U8 Cooler vs. U12 Future Trunks. Cooler takes his defeat hard. Part of this may have been Trunks saying that he wasn't worth killing.
The worst part is that, had he actually fought the Trunks that killed Frieza and Cold in Universe 18, Cooler would be more than powerful enough to beat him... but he had the misfortune of fighting the Trunks who had become so strong that he could effortlessly defeat Imperfect Cell and the androids.
U18 Goku vs U10 Massato and U13 Kakarot vs U6 Kat.
Subverted with Gast, while many expected this to be a curbstomp battle, but the battle begins with Gast hitting the floor.
Doubly subverted when Gast faces Frieza, at first its more-or-less a curbstomp battle for Gast, because Gast stomps Frieza's first form, then loses to the second. When they fight again, Gast stomps every last one of Frieza's forms.
Universe 18 (main) Goku vs Android 17. One-Hit KO!
U17 Cell vs U6 Bojack. Bojack's only attack that even works is his Energy Bonds, and Cell easily escapes and kills him.
When Zen Buu decides to take control of everything, and start giving everyone trouble (plus Vegetto is nowhere to be found), Gast causally stands there, tells him to stop, and then uses his psychic powers to suck every little bit of Zen Buu into a ball, completely trapping him and leaving him virtually powerless.
He also implied that it happened to himself at one point in time, but that he recovered.
Death Is Cheap: The Vargas race who run the tournament promise that any casualties will be revived by a random universes' Namekian Dragon Balls. Having the fighters unrestrained helps put on a good show.
The specification of using Namekian Dragon Balls implies that Earth doesn't have a set in every reality.
Doesn't stop the deaths of Tidar, Pan, and Syd from causing misery to their teammates.
On a more humorous note, Dabura manages to survive a giant fucking hole in his chest far longer than should be possible.
Deus Exit Machina: The Vargas could have sent every particle of Universe 20 back in an instant if U4 Buu didn't sabotage the machines.
Dissonant Serenity: After being thwarted in absorbing Broly, U4 Buu returns to the arena pissed off, and looks like he's about to kill Vegitto, Bra, and Gohan (and probably would, considering how weakened they are) and then... calmly congratulates them, thanks them for a fun fight, wishes them luck, and walks back to his booth. It comes off as incredibly creepy and foreboding.
Earth Is The Centre Of The Universe: It's so subtle that it can be missed, but it's there. When the Vargas arrive to Universe 18, the very first thing they do is checking Earth. The reason? It seems to be a magnet for the most powerful warriors across many different universes. Six different universes (3, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 18) had at least one of its members coming from Earth.
Evil Versus Evil: Some potential matches, particularly Cell vs Dabura Winner is Cell and U13 Nappa vs Frieza Winner is Frieza, but not without being one-upped by Nappa so far. There's also upcoming matches - U13 Vegeta vs Dr. Raichi, and Cell vs Bojack Cell kills Bojack and wins.
Explosive Decompression: Unfortunately invoked during Chapter 16. After killing the rest of the Z-Fighters, Cell nabs Krillin and drags him into outer space. Once there, Krillin's brain and lungs explode almost immediately.
The explosive properties are debatable though. He doesn't burst open, we just see blood coming out of his mouth and nose, which actually is entirely possible in the vacuum of space, especially given that Krillin was fairly wounded already. Though, given that it is a comic and thus no movement, it's impossible to tell if this trope applies or not.
Face Palm: Cell when his Cell Junior risks disqualification after punching his opponent without touching the ring.
Fan Nickname: "Zen Buu" for Buu from U4. It's a Japanesepun on the word 'zenbu', meaning 'altogether' or 'entire', but still applies to the character since Zen Buu - having absorbed "everyone with a power" in his universe - has an eerily calm persona.
Fan Remake: Two of the specials are a remake of the two movies Broly appeared, so it can fit in the chronology.
The first of the two chapters about U3 can be seen as this too (in this case, a remake of the Bardock TV special).
Faux Affably Evil: U4 Buu. Even as he's absorbing the entire stadium, he doesn't fail to crack a few jokes, but it's clear from, well, the fact that he's absorbing the entire stadium shows that he has no remorse or desire to hold back.
