- 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?.
- Accidental Innuendo: Krillin's line after Trunks Badass Boast was "Badass. However, what a lot of viewers heard was "That Ass", which admittedly made an awesome moment into a funny moment.
- Adaptation Displacement: Lampshaded by Piccolo in DBZ Kai Abridged Episode 1.
- Alternative Character Interpretation:
- Is Nappa really evil, is he just too stupid to know right from wrong? Alternatively, is he really dumb or does he actually understand things, but maintains a fool's guise to distract Vegeta from the mass genocide of their race?
- Also, is Goku really as dumb as he lets on?
Goku: We have to wait on the Hypertonic Lion Tamer!
Mr. Popo: That one was on purpose!
Goku: Mighta been.
- Also this little bit.
Goku: I've got one more attack, but I need you to distract him while I charge it.
Piccolo: That doesn't seem so—
Goku: For five minutes. And seeing as how bad he was kicking my butt… Eh, I'm sure you'll be fine.
Piccolo: D-Did you just hold a grudge?
- Also this little bit.
- Was Chi-Chi serious when she said she wanted a divorce at the end of the first Broly movie? Or was she just venting her frustrations?
- When Dende mouths off at Popo after becoming the new Kami, Popo cracks a smile and remarks "I like you." Was it because he respects and admires Dende's new found sadism and attitude, or because he's looking forward to breaking his spirit?
- Angst? What Angst?:
Gohan: I'm beginning to think I have issues.
- 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.
- 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.
- Author's Saving Throw:
- Goku and Chi-Chi's sex scene in episode 55 was criticized for coming across as borderline rape (on Chi-Chi's part). Come the next episode, Krillin lampshades this and Goku makes it clear that Chi-Chi has his full consent and that he enjoys it. He equates it to an endurance test.
- As mentioned on Broken Base, some people didn't like the way Goku's and Chi-Chi's marriage was portrayed on the Broly special, as it broke the assumption that - despite her complaining - Chi-Chi and Goku loved each other. Episode 57 begins with a heartfelt talk between Goku and Chi-Chi that proves that They Really Do Love Each Other, implying that the films are not set in the same canon as the main series.
- Awesome Ego: Vegeta's heart is pure, unadulterated badass. Well, so he claims - he went Super Saiyan by throwing a temper tantrum.
- Perfect Cell is even more smug than Vegeta, but he manages to make it work.
- Awesome Music: Has its own page.
- 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.
- When 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 characterization angle, which worked in bits of humor around the horror.
- A rather minor one, but fans who hope the TFS team will continue the series past the Dragon Ball Z episodes are torn on whether they should follow the Dragon Ball GT continuity (which are already alluded to in the series) or Dragon Ball Super (as it is the official continuity, and is also slowly starting to be referenced in episodes).
- As of the Broly special, people are beginning to argue whether or not the "Goku sucks as a father" joke are still funny and are in jest, or are becoming hateful and preachy and if they cast doubt as to whether TFS truly likes him or not. Similarly, some people find the "I want a divorce" joke funny, while others don't like it, since it breaks the assumption that - despite her complaining - Chi-Chi was Happily Married.
- This gets especially bad in the Goku's Gonna Show You series where a good 20% of the the jokes made there revolve around this premise. Doesn't help the Gohan's overall disdain against his father for reasons he cannot control puts him pretty far in Unintentionally Unsympathetic territory.
- Cant Unhear It: Quite a few viewers have reported imagining dialogue in TFS's voices rather than those of one of the official dubs, which is quite a feat, given how well-established the latter are.
- 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
- Starting with the first Cooler movie, DBZA have made Korin and Yajirobe into a couple, even creating original animation for the Broly movie so they could have a wedding reception.
- Also, in the Broly movie, DBZA gave us Broly and Future Trunks, although it's a one-sided crush on Broly's part.
- Crazy Awesome: Goku might be much dumber than his canon counterpart, but it makes him no less badass, or times actually more so.
- Crosses the Line Twice:
17: If you wanted to piss off Mom and Dad, why didn't you just date a black guy?
- "We here at Team Four Star do not condone child violence. We do, however, find it hilarious."
- 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!
