YMMV: Dragonball GT

  • Archive Panic: Combined with the other two shows, there's 508 episodes. Each episode being about 20 minutes long, that's 170 hours of content.
  • Awesome Music: While the series theme isn't even vaguely fitting, it's still a fantastic song.
  • Bizarro Episode: When Kaioshin drops Goku in Sugoroku Space. One minute Goku is in a fight for the Earth... And then he's playing some crazy board game.
  • Broken Base: The ending. Its fans call it the best part of the show, a Tear Jerker that wraps up the whole series on a bittersweet but triumphant note. Its detractors, with equal conviction, call it the worst part of the show, arguing that it doesn't make a ton of sense and doesn't let Goku get the happy ending with his family he deserves after all the hardships he's endured.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Dragon Ball Super, like so many fanfics before it, proceeds under the assumption that GT won't happen, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse has more-or-less sectioned it off as its own Alternate Universe.
  • Contested Sequel: For many Dragon Ball fans. It does have its strengths, such as better pacing when compared with Z's frequent Arc Fatigue, explosive and intense fight scenes, and even its detractors will admit that it has some genuinely good ideas for continuing the series. But on the other hand, every character not named Goku is completely irrelevant to the fights, every character not named Goku, Pan, or, to a much lesser extent, Trunks, may as well not bother showing up for all the screentime they get, and those ideas were not always well-served by the actual storytelling.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Sixinglong/Nuova Shenron. Fan demand even got him added to Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (his alternate outfit uses the colour scheme of his brother, Sanxinglong/Eis Shenron).
    • Yixinglong/Omega Shenron. Go look up silly, out-of-context GT video clips on YouTube. A good chunk of them involve Omega Shenron in some way shape or form. Not to mention his frequent inclusion in video games, even ones that otherwise exclude GT characters.
    • Bra/Bulla, for getting Vegeta to shave off that controversial mustache.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Serious Business among many fans. The Dragon Ball sequel fanfics that ignore GT completely are uncountable.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Piccolo's death scene. It Makes Sense in Context.
    • Goku and Krillin's conversation in the last episode, even more of a Heartwarming moment with the Japanese music.
    • Baby Vegeta making Bulma his queen, in it's own creepy way...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In the episode where Earth is evacuated Goten talks with a delinquent voiced by Chris Sabat. Funimation was referencing YuYu Hakusho with both characters being voiced by YuYu Hakusho actors.
    • In the English dubs from Z, they made up a line in which Vegeta joked that he got stronger by doing push ups and drinking milk or juice. In the Blue Water dub of GT, Goku claims the reason for his strength is doing several push ups so now we know the difference between the two fighters.
    • The meme of Base Kid Goku being more powerful than any previous Super Saiyan looks downright funny now that Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods and Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ had Goku absorb the power of a God and master it to the point that his base form is now far more powerful that he ever was as a Super Saiyan 3 or 4. Really, it could help explain it.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Years after the series has ended, the most iconic element of the series to really stick out for the franchise as a whole was the Super Saiyan 4 form. Especially with all the hypothetical fan art on further evolutions based on this idea, it helps that the "Super Saiyan God" form is essentially much less impressive to look at
  • Memetic Badass:
    • GT's infamous issues with consistent power levels combined with Goku defeating major villains more easily in his base form while having more trouble with them in any of his various Super Saiyan forms crated the idea of Base Kid Goku being more powerful than anyone else in the franchise.
    • The fact that an elderly Krillin was able to land a hit on Goku during their friendly fight at the end of GT (Goku was obviously not fighting at full power) has prompted a meme that Old Man Krillin is the biggest Badass ever who could defeat anyone with ease.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Baby attacking his own mind controlled citizens for fun and trying to destroy the Earth simply because he knows it'd hurt Goku. And even mind-controlled they weren't willing to die for Baby's cause; they were crying and shivering with fear.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: In a meta-sense, it was used deliberately by FUNimation when marketing the series in North America. At first, they started their releases with the 17th episode and made their own recap of the first 16 ("A Grand Problem"), ostensibly to jump straight into the more action-oriented part of the series. The heat they took from the fanboys was intense. Once the first 16 episodes were being put out as "Lost Episodes", however, the goal they'd had all along became apparent: to generate demand for the less-appreciated earlier episodes through fan outrage. Mission accomplished.
  • Recycled Script:
    • The Super 17 saga and the villains escaping from hell was literally a retake on the Dragon Ball Z movie Fusion Reborn.
    • The story of Zoonama, a minor villain from episodes 7 and 8, is a repeat of Oolong's origin story from the original Dragon Ball with the sole exception that, unlike Oolong, Zoonama does not become a recurring character.