Filler: Despite giving the backstories of many universes, the Special Chapters in general get a lot of flack for NOT being about the tournament. To add fuel to the fire, are often the varied art styles different from the tournament chapters.
Some pages of chapter 24 have been accused of this. What's worst, many feel that those pages would have been better spent on the extremely short 17 vs Goku fight.
Hot Mom: Chapter 20 shows what Goku and Raditz's mother could've looked like, in U3 at least. Hanasia also doubles as an Action Mom, who was apparently the strongest adult Saiyan at the time of Goku's birth, even being the one tasked to break into Freeza's ship, and transforms into an Oozaru from the inside to total it. She doesn't take shit from her husband, either, following the school of thought that a Saiyan isn't necessarily born strong, unlike Bardock, who immediately deems his sons failures for being born with low power levels.
How We Got Here: The first 10 pages are placed in the gap between chapter 9 and 11 (10 is a special). They also work as a trailer.
I Am A Humanitarian: U13 Kakarot as he comments "Yum, tender flesh..." before biting U13 Yamcha's arm.
Lethal Joke Character: Universe 2 appears to consist solely of this character type. Zen Buu's comment suggests that some of them can subconsciously alter reality to make the universe obey Rule of Funny.
Loophole Abuse: Only two people can enter the arena at a time. Keyword being enter. Meaning that Goten and Trunks can get away with fusing as Gotenks, entering the arena, and eventually defusing and competing as two people cause hey, only one actually entered the arena. Which happened with two incarnations of Gotenks. This also accidentally happened to U9 Videl when her Z Sword broke and released the old Kai in it. Since he came from the sword he was ruled an ally and allowed to stay in the arena.
Moral Dissonance: The Kaioshin's rather direct way of dealing with upcoming dangers, like killing Frieza and Cooler when they were children and Broly when he was an infant, in the Universe 1/10 Special was noted to be too violent by fans.
Mr. Exposition: Piccolo offers a lot of information on the battles while watching from the sidelines.
The South Kaioshin fills that role for a while during his fight against Majin Buu.
The Multiverse: The opening few comics imply that the Multiverse is infinite and that the numbers assigned to the various realities are for the sake of the tournament alone.
DBZ:M actually goes against tradition by having the "canon" universe receive a moniker other than "One" or "Prime".
Luckily, Tenshinhan looked like Buddha. Guess who eventually defeated the Monkey King in Journey to the West?
During U18 Pan's fight with U13 Kakorot, a gag occurs that goes back to the original series. When Kakorot grabs Pan so she can't use the Kamehameha, she simply directs it out of her feet - something only done before with Goku during the 23rd Budokai Tenkaichi.
Poke the Poodle: Beelzebub, when up against Piccolo, tells him that he is a mere Namekian, while he himself is a true demon. One of Beel's dastardly demonic deeds was not sharing chocolates with his friends, and eating them before dinner!
Powered Armor: The Heliorians from U19 use them to compensate their lack of ki abilities, and they are INCREDIBLY effective.
Precision F-Strike: U13 Raditz makes one during his fight against U3 Bardock, when Bardock becomes a Super Saiyan:
U13 Raditz: Oh fuck... that's so unfair!
Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Gast Carcolh to Frieza: "He who lives by the sword... will perish by the sword!"
Rule of Cool: Broly was found unconscious and transformed (powered-up) at the same time, which does not happen in DBZ. The authors stated they did that for the coolness, and the readers didn't approve.
Running Gag: Even when he's got the outcome of the match wrapped around his finger, Yamcha cannot get past the preliminaries of a tournament.
"Ugghh... Heal me!"
Saiyans Can Breathe In Space: Subverted by Vegetto, Bra, and Gohan, who have to hold their breaths and use their ki to protect themselves from the vacuum of space. Played straight by Majin Buu.
Completely averted by Krillin in the Cell special. Gross.
Serial Escalation: Super Saiyan 2 Vegetto, followed quickly by Super Saiyan 3 Vegetto and his colossal "Final Dragon Shine" finishing move. He became so strong his mass increased to roughly that of a moon. And even that didn't kill Broly!
Super Saiyan 3 Vegetto really, isn't it is known that Goku has access to the Super Saiyan 3 form, so when you take a Goku and a Vegeta and put them together , it makes sense that the result of course would have access to the form. The anime and manga didn't go far enough to necessitate Vegetto even needing those forms.