- Any and all interactions between Vegeta and Future Trunks in the Android / Cell saga tend to have at least an element of this, given Vegeta's hilariously abusive treatment of his son. It takes a special kind of asshole to tell your own son to his face "I don't listen to bastards", and hearing it prompts a final shift from Piccolo being a Drill Sergeant Nasty to Gohan to basically being a better father to him than Goku, just so he doesn't turn out like Trunks and Vegeta.
- 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:
18: Oh my god...
17: Oh, that's right. They're dead.
18: Oh my GOD!
- Krillin openly declares "That line has been crossed!" after Semi-Imperfect Cell gloats about how Android 18 is "practically asking to be absorbed"
- Hetap sponsoring the Cell Games. Yes. Hetap is sponsoring an event that could possibly end the world. Even Cell is surprised!
- Mr. Satan's inevitable and humiliating defeat. If it was anyone else being smacked into a plateau with a visible blood spatter, it would've been horrifying. But after all the egocentric hype he built up, it's just hilarious.
- Goku abusing his wife would be horribly unfunny in any circumstance, but when Goku unintentionally implies that he's done this in front of the entire world while he's innocent and cheerfully oblivious saying this all, it's funny for all the worst possible reasons.
- 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.
- Dr. Gero's obsession with killing Goku becomes somewhat more understandable when Bulma finds out that his son (whom he built Android 16 to resemble) was among the many Red Ribbon Army soldiers who died when Goku destroyed the organization's HQ.
- 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!!!
- Bardock in "Episode of Bardock." Team Four Star does not give him the heroic traits randomly assigned to him by the canon series, instead keeps him the genocidal bastard he always was. The only redeeming quality is that he's pointed (mostly) at Chilled and away from the young Saiyans, so he comes across as heroic only to those who don't know better.
- 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: I am hilarious and you will quote everything I say.
- 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:
Guru: I am hilarious... and you will quote... every-thing.. I... s-a-y...
- Mr. Popo, whose re-characterization as The Dreaded had fans in stitches.
- 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:
Goku Black: Because Vegeta, a rose by any other name—- *stabs him* is still Goku.
- 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 computer jargon, while making constant jokes of computer technical problems, which is absolutely hilarious. Not to mention his voice is a lot less annoying than canon.
- Despite not having "officially" appeared in the abridged series, Goku Black is getting immensely popular thanks to MasakoX's short but evil role thanks to this line:
- Ear Worm: "Vegeta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta geta."
- Evil Is Cool: Cooler due to being highly intelligent, assuming that Goku is still alive because his henchmen Never Found the Body, and much stronger than Freeza.
- Evil Is Sexy:
Bulma: KILL IT WITH FIRE!
- 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?
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!
- Not that some of Freeza's comments don't encourage such thinking, mind you....
Goku: [teleports onto Kami's Lookout] Please tell me no one here wants a piece of me.Trunks: Well, when Dad gets out of the [Hyperbolic Time] Chamber, he'll probably want a swing at you.Goku: ... I knew it!
- Goku also thinks Vegeta has a thing for him. After he escapes from having marathon sex with his hot Asian wife...
Cell: So, you gonna take a swing, or you just gonna stand there, staring into my eyes?Goku: Hmm? What was that? I was busy staring into your eyes.Cell: Oh, you beautiful Saiyan bastard, just punch me already!
- Goku and Cell. Goku pretty much admits that he's completely distracted by how handsome Perfect Cell is in his final form. The feeling is mutual, and the two actually flirt with each other before and during their fight — as only they can...
- Tien insults Vegeta so much that Yamcha refers to his incisive hatred towards Vegeta as a "mutually-sustained hate-boner."
- "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.
- When Freeza meets Guru, he is shocked over how fat he is since Namekians survive entirely on water. In Episode 30, it's revealed it's because he drank so much water that he caused the Great Drought, framed the Albino Namekians for it and ordered their genocide.
- Android 16's "Kill Goku" mantra takes a whole new level of "dark": Gero's real son sends a video call to him, who he hasn't seen for a long time, with him suggesting "Cyborgs" to be a preferred term rather than "Artificial humans". However, near the end of the video, kid Goku attacks the Red Ribbon base, with him being a casualty. Given what Dr. Gero did to avenge his death makes Gero's real goal even more disturbing.
- Genius Bonus:
- The Namekian language spoken is actually Klingon.
- Piccolo saying that a group of Namekians is called a "cornucopia" might seem like they picked a random word for the sake of humor, but that's the actual term for a group of slugs.
- 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?