    • The lead up to Baby was recycled almost entirely from a 1993 video game, Dragon Ball Z Gaiden: Saiyajin Zetsumetsu Keikaku, about an evil alien scientist with a vendetta against the Saiyans for killing the Tuffles who created a fearsome monster to destroy the remaining Saiyans.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Old lady Pan from episode 64 and the TV special, due to having out-grown her whininess.
    • Bra also goes from annoying young girl to awesome just on the strength of her getting Vegeta to shave off that stupid moustache.
  • Scapegoat Creator: In an odd reversal, many detractors of the series point to Akira Toriyama's lack of involvement in the show's creative process. In reality, he was involved to a degree (he named the series, drew the logo, acted as a consultant for plot ideas, and designed the aged characters. So, yes, Toriyama was the one who gave Vegeta a flat-top and mustache), and going further than that, he's stated several times he's actually a big fan of the series. He even doodled a sketch of Super Saiyan 4 Goku on the side of his blurb for the GT Dragon Box. Think about that for a second: the creator of Dragon Ball drew fanart of someone else's transformation made for one of his characters.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The general perception of Pan by the more critical side of the fanbase. She is reviled by several fans for acting spoiled and immature, and not being as powerful as other more popular main characters, yet surpassing everyone except for Goku in relevance and screen time in this series. The latter part is especially relevant as she is not the first "spoiled and immature good guy" character in Dragon Ball history, even when accounting for other female characters and GT itself, yet her upscale in prominence while everyone else was seemingly worfed and her treatment as The Heart of the family draws more attention to these weaknesses to the point she's seen as a symbol for many a critic's issues with GT overall.
    • Giru gets this by association, since his main purpose is to be Pan's easily-beratable Robot Buddy.note 
  • So Okay, It's Average: Now that the dust has mostly settled, most fans seem to view GT as having few very good ideas that were poorly executed and overshadowed by some of the less savory decisions and designs.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The last episode.
    • 18's reaction after Krillin gets one-shotted by 17. Note that this is the only time in the entire series she ever says out loud (onscreen) that she loves him, and she's sobbing it as he lays dead in her arms. And then again, when it looks like she's dying as well.
    • Eyes got a little misty when Piccolo told Gohan goodbye before the Earth was destroyed with him on it.
    • Pan breaking down and begging her parents to shake off the brainwashing. Seeing Videl kick her out of the sky and Gohan about to blast her head off is horrible.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Uub had the biggest potential out of the entire cast, even fusing with Buu to again become one super-powered being, and he became complete Cannon Fodder in every fight in the series.
    • You got two female Saiyans (Pan and Bra) on the show, and yet they hardly even got to fight, let alone go Super Saiyan. And while Pan's actually got screentime, it completely fails to properly develop her beyond being a somewhat flat Bratty Half-Pint before the Distant Finale.
    • Gohan. The single most powerful character in DBZ was downgraded to the point where he never got to reach the fourth level of Super Saiyan, ended up with full power not even comparable to Goku's base form, and got completely Demoted to Extra, first becoming a mid-level mook for Baby, before lasting about five seconds total against both Super 17 and Omega Shenron. And he didn't get a lot of character moments either.
    • Goten and Trunks. Characters with remarkable potential far exceeding their fathers became nothing more than a bunch of batteries to give them power ups, and they don't even get to form a mature Gotenks when the situation requires it. At least Trunks got a character arc.
    • Eventually the trope swept away every character not named Goku. Even Vegeta is just there to get Worf'd and occasionally do the Fusion Dance.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • There are lots of good ideas for epic story arcs, like a Tuffle experiment trying to avenge their race by taking over Earthlings to convert them into its own kind, including strange Tuffle variations on the Super Saiyan forms, a new form of the Great Ape based on the Super Saiyan transformation and a new form of Super Saiyan based on the Great Ape form, the return of every previous villain in the series as they jailbreak hell, including a souped-up super android created as an instrument of Gero's vengeance from beyond the grave, and fighting evil manifestations of a negative Shenron while finally having consequences for overusing the Dragonballs to provide a Reset Button in previous stories. Unfortunately, due to wasted characters, poor characterization, and iffy plotting, few of them live up to their full potential
  • Villain Decay: Freeza and Cell in the Super 17 arc. Could perhaps overlap with Villain Forgot to Level Grind, but Goku had been shrunken to child size and didn't even bother using his Super Mode. In the Latin American dub, they claimed they had grinded, but it was just not enough.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: FUNimation somehow managed to get Peter Mayhew, the actor best known for portraying Chewbacca, into voicing a character for the English dub of the TV special.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Trunks' outfit, consisting of a black turtleneck, gray sportscoat, blue bandana, and khaki shorts. IGN in particular criticized his new design as overly goofy.