YMMV: Dragon Ball Z Abridged

  • Acceptable Targets: Every single elderly character is hilariously unpleasant. Except possibly Kami.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Lampshaded by Piccolo in DBZ Kai Abridged Episode 1.
    Piccolo: I'm here to help you.
    Goku: Aren't we enemies?
    Piccolo: Nobody watched Dragon Ball. Let's go!
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Nappa really evil, is he just too stupid to know right from wrong?
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Kid Vegeta just lost his planet, his entire race... and his father, but Nappa, in his wisdom, is taking him to Dairy Queen. Vegeta agrees, if only just to get Nappa to shut up.
    • Then there's Gohan, who seemed generally okay about his dad never being around... at first, but it's become clear over time that he might not be quite so well-adjusted after all.
    Gohan: I'm beginning to think I have issues.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Garlic Jr, despite his build up for his arc, is killed immediately by Mr. Popo without any effort.
  • Awesome Ego: Vegeta's heart is pure, unadulterated badass. Well, so he claims - he went Super Saiyan by throwing a temper tantrum.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Both their rendition of "I'll Make A Man Out of You," and Ghost Nappa's theme song.
    • If you hit Burter's dead body hard enough, you can play a song. Vegeta plays the Tetris theme.
    • The "Rockin' It Out" Fan Vid, which features Goku and Vegeta in an epic guitar duel.
    • Bardock - The Father of Goku Abridged featured both "Dare" and "The Touch" from Transformers: The Movie. Bardock even uses Prime's legendary "__ must be stopped, no matter the cost!" right before The Touch starts. Awesome Music indeed.
    • Nappa singing "Killing in the Name" for the Christmas album.
    • Vegeta singing "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Dragonballs."
    • It may have been short, but Nappa's rendition of KISS's Detroit Rock City was still awesome.
    • Freeza's ringtone is glorious.
    • "Yamcha the Scarfaced Bandit," which plays during Yamcha's fight with S.N.O.W. Man., who plays the song for fighting music.
    • Goku makes his entrance on Namek to Hulk Hogan's theme. The sheer awesomesomeness made many a head explode.
    • Piccolo's arrival to the fight against Freeza is made even more Badass when framed by "Battle With Magus" from Chrono Trigger Resurrection.
    • Piccolo's arrival to the fight against Lord Slug is made even more Badass when framed by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's theme, "Glass Shatters".
    • Nappa's short rendition of "Stupify" at the end of Lord Slug.
    • Cat loves food, ye-yeah, yeah yeah!
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Goku naming, and subsequently mourning over a bird in Cooler's Revenge. Its only purpose is to serve as a Deus ex Machina to make Goku go Super Saiyan, and the attention that this particular detail is given feels out of place when compared to the rest of the special. Returns as a Crowning Moment of Awesome in episode 40, where it's revealed that the bird may ACTUALLY have taught a dinosaur to ride a ball.
    • Episode of Bardock seems to be a Big Lipped Alligator Moment in universe.
    • The ending of episode 12 where not only Krillin wonder whether he is in a dream and got scared by Popo, but also a live-action sequence of KaiserNeko being frightened of Popo. This is never referenced again in the next episode.
    • Episode 27, when Goku starts singing "Row, Row Your Boat", which King Kai and Tien of all people spontaneously join in for no reason. When Yamcha was about to do so as well, Goku just blasts opens the healing pod and goes after Freeza, not even referencing it again.
    • Goku's dream about being a pirate and a ninja in Episode 44. Not that that's a bad thing...
  • Broken Base: On the Team Four Star forums, do not bring up future appearances or reincarnations of Ghost!Nappa. This is the best way to ask for a flame war. Which is now foregone given that Nappa is alive, so suggestions of him being a ghost just make it seem like people want him dead again.
    • The Garlic Saga looks to be this as Garlic is assimilated into Mr. Popo before he could do anything.
      • Some are fine with it since they didn't want to see that particular filler arc dragged out, others felt there was plenty to make fun of in it and potential was lost.
  • Crack Pairing: Intentionally with Bulma and Vegeta, to make fun of what an unlikely pairing they were in the original.
  • Creepy Awesome: Freeza, Cell, and Mr.Popo.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The Christmas Tree of Might special is especially full of this, between all the rape/molestation jokes (three words: "I raped Rudolph," and Krillin saying the only mall Santas worse than Slay are the ones that molest kids, with Slay replying that that makes him the worst mall Santa).
    • Goku trying to wake his son after Recoome has snapped his neck with a kick:
      Maybe if I shake him some more?