- Speaking of Super, Korin and Yajirobe's relationship is very sweet and remains that way for this series. However, the aforementioned Super reveals that Yajirobe was one of the people who survived in Future Trunks' timeline, but Korin didn't. Poor guy...
- 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, who's 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.
- And even if they did somehow care enough about Yamcha for him to want to come back, the Dragon Balls were already used up by the Pilaf Gang when they wished to be younger. Because of this, the balls were inert for the six months leading up to the android attack anyway.
- Bulma's nightmare (dream?) about Vegeta threatening to rape her. She ends up sleeping with the guy later.
- Towards the end of Bardock: Father of Goku and beginning of Cooler's Revenge, there's a scene where Cooler, watching Freeza destroy Planet Vegeta, sarcastically comments "Killing off a bunch of monkeys; any liquored-up hillbilly with a shotgun could have done that at the zoo." After the 2016 death of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo when animal control were forced to shoot Harambe when a child fell into the gorilla enclosure, this joke gets a whole lot darker.
- 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 Abridged containing a few jokes about terrorists, came the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris.
- We have pretty much a world record with the Dragon Ball Super short "Burning Blue" with Trunks cleaving Merged Zamasu in half with his Spirit Sword. Shortly after, Zamasu is Not Quite Dead and kills mostly everyone in Future Trunks' timeline. Though if you want to be really dark about it…
- Yamcha being treated as an in-universe Memetic Badass before becoming a full-on Butt Monkey is eerily similar to Vegeta3986 (who previously voiced Yamcha) suffering from a similar fall from grace with the poor reception of Naruto: The Abridged Movie. Adding to it was Yamcha's treatment getting worse after Faulerro took over.
- 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.
- Early on in the Saiyan Saga, Nappa mentions that everyone important to (Gohan) is dead, totally dismissing Krillin. Come "History of Trunks" Abridged, and Krillin is one of the people Gohan remembered fondly enough to go Super Saiyan when he died.
- Vegeta is noted to be proud of Future Trunks as he acted out of his own will rather than harping after Vegeta. If this goes on like Canon, it means Vegeta will go absolutely ballistic over his son dying by the hands of Cell. In the canon, Vegeta hardly acknowledged Trunks as his son, till the above scene.
- He Really Can Act: Everyone as Season 3 proved with its much more dramatic atmosphere with Particular mentions going to MasakoX, Lanipator, KaiserNeko, and Takahata101.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
Vegeta: Nine minutes eighteen seconds, NINE MINUTES EIGHTEEN SECONDS!
- Krillin shows interest in Bulma in episode 1. He then goes on to date a woman who looks just like Bulma.
- Vegeta's breakdown in Episode 9:
Nappa: What's that, Vegeta?
Vegeta: Happiest… moment… of… my life!
- It refers to the point in the video when Vegeta finally kills Nappa… but with the revelation of GHOST NAPPA in episode 10, his killing is what's really Hilarious in Hindsight in that there is no salvation for Vegeta at all.
- So that really was the happiest moment of his life, in that it's all downhill from there.
Nappa: (Realizing Gohan escaped his attack) Hey! Where'd he go? Did he disappear? Or was he never there to begin with?
- Dragon Ball Z being recut, remade, abridged if you will? Removing the filler and padding to condense the plot? A crazy idea, I tells ya.
Takahata101: (to Christopher Sabat at a convention, regarding Kai) (Nappa's voice) WAY TO BE FOUR YEARS LATE TO THAT PARTY!!!!
- Also, Megami33's Bulma and Little Kuriboh's Freeza sounded like Monica Rial's Bulma and Chris Ayres' Freeza before either of their performances were broadcast.
- Lanipator's portrayal of Freeza (which was based on Linda Young's version) getting replaced by Little Kuriboh's version in the middle of the Bardock Abridged special wound up accurately predicting Chris Ayres taking over from Young in the middle of the Kai dub.
- So, nudity makes you stronger on this planet.
- Goku's voice actor is named MasakoX, which he confirmed that he named himself after Masako Nozawa, Goku's seiyuu. Take note that he started out two years before being cast as Goku.
- From episode of the Saiyan Saga where Goku returns from the dead;
- There was a running gag about Zarbon being Ambiguously Gay until it was revealed he had a girlfriend. Both Kaiser and J. Michael Tatum (his actor in Dragon Ball Kai) are Straight Gay.