Something more interesting might be how the Vargas constructed a room that completely blocks out Ki signatures, allowing Cell to produce a second, stronger Cell Junior while murdering his previous one in cold blood. Although this may count as Crazy-Prepared.
They also constructed energy shields that can withstand energy blasts from Broly and Cooler.
The U19 fighters claim that, in their war armor, any one of them could kill Broly with one strike. While it's never revealed if this was quite accurate, it's clear they aren't bluffing: only 1% of Broly's murderous rampage penetrated the energy shield that's protecting the spectators. Xeniloum's Z-slash, however, went through 100%... and he didn't seem to be even trying. The Vargas are naturally freaked out.
Small Name, Big Ego: Salagir is known to be quite rude and condescending to his fans. He also considers the official, author approved Dragon Ball encyclopedias to be garbage, saying that his own opinions are more logical and well constructed, and therefore more valid.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: As the different universes were progressively being revealed, there was surprise, but not an agreement about the unofficial name for U3 (such as U13 being "the Super Saiyans universe"). That is, until Bardock appeared. U3 is now essentially "Bardock's universe with those two guys from the OVAs".
The Saiyan/Vegetable theme naming continues with Hanasia (some sort of aloe), Mahissu (maize, as in corn), Romanesco (a kind of cauliflower) and Gerkin (like the pickle).
The Namekian/Snail themes continue with (Es)Cargot, Lumaca (Italian for "slug"), and Gast Carcolh (the former name brings to mind "gastropod", the latter a French mollusk beast).
Also (overlapping with Sdrawkcab Name in many cases), the Heliorites from U19 are named after different brands of electrical appliances: Eleim (Miele), Xeniloum (Moulinex), Tidar (Radit), Naurb (Braun), Phipsil (Philips), Magsuns (Samsung), Loopwhirl (Whirlpool) and Nedwook (Kenwood).
They Killed Kenny: Strangely, despite his acceptable survival rate in the original series, Gohan is starting to become this, due to all the times he gets ruthlessly killed in the specials. Not to mention Bardock's vision in Chapter 19 of a Vegetto that has attacked and might have killed Gohan.
Frieza is becoming this too, for similar reasons.
Took a Level in Badass: And how. A ton of characters in various universes have improved in both skill and power over their U18 counterparts. To form a list:
U3 Bardock, who keeps the future sight, has gone Super Saiyan, and has become older and wiser, and even took the Saiyan throne from Vegeta.
U4 Zen Buu, basically a Super Buu who managed to absorb everyone with a power in his universe.
U6's Bojack Gang, who actually defeated the Z-Fighters. And, without said Z-Fighters to stop him in his inevitable second coming, they may have actually defeated Broly as well, though the fact that Broly hasn't slaughtered them may simply be a plot-hole.
U7's Gast Carcolh... Who is basically the entire Namekian race fused with Nail, who defeated Freeza, Cell and Majin Buu in his universe.
U8's King Cold. In U18, he begged for his life like a coward when Trunks turned up. This time, despite knowing that he's outmatched by many fighters, he goes up to his true form anyway, which, had U18's version used in his fight with Trunks, would've allowed him to defeat him and Goku.
Nearly everyone in U9. Yamcha is an android, Tien easily defeats Sun Wukong, and Videl not only has the Z-Sword, she can use the Kaio-Ken and actually give King Cold a good fight in his intermediate form.
U10 shows off what Nail would be capable of had he actually helped fight the Ginyu Force on Namek - let's put this into perspective, this Nail could've defeated Recoome, who Vegeta couldn't defeat back then. Yes, Nail has been listed twice, but he is pretty awesome.
Future Trunks, from U12, actually managed to give his U18 father (who is a Super Saiyan 2, just to note) a good fight, despite not being quite up to his level in power.
U13 Nappa and Raditz, the latter of whom has a technique allowing him to become an Oozaru at will without a full moon (fake or otherwise), and in such a form actually managed to put up quite a fight against the U3 version of his father. Same with Nappa, who, while he can't quite keep up with his Super Saiyan comrades either, manages tomock the hell out of Freeza.