    • Freeza effortlessly tearing off Nail's arm is scary. Freeza letting Nail grow it back and then doing it again, with a cheerful "Yoink!" is hilarious.
    • Freeza impaling Krillin (and raising Krillin's "Owned Count" to 15). At first, it's gruesome. Then it gets funny when it hits 20 and Freeza begins getting one-up points from it.
      Gohan: Krillin, stop, you're making him stronger!
      Krillin: I... CAN'T... HELP... IT!! GAH!!
    • Freeza taking on Vegeta does this rather frequently.
      Freeza: Kidneypunch, kidneypunch, kidneypunch, kidneypunch, and pause... kidneypunch!
    • Freeza desperately trying to keep his organs inside of his body after getting cut in half. Crosses even further when Goku unleashes a Hurricane of Puns.
    • Krillin's Chiaotzu impression before he gets blown up by Freeza in a deleted scene.
      Krillin: Goodbye Tien!
    • The Yamcha from Trunks' timeline hanged himself, which is either this or Dude, Not Funny!. Also Bulma and Vegeta having audible sex later in the same episode. Especially the aftermath.
      • Even better, the alternate take reveals that TFS originally had it so Future Yamcha used Future Puar as the rope!
    • Chichi reading the disclaimer while Goku is screaming in agony in the background.
    • Cell coughing up a pacifier is horrifying. Complaining about how embarrassing that is and that it came out of the wrong hole is hilarious.
    • Making an abortion joke out of killing Baby!Cell, then having Krillin brag about it.
    • This exchange with 18 after she plants a kiss on Krillin's cheek:
    17: If you wanted to piss off Mom and Dad, why didn't you just date a black guy?
    18: Oh my god...
    17: Oh, that's right. They're dead.
    18: Oh my GOD!
  • Cry for the Devil: Cooler's sibling rivalry with Freeza. Even Goku can't help but to pause their fight to show him pity for how his father treated him.
  • Designated Hero: Vegeta's status as this in his fight with Android 18 is perfectly lampshaded. First we have this brilliant gem.
    (The Z-Fighters are flying to the scene of the battle.)
    Future Trunks (thinking): "I can't believe he's taking them on alone! He has no idea what kind of destructive force they pack! The Androids are humanity's greatest threat!"
    (Cue the part of the battle that happens on a freeway, where Vegeta's haphazard attacks on 18 result in multiple cars being blown up and everyone inside them likely dead.)
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Downplayed; Nappa still does what he did in canon, but unlike his canon version, he seems to be completely unaware of what he's doing is bad, and is Played for Laughs.
  • Dude, Not Funny!:
    • King Kai looks back on the death of Bardock and laughs like it's the funniest thing in the world, all the while Goku is standing in front of him, totally oblivious to King Kai's Jerkass tendencies
    • Vegeta, as an Oozaru, makes a Christopher Reeve joke while crushing Goku's legs. Goku even calls him out on it.
    • The Too Soon running gag. Thankfully Team Four Star realized this and stopped using it.
    • The opening scene for episode 30:
    Narrator: Last time on Dragonball Z Abridged
    (Cut to Krillin screaming in terror before being blown up, followed by Gohan and Goku's horrified expressions)
    • Yamcha of Trunks' timeline hanging himself. Made much, much worse in an alternate take where he uses Puar as the rope.
    • Both an in-universe and out-of-universe example when Vegeta called Android 18 a "smug c%#!". Everyone present is pretty shocked. At that point, you'd really start rooting for 18 in the following smack-down, because even without that, Vegeta was just asking for it.
    • Chi-Chi showing no sympathy for Goku's heart virus, only caring that he is home for once.
    • The set-up to the abortion joke between Trunks and Krillin in Episode 44, bar none, though thankfully the punchline negates it for the most part.
    • Pretty much nearly all of Episode 44. While there was a lot of Black Comedy, some felt that it was way too dark and the scenes where Cell was attacking the town, way too long.
  • Ear Worm: See the Crowning Music of Awesome section above.
    • Not a song, but after watching Cooler 2, you'll have a lot of trouble getting "beep" out of your head.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Nappa. It says a lot about the popularity of the character that they're bringing him around post mortem (and then back to life, though out of the way) solely because of how much he pisses off Vegeta. Lampshaded in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged with this quote:
    Nappa: I am hilarious and you will quote everything I say.
    • Mr. Popo as well.
    • Dodoria, or at least his/her portrayal as an Faux Affably Evil Good Ol' Boy, seems to be getting remarkably popular for such a relatively minor character.
    • Zarbon eventually fell under this category, especially after what Episode 17 did to him. He even does the disclaimer opening!
