YMMV / Dragon Ball Z Abridged


  • Acceptable Targets:
    • Every single elderly character is hilariously unpleasant. Except possibly Kami.
    • The radio personalities from Episode 44 (TJ and the Wombat) are portrayed as pretty obnoxious (though Cell's absorption of them still comes off as horrific). It's taken Up to Eleven in the History of Trunks special, where they're actually aware of all the chaos that the Androids have been causing, but choose to maintain their personas, even after Wombat comments on how his fiance has just been killed in one of the attacks. He even notes in a positive light that this makes him single, although this may be a case of Angst? What Angst?.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Lampshaded by Piccolo in DBZ Kai Abridged Episode 1.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • 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. Freeza and King Cold followed suit.
  • Awesome Ego: Vegeta's heart is pure, unadulterated badass. Well, so he claims - he went Super Saiyan by throwing a temper tantrum.
  • Awesome Music: While for the most part the series uses music from the original Japanese DBZ soundtrack or the Kai soundtrack (much of which is already awesome on its own), occasionally we'll get something special.
    • For Vegeta's iconic Final Flash against Perfect Cell, a faux orchestral remix of Vegeta's SSJ theme from the Bruce Faulconer soundtrack plays.
    • Much like Kai, the abridged series seems to have a fondness for using "A Formidable Warrior, The Saiyan" in awesome moments.
    • In Episode 53, Trunks' fight with Perfect Cell is underscored by an awesome remix of "Hikari no Willpower", Future Trunks' battle theme from the Super Butoden video games (and its spinoffs, like Final Bout).
  • Better Than Canon: Some fans have argued this due to the series' faster pacing (which was one of the main sources of Arc Fatigue), witty dialogue, Continuity Nod to the Expanded Universe (particularly towards the movies), voice acting that rivals and sometimes even surpasses the original dub, and the fact the series tends to make fun of certain glaring plot holes in the canon series and sometimes justifies a few of them in the abridged series.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Episode of Bardock seems to be a Big Lipped Alligator Moment in universe.
    • The ending of episode 12 where not only Krillin wonders 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.
    • Wen Kaiser decided to have Cell Scat (the type of singing, not...other things) out of nowhere in the episode breakdown, which is especially jarring since the humor in breakdowns tends to be accidental or technical, not intended.
    • Episode 45 starts with Goku accidentally throwing Chi-Chi into space just after a heartwarming reunion, even combusting during it. The next scene, she's fine with no explanation, Lampshade Hanging nor even any mention of this incident.
  • Broken Base: There's one regarding how they adapted the Garlic Jr. Saga. Or rather, how they didn't; 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.
    • Episode 44 has proven to be mildly divisive. While many have praised it for its good mix of humor and dark moments, as well as further solidifying Cell as a major threats, others felt that Krillin's abortion joke was in bad taste, especially since it aired during a time where abortion rights were being hotly debated. Some felt that the last quarter of the episode, where Cell brutally massacres Nicki Town went too dark. Others thought that fit well with Cell's characterisation angle, which worked in bits of humor around the horror.
  • Crack Pairing:
    • Intentionally with Bulma and Vegeta, to make fun of what an unlikely pairing they were in the original.
    • History of Trunks has Bulma and Adult Gohan, though it's one-sided on her part. note 
  • 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 just plain tasteless. 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.)
    Vegeta: I WILL KILL AS MANY PEOPLE AS I HAVE TO AS LONG AS YOU ARE ONE OF THEM!!!
  • 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.
  • 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, who's re-characterization as The Dreaded had fans in stiches.
    • 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 of course his line: "Because, I'm a prick."
    • 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.
    • Android 19 is extremely loved. He appears to have the voice of Windows LH Michael and his dialogue is very full of technical jargon, which absolutely hilarious. Not to mention his voice is a lot less annoying than canon.
  • Ear Worm: "Vegeta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta."
  • Evil Is Cool: Cooler. No pun intended. Except when it is.
    • 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.
    Bulma: KILL IT WITH FIRE!
    • 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 fourth-wall breaking stopped. Not to mention that the editing and voice acting have greatly improved. Season 3 then goes above and beyond with every episode making a sincere effort to retain the drama of the original story while still being funny, even including some quite moving original material like Kami's speech about exactly why he's so hesitant to rejoin with Piccolo.