- King Yemma's rant about his mahogany desk is a lot funnier now that another meme about mahogany has gone viral.
- Early in the Namek Saga, Krillin continuously screams "Quack" and Dodoria seems to think he's a Space Duck This is made funnier when you know of the Vargas.
- Namekimania 2011 on "GalacTv" in episode 20. Come episode 57 of Dragon Ball Super, "Godtube" is a thing.
- When Gohan attacks Freeza, it eerily foreshadows the climax of the Avengers film:
Goku: Stop it!Gero: Never!
- There's a point in Episode 35 where Gero shoots lasers out of his eyes. This occurs:
- 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.
- While charging the Spirit Bomb, Goku takes his time to get payback on Piccolo for letting him get cream by Raditz when he was charging the Special Beam Cannon. This shocks Piccolo, since he didn't think Goku could hold a grudge. In Super, Goku flicks Beerus on the forehead and chopped him on the back of the neck as payback for his humiliating defeat earlier. Beerus is surprised that Goku could hold such a petty grudge and notes that they're similar in that regard.
- "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.
- 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 that Dragon Ball Heroes has a version of Super 17 that fuses with 18 instead, resulting in a blond.
- 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*whistle*, 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.
- The "Power levels are bullshit" line, after the Goku vs Superman episodes of Death Battle, where Superman's distinct lack of a finite limit is brought up.
- The high placementnote of Dead Zone in Team Four Star's best movies and specials list for DBcember 2016 is hilarious when considering that most of the humour in Dead Zone Abridged comes from mocking the seemingly endless parade of plot holes in the original.
- At one point Vegeta says to Bulma, regarding Goku, "You must be as stupid as he is if you think he knows how to work a phone!" In Dragon Ball Super, Bulma gives Goku a phone because he wouldn't stop bugging her, telling him she'll call when Whis shows up so he can ask to train with him and Vegeta.
- KaiserNeko in a podcast says that he considers the Abridged movies to be alternate universes that branched off from the "main" timeline. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 said the movie antagonists are from alternate timelines in the first gameplay trailer for the game.
- Krillin manages to stall Nappa during their fight in Episode 9 by pointing out it's his turn, then proceeds to do nothing, effectively bringing the battle to a crashing halt. Sans would use a similar tactic in the genocide route of Undertale.
- In what is likely the fastest one yet, in 55 Goku has to be coerced into conceiving Goten by Chi-Chi in a manner that makes it seem like he doesn't know what she intends to do with him. That very weekend in Super, Goku claims he never kissed his wife on the lips despite being a married man and father of two.
- Sixth rule of Popo's training: don't break Popo's stuff. In Episode 91 of Super Popo threatens to ban Vegeta from the Hyperbolic Time Chamber if he destroys it again, complete with a close-up of Popo's eyes like DBZA often does.
- In episode 6, The Stinger has Kami refusing to "hang up" his psychic link with Piccolo because he's lonely, causing him to irritably scream, "GET OUT OF MY HEAD" Joined first by Nail and now by Kami himself, he's never going to be alone in his head again.
- In Abridged canon, Mr. Satan (Hercule) is portrayed as an actor as well as a martial artist. Guess what he does in Super's 73rd episode?
- On Christmas Day 2016, part one of Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan Abridged was released (the full movie being released later in January next year), finally answering the infamous question, "Wen Broly?" Around the same time the full movie came out, Dragon Ball Super released a trailer for the upcoming "Universe Survival Saga", which included a brief scene of a female Legendary Super Saiyan from Universe 6, the first canon instance of the form in the main series. Even more hilariously, there was a joke in the movie about Trunks being called Princess and Broly not minding either way. The now-canon Legendary Super Saiyan is, as stated before, female.
- Remember all those "Kaio-Ken" "Kaio-what" jokes? Guess what Goku pulls on Zamasu in Super. It almost makes you wonder if Toei Animation is watching this show for ideas or something.
- One of the more famous running gags of Team Four Star was "Ghost Nappa." In episode 76 of Super, multiple Ghost Nappas actually appear.
- Cell comments on how Yami Yugi has an abnormally deep voice. In the English dub for Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions Yami Yugi's voice sounds just like Yugi's, but more assertive.
- Among the common Running Gag of the abridged is how Goku kept forgetting he has a son...fast forward to Episode 78 of Super and when Vegeta suggest to take his son for the tournament, he thinks that Vegeta meant Goten before realizing that he meant the other son.