    • Then there's the Ginyu Force. Team Four Star certainly knows how to make likable quirky villains.
    • Super Kami Guru. Also lampshaded in Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged Episode 2 with his last words:
    Guru: I am hilarious... and you will quote... every-thing.. I... s-a-y...
    • Despite getting his ass handed to him in the fight against Freeza, Nail still managed to be completely badass and is one of the few people to actually piss him off and live. Well, sort of.
    • Cooler. His dislike for his younger brother has never been more understandable in any other version.
    • And the trend of the villains being both very likable and popular keeps going with Android 16, 17 and 18.
    • Yamcha, believe or not, as of season 3. At first he was just written as an arrogant, all-talk-no-bite kinda guy, but lately he's much more calm and reserved, and one of the few actually sane characters in the show. Not only that, but most of the others always treating him like shit, even worse than Krillin, to the point that he was Driven to Suicide in Trunks' timeline, earned him some major Woobie points.
    • Trunks. He was already a popular character in the canon, but Team Four Star manages to make him more likable by him often being the Only Sane Man, having Adorkable moments, and having moments where he is able to be casual with the other characters.
  • Evil Is Cool: Cooler. No pun intended.
    • Freeza, Vegeta, anybody the trope applied to in canon applies here.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Bulma has an insane infatuation with Zarbon the first time she lays eyes on him. And... then he transforms and she is less enthused.
    • Vegeta. In spades. Just read the Youtube comments on any given episode.
  • Foe Yay: Freeza toward Goku. Well, Goku thinks so anyway.
    Goku: Are... you coming on to me?
    • Not that some of Freeza's comments don't encourage such thinking, mind you....
    Freeza: Dirty monkey... Huh? Where— [Goku appears in front of him, two heads higher and with his abs in front of Freeza's face] Oh my god, you could grind meat on th—[stumbles back] AH!
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Jeice is not fast enough with the "Not It" to tell Captain Ginyu about Guldo's death. After Goku and Vegeta get through with the rest of them, Jeice would have had to inform the Captain anyways.
  • Growing the Beard: The series started off as a simple flanderization of several characters, with the occasional fourth wall-breaking and one-time gags. Ever since season 2 however, the characters became more distinct, the jokes became more structured and original, and the fourh-wall breaking stopped. Not to mention that the editting and voice acting have greatly improved.
  • Harsher in Hindsight/Not So Different:
    • In "Christmas Tree of Might", Gohan mentions to everyone, Yamcha included that suicide rates go up during the holidays. Then they all laugh about it. And later it's revealed that Yamcha committed suicide when he learnt of Bulma's pregnancy by Vegeta in the Bad Future.
    • Yamcha taking his own life is horrible enough as it is, but it becomes even worse when you consider that since nobody cares about him... nobody would even gather the dragon balls to wish him back.
    • Even if they did, whose to say he'd want to come back? Considering this is a universe where you can apparently refuse a wish a dragon attempted to grant, he would definitely refuse to be sent back to a group of people who made it clear they didn't care about him.
    • Bulma's nightmare about Vegeta threatening to rape her. Not only does she sleep with this guy at some point, but Yamcha calls her a slut for dreaming about him.
  • He Really Can Act: LittleKuriboh has gained this reaction thanks to his casually terrifying portrayal of Freeza which many consider to be superior to the official dubs, or at least on par with Chris Ayres.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Krillin shows interest in Bulma in episode 1. He then goes on to date a woman who looks just like Bulma.
    Vegeta: Nine minutes eighteen seconds, NINE MINUTES EIGHTEEN SECONDS!
    Nappa: What's that, Vegeta?
    Vegeta: Happiest... moment... of... my life!
    Nappa: (Realizing Gohan escaped his attack) Hey! Where'd he go? Did he disappear? Or was he never there to begin with?
    • I think that one requires clarification...
    • There's a point in Episode 35 where Gero shoots lasers out of his eyes. This occurs:
    Goku: Stop it!
    Gero: Never!
    • Note this is 5 days before release.
    • When Piccolo pulls off Gohan's tail, he asks "What the hell is that?" about his penis, setting up the joke in Episode 7 about how Namekians don't have them.
    • Bardock notes that Fasha wasn't Goku's mother, zoom to 2014, it reveals that his mother was in fact, a pacifistic Saiyan named Gine.
    • One of Nail's ideas for an attack name is Taco Tuesday.
    • During the fight between Vegeta and Android 19, Vegeta says he can't see why anyone would build a fat robot. In 2014 Disney would actually introduce a fat robot, and there are reasons why he's built that way.