    • Also mentioned in the awesome page. The World's Strongest may be the crowning achievement of this evolution. They did a good work while editing and dubbing it, managing to change most of the plot, including the ending, and going to extensive effort to make sure the changes blended almost seamlessly with the original footage. The movie also features some genuinely sad moments, as well as some heartwarming ones (the biggest example may be Gohan being able to convince the woobie Anti-Villain Doctor Wheelo to do a Heel–Face Turn and then the gang gathering the Dragon Balls to give him a new body). Although History of Trunks could also qualify.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • 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.
    • During the Freeza Saga, Freeza has a minor tantrum about being reminded of his failures, with Piccolo snarkily replies with "What, your failure in killing me?" Guess what happens in Dragon Ball Super?
    • 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. Not that it would change anything.
    • 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 (dream?) about Vegeta threatening to rape her. She ends up sleeping with the guy later.
    • When Trunks leaves in episode 34, he makes a comment about wanting to know his father better. This is before we see how abusive Vegeta is to him (and before he spends a year with him in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.)
    • Shortly after the release of "Super Android 13," containing a few jokes about terrorists, came the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Dr. Gero's oddly protective attitude towards Android 16 takes on new significance with the revelation that the android is modeled on his dead son.
  • He Really Can Act: Everyone as season 3 proved with its much more dramatic atmosphere with Particular mentions going to Masako X, Lanipator, Kaiserneko, and Takahata 101.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Krillin shows interest in Bulma in episode 1. He then goes on to date a woman who looks just like Bulma.
    • In episode 5, as Vegeta and Nappa are headed to earth, it cuts to the Superfriends, and Superman doesn't think he and the others are strong enough to handle them. Fast Forward to Death Battle doing a match between Superman and an (identically voiced) Goku suggesting that Superman had absolutely nothing whatsoever to worry about. Even without the other superfriends, he's way stronger than Goku is even in his prime and could've kicked these early-series villains' asses without breaking a sweat.
    • Vegeta's breakdown in Episode 9:
    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?
    Gohan: Gohan smash effeminate alien! Gohan strongest there is!
    • There's a point in Episode 35 where Gero shoots lasers out of his eyes. This occurs:
    Goku: Stop it!
    Gero: Never!
    • Note this was 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.
    • Shenron's demeanor when Mr. Popo summons him at the end of the Freeza Saga is pretty similar to his reaction when he learns Beerus is around when he's summoned in Battle of Gods.
    • Freeza's ringtone being F by Maximum The Hormone. The same song that inspired Toriyama to bring the character back in a new movie. Better, one of the trailers and the movie itself uses exact same part of the song as the ringtone.
    • "If I'm really as evil as you say I am, then let God strike me down where I stand." In Resurrection F, Goku and Vegeta have both become Gods and take turns beating the tar out of Freeza. For that matter, Vegeta comparing himself to God may also qualify.
    • Freeza boasting that his transformation gimmick isn't going to get old any time soon. The next two characters who learn how to transform promptly kick his arse.
    • Compare this classic moment to these two.
    • In episode 32, a malfunctioning Frieza can't say Radio Shack, so he goes with the long out of business Circuit City. Radio Shack joined it a couple years later.
    • Android 17's argument with Android 18 over him looking better than her as a blonde, given this update from Dragon Ball Heroes.
    • In episode 25, Freiza is beating up Krillin, causing him to get two 1-ups. He would actually come back from the dead twice, once as a cyborg via his father King Cold, and a second time in Resurrection F.
    • In Revenge of Cooler, Mr. Popo casually creates a new sun after Goku accidentally destroys the old one. In Resurrection F, almost three years later, it is revealed that such a feat is even beyond Beerus and Whis. In short, Team Four Star retroactively made Mr. Popo leagues more powerful than the strongest characters in canon.
    • Remember when Vegeta killed off Ginyu by stepping on him? Ginyu briefly came back and took over Tagoma's body in Dragonball Super, unfortunately for Ginyu he was killed by Vegeta one episode later
    • Goku has stated that he doesn't like grapes. Fast forward to 2015, when a Japanese beverage company called Kirin Mets released two commercials promoting Resurrection F. The heroes represented one flavor while the villains represented the other. Guess which one the villains represented.
    • Krillin adopting a fake Mexican identity in DBZA became a lot funnier after Dragon Ball Super had him going around in a T-shirt that says "Tacos".
    • In Episode 23, Krillin jokes to Gohan that Bulma's bitchy attitude could be done away with if she got a little *winkwink*nudgenudge*clickclick*whislte*, and Gohan reminds him that he's making a sex joke to a five-year-old. In History of Trunks Abridged, the 23-year-old Gohan is propositioned by Bulma for exactly what Krillin was talking about.