- When the #CellGames went beyond the DBZAbridgedverse into the rest of fiction in the wake of episode 54's release, Sonic's response on Twitter was that making him jealous of his Super Sonic swagger sounds tempting. Cut forward to the Cell Vs. series where he joins the line-up and actually attempt to fight (actually race) him, only to be outclassed entirely and was not able to use Super Sonic.
- Vegeta and Bulma's Slap-Slap-Kiss relationship. Vegeta at one point says, "You're bitchier than usual, and not in a hot way!" implying that Vegeta is usually turned on by Bulma acting like a bitch. Come Dragon Ball Super, and Vegeta explains to Goku that the reason they put up with their respective wives is because Saiyans are naturally attracted to strong-willed women, and all Saiyan women were like that. Piccolo is shocked at how much sense that makes.
- In Abridged, 17 wants to get a boat to get to Kame House, before 16 refuss and suggests flying instead. In Super, 17 tells Goku that he would like to use his wish with the Dragonballs for a big boat.
- In Dragon Ball Super Mr Popo sternly warns Vegeta against wrecking the Room of Spirit and Time, complete with extreme closeup of his empty eyes. This same episode also features a moment where the Zeno twins stare at the audience as the scene fades to black, leaving only their eyes in a Popo-esque fashion.
- In the next episode, Vegeta breaks the chamber again anyway. Guess rule 6 just doesn't apply to him.
- Broly flirting with Trunks looks even funnier in light of Kale's implied romantic feelings for Caulifla.
- 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.
- Dende's one-sided crush on Gohan is back in full force for episode 56. Seeing Gohan immediately calms Dende down from the sudden teleportation to Earth, and he never stops flirting with him from that point onward.
- In episode 55, Goku sizes up Cell and they both have a surprisingly pleasant rapport, with Goku being very impressed, and Cell lamenting having to kill him. When Goku returns to the lookout, he can't help but to gush over how handsome Cell is.
- TFS came out with a short from Super that really cements in the Ho Yay between Vegeta and Goku.
- Goku's fight with Cell in Episode 58 is full to the brim with this. It's left ambiguous whether Goku is doing it on purpose or not. In Episode 59, when Goku gives up and tells Cell that they "both know this was only a fight" Cell's response is a furious "You bitch." line, like a jilted lover.
- Jerkass Woobie:
Raditz: I… hate… all of you.
- 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.
- In the Ginyu Force. They all are mercenaries who gleefully work for Freeza and do his dirty work. However…
- Burter is revealed to be deeply insecure, believing that he has absolutely nothing that makes him unique, and just wants to be special. He claims that he's the fastest in the universe because without it, he's just "that big blue snake guy". Becomes sadder when we learn that this is why Ginyu had him on the team: a tall blue guy to balance out Jeice's short red guy.
- Jeice becomes this after the death of his best friend Burter.
- Guldo is looked down on by everybody and, unlike the two former, doesn't even have a friend to show him support.
- 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.
Cell: "Do you have any actual friends? Any relationships at all that aren't about your money or your position?"Mr. Satan: (weakly) "I have a daughter…"
- Dende. He tells Freeza the heroes are from Earth for a petty reason, turns out to be as narcissitic as Guru (Super Kami Dende) and can be a vengeful one but you can't help but feel bad for the kid who lost his family once and then got kidnapped by Goku, separating him again from his family.
- If you aren't completely turned off by Satan's It's All About Me attitude, you may feel a little sympathy for him in a Jerkass Woobie kind of way. If Cell really was accidentally telling the truth during his brief "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Mark "Hercule" Satan used to be a homeless man who started his carrier in Bum Fights. He still managed to become a famous star nonetheless. Now, he may be an Attention Whore, but he's also Lonely at the Top and the only person who may genuinely still love him is his daughter. Then comes the Foregone Conclusion of his "fight" with Cell, and the outcome is way more graphic than in canon.
- Love to Hate:
- Freeza. His pompous overconfidence and casual demeanor make him very punch-worthy, but is he ever hilarious while being so.
- Ginyu, who actually spends some moments as Freeza's Hyper-Competent Sidekick.
- Dende in episode 30.
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.
- Yamcha early in the series serving as a reverse Butt Monkey, with everyone commenting how awesome he is. Gets completely averted later on where he becomes a bigger Butt Monkey than Krillin.