    • Bulma claimed to be saving herself for Yamcha. Master Roshi called "bullshit" on that one. And now Bulma has a baby from another man.
  • Ho Yay: Putting aside the Tien/Chaotzu innuendo that prompts Yamcha (and once, Krillin) to say "gay", and ALSO putting aside ALL the Zarbon innuendo particularly since he's Camp Straight, Episode 30 had Dende confess his love for Gohan. And then promptly bolts (along with the entire Namekian race) when he sees how stunned Gohan is.
  • I Knew It:
    • Well, you know someone somewhere predicted that Jeice would be from Space Australia...
    • Likewise, you know someone somewhere predicted that Guldo would be "The Raditz" of the Ginyu Force.
    • Believe it or not, GHOST NAPPA was planned from the very beginning. Yet the fans guessed that he would appear, and they were right!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Vegeta's a horrible man to be sure, but the sheer amount of abuse he gets put through in the name of comedy earns him a few sympathy points.
    • The Ginyu Force, especially Jeice and Burter.
    • Dende.
    • Krillin acts insensitively towards a lot of people, but that's because the world is constantly out to get him.
    • Then there's Piccolo, who acts cold and aloof but is so insecure and desperate for friends that you kind of feel bad for him. Of course, he has Nail, but he doesn't do anything to help in the most dire of situations.
    • Cooler, who's shown to be more responsible, powerful and much less needlessly homicidal than his younger brother, yet aside from his minions is rarely given the respect he deserves, be it from the main characters or his own family. Even Goku expresses pity for him.
    • Raditz if you think about it. His father paid little to no attention, his planet was destroyed and he was treated with ridicule by his fellow remaining Saiyans, Nappa and Vegeta, due to him only being as powerful as a Saibaman. Even after he dies he still doesn't get any respect.
    Raditz: I... hate... ''all of you.'"
  • Love to Hate: Freeza.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Freeza.
    Dende: "Ah, it's good to be the king."
    • Cooler. He's shown to be even more powerful, cunning and competent than Freeza, yet he's not nearly as smug or arrogant, and he actually appreciates his minions for the the work they do for him.
    • Cell is also this, much like he is in canon. He easily outmaneuvers Piccolo and the other Z fighters despite being physically weaker, and by now he's devoured several towns always staying two steps ahead.
  • Memetic Badass: Scary or not, one has to admit Mr. Popo is quite powerful.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • Raditz.
    • Krillin combines this with Lovable Coward. Krillin Owned Counter, anyone?
    • Yamcha is never able to live this down.
  • Memetic Molester: Vegeta is slowly turning into one of these as of episode 18, possibly subverted that he MIGHT have been acting at the time. And then in episode 24:
    Vegeta: Now both of you. STRIP.
    • Mr. Popo as well.
    Mr. Popo: I'm terrifying and a potential rapist, but I'll never say it flat out.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Psychopath: This series is the root cause of Mr. Popo becoming one. He now has his own page on the villains wiki as a result.
  • Moe: Gohan
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Freeza's absolute relish when he kills Dende (which is not Played for Laughs). He goes even further during his savage No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Vegeta, which is arguably worse than in the original. At least then he had the excuse of being royally pissed but in the Abridged series, you get the impression that he's torturing Vegeta for fun.
    • It's also implied that Freeza destroyed planet Vegeta just for fun in this series.
    • Cell crossed it before his first appearance when he drank an entire town.
  • Most Annoying Sound: "Urgh. I just got here and this planet's already annoying me." — Vegeta's reaction to Krillin's epic screaming fit at the start of episode 13.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has its own page.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Even though Mr. Popo is made out to be terrifying, some of his quotes can easily negate this;
    • In Episode 40, he's completely whacked out on a gallon of LSD. And it is hilarious.
    • Surprisingly, Cell at times. Key word being at times.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Arguably GanXingBa as King Yemma. And his (mahogany) desk.
    • And the nameless farmer from Episode One (the one with the marijua—I mean, "carrot" patch).
    • Toolo from "Bardock: Father of Goku". Of course, he knew this would be on the page—HE CAN SEE THE FYOOO-CHURRRR!!!!
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: A lot of characters get this, especially Maron who's revealed to have acted stupid to get Krillin to confess to insurance fraud.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Both Porunga and Guru refer to a race of albino Namekians that were eliminated in "the purge" and based on their reactions to Krillin, they clearly performed that purge. Guru is also shown to be a sociopath and implied to be something more sinister.
    • Mr. Popo is just plain scary.
    • Chi-Chi went from being a strict mom to an Ax-Crazy psycho.