    • If Frost had a dick, then Vegeta would have kicked it.
    • Dragon Ball Super revealed that the omniverse is ruled by a short, otherworldly figure with a blank expression and Dissonant Serenity that instills fear in just about everyone. No, it's not Mr. Popo.
  • 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.
  • 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. Also Guldo who is looked down on by everybody and, unlike the two former, doesn't even have a friend to show him support.
    • 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.
    • Tien due to a combination of mocking Vegeta and getting away with it as well as his performance against Cell.
  • 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 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.
  • Memetic Troll: Goku, if you're of the belief that he's intentionally playing up his dumbness. There's times when he shows unexpected Hyper Awareness which leaves the implication that he's intentionally riling up everyone around him.
  • 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. To make it worse, he keeps doing it after that.
    Piccolo: How... How many people?!
    Cell: Enough.
  • 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;
    Mr. Popo: "I'M SO F**KING HIGH RIGHT NOW!" and "CAUSE IT WAS NOTHIN' BUT GARLIC!"
    • In Episode 40, he's completely whacked out on a gallon of LSD. And it is hilarious.
    • Surprisingly, Cell at times. Key words being at times.
  • No Yay: Cell lives and breathes this trope with nearly everyone he interacts with, especially Android 17 and 18. In fact, he claims that 18 is "practically asking to be absorbed," and the image depicted in his Solar Flare is a cropped illustration of him raping her.
  • Older Than They Think: "Find me in the Alps" comes from a Bowdlerization of The Big Lebowski that changes "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass" to "This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps".
  • 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.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Deliberately invoked at the start of Bardock: The Father of Goku. The opening scene shows Bardock and his crew transformed into Oozarus and conquering a planet in the name of Freeza, but because "Dare" by Stan Bush is playing over it you can't help but cheer them on.
  • 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.
      • Vegeta's own scouter had a habit of appearing and disappearing in the first season, especially noticeable when multiple shots are used of Vegeta for lengthy monologue sequences.
    • When Maron tells Krillin the truth the background constantly changes between sunset and broad daylight.
  • 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.
    • Cell. Literally talking out of his ass. Vegeta is even disturbed by it.
    • Cell's Solar Flare flashes a close-up image of flies mating.
  • Superlative Dubbing:
    • Lanipator nails Vegeta and Piccolo perfectly, with some even thinking he does a better job than Christopher Sabat himself. Especially Piccolo who has a bigger voice range than Sabat's portrayal. Lani has even managed to pull off Brian Drummond's version for Kid Vegeta during Bardock the Father of Goku abridged.
    • 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.
    • Taka's Nappa received critical acclaim, which even got noticed by Christopher Sabat. He even got a role in Dragon Ball Xenoverse as male custom character voice 8.
    • 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 done amazingly well, having more emotion and versatility than the gruff voice of canon Trunks. 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 Icarus (who Lanipator vocally hates) manages to be eaten by the cast, several times.
    • In the Dead Zone remake, he keeps showing up dead during Gohan's drunken hallucination.
  • Ugly Cute: Guldo crosses into this, thanks to the endearing voice Takahata 101 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Gohan when it comes to his problems with his father, since he's shown to be angry with Goku for being absent since was four and sees Piccolo as more of a father for being around more, but he seems to disregard the fact that Goku was dead during that time because Piccolo killed him which unlike canon wasn't a Heroic Sacrifice it was flat out murder.
  • 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.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The credits sequence for History of Trunks Abridged - with Future Trunks' time machine acting as the TARDIS from the 2005-2008 Doctor Who intro while a mashup of the theme and Cha-La-Head-Cha-La plays.
  • 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, to add insult to injury, 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.
      • Future Gohan has it even worse. First Future Goku dies for good, then everyone else dies against them and he's left all alone and he hallucinates Future Piccolo as he tries to kill the Androids and fails each and every time until he ends up dead.
    • Future Chi-Chi, who only has her father since Future Goku is dead and Future Gohan never talks to her and for all she knows, he's dead. And without knowing it, she's outlived her son.
    • 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.
    • Surprisingly, Doctor Wheelo becomes this. He's gone through a pretty severe case of Adaptational Heroism so now instead of being actively malicious, he's just a poor man helpless to watch as his insane assistant turns all his peaceful inventions into evil weapons. By the end, he breaks down crying over the fact he is now trapped in a robotic body.

Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Abridged

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