- Tien due to a combination of mocking Vegeta and getting away with it as well as his performance against Cell.
- Memetic Mutation: The show is a Fountain of Memes in the Dragon Ball fandom, but there are some specific jokes for Team Four Star and the show:
Broly: But now is Broly… Now Broly!
- WEN BROLY?!/WEN X explanation
- Memetic Loser:
- Krillin combines this with Lovable Coward. Krillin Owned Counter, anyone?
- Yamcha is never able to live this down.
- Guldo. Vegeta throwing dog biscuits at his face doesn't help.
- Raditz. Having the same power level than a Saibamen does that. Also Krillin and Cell brings up how for being Goku's brother he has basically zero impact on the narrative aside being a Starter Villain. Bardock's friend even make fun of how he turned out to be.
- 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: I'm terrifying and a potential rapist, but I'll never say it flat out.
- Mr. Popo as well.
- 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.
- Misaimed Fandom: Many fans were upset during the Broly Abridged movie when Gohan casually revealed that Doctor Wheelo died of brain cancer in-between movies with many feeling that it was a cruel Happy Ending Override for the man. However Kaiser stated during the Team Four Star podcast after the movie was out that the ending of World's Strongest Abridged wasn't supposed to be happy in the first place and Wheelo getting stuck with a giant head was meant to be seen as a dark joke.
- Mis-blamed: A common misconception was that Vegeta3986 left Team Four Star on bad terms, or that Naruto: The Abridged Movie's poor reception either got him fired or he quit abridging out of shame. The true story was that he got a teaching job in Japan and he wasn't able to commit to schedule.
- Moral Event Horizon:
Piccolo: How… How many people?!
- 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.
- 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.
- Any time Nappa goes into Broken Record mode.
- 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, although the latest episodes tend to downplay it.
- 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 Effect 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.
- Super Android 13 Abridged opens with Dr. Gero's death from episodes 38-39. However, it's easy to tell where the TV footage ends and the movie footage begins thanks to the shading on the androids.
- How everyone reacts when learning that Cui/Kui/Kiwi's race reproduces asexually.
- A Running Gag is that an image of this type appears for a split-second whenever someone uses Solar Flare:
- When Krillin blinds Dodoria with a Solar Flare, there's a shot of Freeza in the shower. When Krillin uses it on Freeza, it's the other way around. It's a 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.
- Imperfect Cell's Solar Flare flashes a close-up image of flies mating.
- Semi-Perfect Cell's Solar Flare flashes a (mercifully cropped) picture of Android 18 and Cell porn. Extra squicky given Cell's obsession over absorbing 18 throughout the episode.
- 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…
- Kai Abridged 2 kicks it up another notch.
- 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.
- 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.
- It's no secret that TFS hates Broly, to the point where in the first Broly movie all the characters start to say that they would rather fight any other of the past movie villains than hear him say "Kakarot" again. Vegeta even suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D. over how cool Broly's concept is but gets cancelled by HOW DUMB his motivations are.
- Mr. Satan's students, who are disliked for being pointless filler characters during the Cell Games, get unceremoniously killed by Cell before the games even start.
- Ugly Cute: Guldo crosses into this, thanks to the endearing voice Takahata101 gives him.
- Uncanny Valley: With Team Four Star using Goku's Super Saiyan skin shading with his black eyes of his normal form in Episode 54, with Cell having his face, there's something that doesn't seem right about it.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Despite being a villain and Butt Monkey, 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. However, it's worth considering that he didn't see what happened, and had to rely on whatever Piccolo told him. This gets turned Up to Eleven in Masako's Goku's Gonna Show You series. Gohan constantly seems to take delight in Goku's misery and sadness in the games (ratching it up even further in Prey'' where Gohan pre-ordered the game to watch his own father scream), which have been shown to traumatize him. So much so that some have claimed that Gohan's battle against Cell is Laser-Guided Karma.
- 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 and he's the most popular character in the series. 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?!?
- 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 very well done animation used for Dr. Gero's son's final video that Bulma finds in 16's hard drive.
- What an Idiot: Goku, of course, but it reaches new levels when he gives Cell a Senzu Bean in episode 59. This move was already idiotic in the original, and it's just as bad here. Much like that same scene, everyone present was in sheer disbelief.
- 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. And then he dies of brain cancer between movies. Poor, poor man.