  • Special Effects Failure: During the scene when Freeza is watching Captain Ginyu's "Wheel Of Death" TV show, they forgot to edit out the Dragon Balls nearby despite them being stolen from him earlier. Additionally, they forgot to remove the GalacTV watermark from the first cut to Freeza.
    • Earlier, when Kami is dying, Popo shows cold indifference, however, right as this happens, You can see canon Popo shivering in sadness as Kami dissapears due to Piccolo's death.
    • After Freeza's scouter blows up in his fight with Vegeta, it appears and disappears randomly in the following scenes.
  • Squick: How everyone reacts when learning that Cui/Kui/Kiwi's race reproduces asexually.
    • The split-millisecond shot of Freeza in the shower when Krillin blinds Dodoria with a solar flare. When Krillin uses it on Freeza, it's the other way around. It's a split-second shot of Dodoria as a fat woman in lingerie.
    • In Kai Abridged 2 when Krillin uses it on Dodoria we get this shot of Lanipator as Dr. Frank-N-Furter..
    • After The Reveal that Dodoria is a woman.
      Dodoria: And that's why I was considered the most beautiful, and fertile, woman on my home planet. Before Freeza blew it up.
      Vegeta: He tends to do that, also huh-uugh.
      • Kai Abridged 2 kicks it up another notch.
        Dodoria: I have a thick... MEATY... VAGINA.
        Vegeta: *annihilates Dodoria Huh-uuugh...
    • Cell absorbing his first victim, complete with close-up shots and sound effects. In-universe, Nail throws up watching it.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Despite the fact that this series is a Gag Dub, Lanipator actually manages to play a better Piccolo and Vegeta than Christopher Sabat himself.
    • Also, Masako X's Goku is somehow the perfect synthesis of Masako Nozawa, Sean Schemmel, and even Peter Kelamis' previous portrayals... And, like Nozawa, he does double duty as Young/Old Goku and Gohan... and manages to make Young Goku and Gohan sound distinct from each other.
    • As said above, LittleKuriboh as Freeza is absolutely amazing, managing to sound sinister, uppity, polite, bored, irritated, funny, and at times genuinely horrifying.
    • Many fans have already started agreeing that Kaiser as Trunks is amazingly well done. And not just the voice but the dialogue as well.
    • Taka has somehow made Cell both hilarious and way more terrifying than the official dub.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: In several of the abridged movies they found a way for Icarus (who Lanipator vocally hates) to be eaten by the cast.
  • Ugly Cute: Guldo crosses into this, thanks to the endearing voice Takahata101 gives him.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Blue Popo is created to replace the "racially insensitive" Mr. Popo. Except no one told Mr. Popo, who was not amused.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Despite being a villain, Raditz does get more than his fair share's worth of crap. It doesn't help that Bardock was a pretty negligent father.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Same as in canon, but taken Up to Eleven. To the fanbase, Vegeta's egocentric penchant for irreverent sass is awesome and hilarious. In-universe, he's so hated by the others that to associate words like "love" and "friends" with him at all is to make too many assumptions.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Freeza, of course. Gohan inadvertently breaks it to Krillin at the beginning of episode 14 when Gohan admonishes Krillin for calling Freeza a "fag," which to Krillin means a "Freaky Alien Genotype," not a derogatory term for a homosexual.
    Krillin: THAT THING'S A GUY?!?
    • And now as of episode 15, Dodoria.
    • Fridge Brilliance, once you add in the fact that Zarbon is Mistaken for Gay, the three primary villains of Season Two before the Ginyu Force show up are all subject to other characters being baffled by these revelations.
  • The Woobie: Dende. His entire family is killed in front of him, he is mistreated by both Krillin and Vegeta, he watches his only friends beaten to near-death, he experiences the pain of death, and, most tragically, his Anguished Declaration of Love to Gohan blows up in his face. Even if he's a bit of a whiner, can you blame him?
    • Also Gohan himself, enduring all the stuff he did in the canon series, and MORE, while also have the problems of being the Only Sane Man.
    • Yamcha in season 3, especially in episode 35.
    • Much like in canon, just poor poor Trunks. Wanting so badly to meet his father, and then Vegeta treats him like absolute shit. You can't help but feel really sorry for the kid.
      • Vegeta treats Trunks even worse here. At least in canon he never flat out called Trunks a bastard to his face.
    • Episode 42 earns Kami some woobie points. He's been trapped up on the lookout for hundreds of years and now his duty as Guardian of Earth demands that he fuse with Piccolo, effectively surrendering his free will to someone he doesn't like and rid himself of centuries ago.

Alternative Title(s):

Dragon Ball Abridged