U16 has a couple - Vegito was ridiculously powerful in U18, sure, but here we see the true extent of his power against Broly, and it is awe-inspiring. Bra, being his daughter, isn't the girly-girl like her U18 counterpart (which is lampshaded in a side-comic), and is ridiculously powerful in her own right, even if she does have some serious anger issues.
U17 Cell, who defeated Gohan in their final clash, and slaughtered the Z-Fighters easily, and likely went on to kill the Bojack Gang and Majin Buu as well. And, much like U6's Bojack Gang, may have actually managed to kill Broly when the latter arrived on Earth (or this could simply be a plot-hole as well).
Tournament Arc: So far, the whole comic (excluding the special chapters).
Tranquil Fury: Son Gohan. Especially when his daughter is killed and he can't do a thing about it.
Transformation Is a Free Action: Subverted with Frieza in U3, where Saiyans manage to kill him because he was midtransformation at the time. Also, U18 King Cold would've won if Trunks hadn't killed him before he could even transform into his third form.
Trapped In Villainy: The novelization implies this is pretty much the only reason why Bujin still hangs out with Bokack.
Unpleasable Fanbase: Slightly justified, but read the comments of Chapters 16-18. Some may argue that the comments are the best part of the webcomic.
At this point, the DBM community consists of: GT-hating fanatics, power level arguments, and the occasional "stop arguing" or "DBM is poorly-written" crowd. We are very disagreeable. Ironically, talking about anything else is almost taboo.
Unstoppable Rage: As implied by the title, Zangya is on the recieving side on one from Son Bra. All it took was one air pressure attack, and Zangya was already dead.
Unusable Enemy Equipment: The Heliorian Ultra armor only works if synchronized with its rightful owner's brain waves. Will U4 Buu find a way to bypass that security measure?
Villain Ball: Babidi forcing Dabura to give his energy to Buu's cocoon before he has defeated Future Gohan.
Villainous Breakdown: U4 Zen Buu goes berserk when Vegetto is eliminated from the tournament by XXI's magic and XXI refuses a rematch.
We Have Reserves: Bojack's gang was composed of twenty-seven members when it was formed, according to Bujin; according to the novelization, this is the reason why there were only five members left when they met the Z-Warriors.
Wham Episode: Chapter 19 IN SPADES. King Cold transforms into his never seen third form, and a few pages later into his fourth form. U9 Videl is seen using the Kaioken. Her sword broke, setting free the U9 Old Kai. The mysterious shadow in U3 that had appeared several chapters earlier is revealed as Dr. Raichi... Only to immediately appear yet another unknown shadow in U3... And a few pages later, it's revealed that there's ''even another'' unseen new character at U3, U3 Bardock, who can even turn Super Saiyan. And, when everyone thought the chapter had long reached its top, Bardock has a vision of a Not Himself Vegetto attacking Gohan and Piccolo screaming that all universes are now in danger, which is then followed up on the next page with Buu in a much less solid state yelling out "This Masquerade ends now!", Frieza revealing that Ginyu might have an important part to play, Goku allying with a Cell Jr. and the Super Namek speaking! HOLY SHIT. The chapter title could not be so accurate.
In a much smaller degree, the U7 Special has an in-universe example, when Krillin, Bulma, and Gohan arrive on Namek... their very first encounter with a Namekian is... this.
Chapter 33. Vegetto finally squares off against XXI ... which ends in an epic anticlimax. This angers Vegetto enough that he nearly disqualifies himself. It angers Buu enough that he reveals he's been manipulating everyone the entire time and then he TRIES TO ABSORB EVERYONE IN THE STADIUM.
What If?: The basis of all the other universes, sans Universe 18.
Whole Episode Flash Back: Certain chapters retell the origins of various universes. Chapters 8 and 12 retell the Broly stories, Chapter 10 has U12 Trunks reviving Android 16, Chapter 14, 16, and 18 showcase Universes 16, 17, and 6, respectively, and Chapters 20-21 tell the beginnings of Universe 3.
Wolverine Publicity: Chapter 25 was announced as Bibidi's special, even though he only appears during the first part of the special and the Kaioshins have much more time.
You Have Failed Me: Babidi does this to Dabura (it gave us a couple of funny moments, though), and Frieza did this to Ginyu in the U8 backstory.